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THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1912;LIX(6):448-452. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080128026.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1912

IS CANCER OF INFECTIOUS NATURE?  A few years ago much was written about the infectious or parasitic nature of cancer, and intraecllular and other bodies were described which some regarded as probably the actual cause of caner. The failure to cultivate these bodies, coupled with the demonstration that they in large measure most likely are products of degenerative changes in the cells, as well as other reasons, soon led to the general abandonment of the idea that such bodies have any etiologic significance, and for a time we have heard comparatively little about the parasitic nature of malignant tumors. Now, however, voices are being raised again in favor of the parasitic theory, and the reasons now advanced in support of this view are seemingly more substantial because

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