Celsus, On Medicine, Volume III

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Appendix I

On The Meaning Of The Word “Cancer” In Celsus And His References To Malignant Disease

Under this term Celsus includes several entirely different diseases. The word “canker” has been used in the translation, as the conditions referred to do not, as far as we can judge, include the disease now generally known as cancer.a

He includes under this name:

  • (1) Septic and foul ulcerations.
  • (2) Erysipelas and Ignis Sacer.
  • (3) Gangrene.

(1) In Book V. 26. 31 Celsus describes the general characteristics of septic ulcerations.b He had noted early in his work that they occur especially in wounds

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