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Gynecologic Oncology : Cancer Treatment and Research - C. Thomas Griffiths

Gynecologic Oncology

Cancer Treatment and Research

By: C. Thomas Griffiths (Editor), Arlan F. Fuller (Editor)


Published: 31st March 1983
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At the turn of the century gynecology had achieved independence from surgery in most medical schools; although gynecologists were surgeons, their interests were turning toward nonsurgical aspects of their specialty. In 1900, merely two years after the Curies' discovery, radium was first used as a treatment for carcinoma of the cervix. In that day cervical cancer claimed more women's lives than any other malignancy and was described by Wil- liam P. Graves, the second professor of gynecology at Harvard as follows: 'Cancer of the cervix may rightly be termed of all tumors one of the most deadly and most ghastly. It kills by slow torture, causing in later stages months of agonizing pain and producing a discharge of such a foul and nauseating character as to repel proper medical assistance. Nurses declined to care for these cases, while many public hospitals closed their wards to them as patients. ' In late twentieth century parlance the dramatic results of radium therapy would indeed have been called a 'breakthrough'? and radium techniques, later combined with external irradiation, were devel- oped by gynecologists, no longer just surgeons. Pathology was the basic science of gynecology and gynecologists with a special interest in pathology served as pathologist to the departments of gynecology. As late as 1970 six months of the three-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard were devoted to formal training in pathology.

Introduction: A Global Perspectivep. 1
Principles of Managementp. 9
The Clinicopathologic Interfacep. 35
Screening and Preinvasive Diseasep. 51
Carcinoma of the Vulvap. 79
Cancer of the Vaginap. 95
Cancer of the Cervixp. 105
Cancer of the Uterine Corpusp. 131
Cancer of the Ovary and Fallopian Tubep. 151
Gestational Trophoblastic Diseasep. 195
Continuing and Terminal Carep. 205
Further Readingp. 212
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780898385557
ISBN-10: 0898385555
Series: Cancer Treatment and Research : Book 10
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 389
Published: 31st March 1983
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.73