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Until the 1920s, oat cell carcinomas were widely assumed to be lymphosarcomas. There was no standardized and generally agreed terminology when Adler published his book in 1912. 54 Take the case of a young sailor, for example, J. 56 H. had been feeling ill for 15 weeks and attributed this illness to hard training for a rowing match. First he had felt ‘merely uneasiness about the chest and shortness of breath’, but later he began to cough up blood. 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.
33 There is no discussion in Stokes’ book of the nature or origin of the cancerous tissue. His interest was diagnosis. Differential diagnosis in Victorian London I have presented the case of Mary Benbow, written up by Dr Henry Marshall Hughes of Guy’s Hospital, London, on the opening pages of this book. 34 The stories of Mary Benbow and Anne Davies provide us with more detail on the patients than the cases reported on by Stokes. Anne Davies, we learn, kept a milliner’s shop, was 41 years old and had been a widow for ten years, when she was admitted on 12 October 1841.
With the 1889 Infectious Disease (Notiﬁcation) Act this became reality, but only for diseases classiﬁed as infectious. But back to cancer: had its incidence really increased since the mid nineteenth century? King and Newsholme came to the conclusion that it had not, and that the apparent increase was simply due to improved diagnosis and registration, especially of cancers that, like lung cancer, affected internal organs. The data from England and Wales alone was insufﬁcient to support their hypothesis, as death certiﬁcates did not include information on the organs affected by cancer.