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The pathologist's duties toward the Tumor Clinic are to aid in diagnosis, to evaluate various types of treatment and to encourage and direct research. The close association of pathologist and clinician made possible by the Tumor Clinic is of mutual benefit.
Various methods of obtaining biopsy specimens and preparing them for microscopic study are discussed. The danger of biopsy is considered to be minimal. The diagnostic import of the biopsy is stressed; and the grading of neoplasms histologically, with reference to prognosis and to radiosensitivity is analyzed briefly.
The serological diagnosis of malignancy seems to be of little practical value. At present, it is an experimental field which possibly may prove productive.
The importance of necropsy in the study of neoplastic disease is emphasized.
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☆Read as part of a symposium presented by the Tumor Clinic of the Memorial Hospital of Albany before the Staff of the Hudson City Hospital and the Medical Societies of Greene and Columbia Counties, December 10, 1935.
© 1936 Published by Elsevier Inc.