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‘One of the Most Grievous and Rebellious Diseases’: De ning, Diagnosing and the Causes of Cancer

In the long eighteenth century, cancer was considered to be among the most horrible diseases, a misery which one could hardly wish for anyone:

Is there a Man you hate, Or wish the hardest Fate, Bid neither Plague, nor Pox, Nor fam’d Pandora’s Box, Bid neither Gout, nor Stone, But (letting these alone) If wretcheder you’ll make him, en bid the Cancer take him.1