A History of Lung Cancer: The Recalcitrant Disease by C. Timmermann

By C. Timmermann

The 1st complete historical past of lung melanoma from round 1800 to the current day; a narrative of medical professionals and sufferers, hopes and fears, expectancies and frustrations. the place so much histories of drugs concentrate on development, Timmermann asks what occurs while clinical growth doesn't appear to make a lot distinction.

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The physical examination on admission revealed the symptoms we already encountered in other cases: unusual sounds in some places of the chest and the absence of respiratory murmurs in others. H. remained in hospital until mid October, by which time he also suffered occasional fainting fits. On 19 October he left for lodgings in Greenwich, visited from time to time by the resident medical officer of the Dreadnought, Mr Leach. H. grew increasingly weaker, suffering distress and pain in the left side of the chest and great dyspnoea (shortness of breath), and died on 26 November.

Taylor found Mrs Davies to be of ‘sanguine nervous temperament’; she had dark hair and eyes, and her habits were regular. A visitor told the nurse that she had been imprisoned lately for debt and suffered from anxiety. One of her sisters was said to have cancer of the womb and was living. That these details are mentioned points to the roles assigned to psychological factors and heredity in the aetiology of the disease. Mrs Davies was apparently in good health until the previous February when she moved into a house in Islington which turned out to be damp, and she attributed her illness to this fact.

He structured the data collected by the GRO by grouping people by age and by occupations, which he categorized into five classes and 18 orders. He also developed a taxonomy of disease, which he continued to refine over several decades, grouping illnesses into five classes: zymotic, constitutional, local, developmental and violent. Cancer in this system was classified as a constitutional disease, along with gout, dropsy (a pre-localist term for what today would be diagnosed as kidney disease69) and tuberculosis.

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