Excerpt from The Philosophy of Tumour-Disease: A Research for Principles of Its Treatment The beginning of the present research is incorporated in a volume entitled Dissolution and Evolution and the Science of Medicine (Longmans & Co.). While attempting in that work to give coherence to the essentials of Pathology I have set forth a new conception of tumour-disease. It is w intended to bring this conception into closer embrace with the truth by putting it through the crucible of a more extended and searching examination of the subject. Of the problems in medicine, at present pressing for solution, that concerned with the nature, origin, and causes of tumours is certainly the weightiest. Momentous interest attaches to it from the possible discovery of some preventive or cure for cancer. Then the problem is of great intrinsic difficulty. Of this anyone may convince himself by the reflection that tumour-disease has existed from the earliest historical periods; that it has been among the most observed of all diseases; and that upon the question of its nature and causation there are as yet signs of unanimity. So divergent are men's views upon the subject that to many it may seem a hopeless task to search for a basis of reconciliation without some years of further observation and experiment. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.