The first edition of this book was published in 1917. Very few copies came to this country, so that it is almost unknown here. It was written for the benefit of general practitioners not in a position to be especially familiar with cancer, and endeavored to give them easily digested information on the various ramifications of this subject. While it did not differ greatly from other books written for the same purpose and published in other parts of Europe at about that time, yet it was unusually comprehensive, well put together by a group of able writers, and did not contain information unsupported by known facts.
The second edition of the book has the same purpose and is written in much the same style. It has grown in size to keep abreast of the progress that has been achieved in the last fifteen years and so is forty pages longer.