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Dr. Bosc of the University of Montpellier has thrown a bombshell among the medical profession of France by his 'declaration that he has, after 20 years' study of 'cancerous growths, discovered the microbe of cancer. He declares that the parasite he has discovered 1 excites the cells of the body, imparting to them a morbidly rapid prolificacy, causes them to lose their form a,nd deprives them of their functions in order, as it were, to domesticate them to its own profit. Nature's Defence. ■ Through the spread into all parts of the body or the cells which are the bearers of the cancer parasite, nature's defence ultimately succumbs. " The microbes," Professor Bosc continues, " are especially met with in water, above all, in stagnant "water. They are borne in the organisms of a great number of insects, fish and warmblooded 'animals. , .. "Cancer is< particularly frequent in villages in close proximity to streams, and its origin is often found in a scratch or abrasion' that seems as though it were accidental." The Scratch of a Bone. Professor Bosc concludes by citing several instances where cancer of the tongue could be traced to have originated from'i the scratch of a trout bone, and where cancer of the face has resulted from the sting of an insect. . Cancer of; the digestive organs was also observed to be extremely frequent in villages where snails were largely consumed, or where rabbits were found to be suffering from an affection of the liver. ' ■•■

Experiments in innoculation, which will place the discovery beyond a doubt, are yet to be made.

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CAUSE OF CANCER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 25 February 1914

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CAUSE OF CANCER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 25 February 1914

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