THE PROBLEMS OF CANCER
EMBRYOLOGICAL ASPECTS AND ETIOLOGY OF CARCINOMA*
At a time when so much is being attempted in the investigation of the problem of the nature of cancer, it may appear presumptuous on the part of an embryologist to express opinions and conclusions regarding this grave question. It has long been a subject of earnest research by physicians and pathologists, who naturally are familiar with actual facts and finds concerning carcinoma, foreign to the embryologist. But hitherto the physician and the surgeon, the pathologist and the gynaeco1ogist, have failed utterly to establish anything concerning the etiology of cancer, and without the intervention of the embryologist success may be as distant in the future as in the past.
As indicated by the above title, the present chapter is intended to deal with aspects of carcinoma as they strike an embryologist, and not every embryologist, but one particular investigator. At the outset it may be asked, “Is the etiology of carcinoma an embryological problem?“ As the thing itself and its manifestations demonstrably fall within the province of the surgeon and the pathologist, for it confronts them almost daily, it is possibly not
* The Lancet, June 21, 1902.