Doctors confirm 200-year old diagnosis

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31 Dec 2016 - General

In 1786, John Hunter diagnosed a patient with a tumour in his lower thigh. The tumour was described to be ‘as hard as bone’. The patient recovered briefly in 4 weeks but faced difficulty breathing later. Bony tumours were noticed to have spread to his lungs, ribs, and lining of the heart. John Hunter’s writeup was quite fitting to the presenting conditions of osteosarcoma, and his treatment was very similar to what would have been done today.