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Who Discovered Pancreatic Cancer?

Postby Meridith » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:37 am

i've been assigned a project where i have to do research on Pancreatic Cancer. I've searched many sites for the discoverer of this cancer, but i can't seem to find it. could someone please tell me and give me a link to it, to use in the bibliography? thanks.
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Who Discovered Pancreatic Cancer?

Postby Cillian » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:41 am

We say some diseases are "discovered" by individuals because they have recognised a combination of symptoms, physical signs and an outcome or prognosis as related (ie they "put it all together") where no one has clicked to this before.

This has mainly happened for rare diseases (common ones have been understood for a long time by many people) and in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (because of increasing knowledge of medicine and increasing population -- more people have the rare disease).

Pancreatic cancer often causes jaundice. This is yellow skin and is an obvious sign. Ancient physicians in Egypt, Greece, China, etc. would have recognised this and linked it with a poor outcome. However, there is no record that they understood it was due to a tumour deep inside the abdomen, specifically the pancreas. So they had a partial grasp of the disease.

It was only when examining dead bodies was acceptable culturally did people find these tumours. One of the early "pathologists", but not necessarily the first, to find these tumours was Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682-1771).

So, in answer to your question, no single person discovered pancreatic cancer.
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