By Jean Taché D.Sc. (auth.), Jean Taché D.Sc., Hans Selye C.C., M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., Stacey B. Day M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. (eds.)
When I brought the keynote handle at our joint 1977 symposium on melanoma, tension, and demise in Montreal, I took nice delight in saying my specific qualification for this singular honor-I had survived a quite often deadly melanoma, a histiocytic reticulosarcoma that had constructed lower than the surface of my thigh numerous years pre viously. confronted with the actual and emotional realities of this situa tion, I refused to retreat from lifestyles in desperation. I instantly underwent surgical procedure and cobalt remedy, yet insisted on understanding my probabilities for an enduring restoration, which at the moment appeared faraway from encouraging. even supposing I knew it should take great self-control, i used to be made up our minds to proceed residing and dealing with out being concerned concerning the end result. I suppressed any strategies of my ostensibly forthcoming loss of life, yet rewrote my will, together with in it numerous feedback for the continuation of my paintings by way of my colleagues. Having handled that company, I speedily compelled myself to ignore the total calamity. I immersed myself in my work-and I survived! yet, in fact, this used to be no longer my basically explanation for my emotions of delight and accomplishment.
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J) The examples of chronic topical irritation-for example, of the lips by a pipe, the uterine cervix by pessaries, the skin by chronic irradiation with sunlight or heat-support this view on the basis of clinical observations. In addition, animal experiments have shown that chronic irritation with a variety of stimuli can elicit local neoplastic changes. In many of our own investigations, the introduction of irritants into a granuloma pouch in the rat caused subcutaneous sarcomas. (30) Similar observations were made even by the implantation of chemically-inert pyrex rings in the same species.
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Cancer, Stress, and Death by Jean Taché D.Sc. (auth.), Jean Taché D.Sc., Hans Selye C.C., M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., Stacey B. Day M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. (eds.)