The physician's interest in patients with cancer frequently diminishes in proportion to the spread of cancer from its original site to other organs, because medicine or surgery offers little to relieve metastatic cancer and radiation therapy is at best only palliative. Neoplastic metastases, therefore, are seldom the subject of intensive scientific study.
This book, written in German by a Swiss radiologist, attempts to fill this gap in the medical literature and is based on many years of clinical experience and extensive study of pathologicanatomic material. Postmortem examinations on 3,433 patients with cancer form the basis for the author's thoughtful monograph. An attempt is made to uncover guiding principles which govern the spread of cancer and thus to facilitate the evaluation of the prognosis in different types of malignant growths.
The book is divided into two main parts. In the general section, the morphologic and biologic qualities of the cancer cells