The History of Cancer

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To learn more about the history of cancer

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Encyclopedia Britannica. See entries on Medicine, History of Cancer.

Lyons AS, Petrucelli RJ. Medicine: An Illustrated History. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publishers; 1978.

Shimkin MB. Contrary to Nature: Cancer. For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, US Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20401. DHEW Publication No (NIH) 76-720; 1976.

Mukherjee, S. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. New York: Scribner; 2010.

Last Medical Review: 06/12/2014
Last Revised: 06/12/2014