Through the Lens of Oncology History

The X-Ray Era 1901–1915

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, and Elizabeth A. Burns. The photo below is from the volume titled “The X-Ray Era: 1901–1915.” The photograph appears co...

Pigmented Vascular Tumor

Jo Cavallo  / April 25, 2017

The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photo below is from the volume titled “The Anesthesia Era 1845–1875” by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, and Elizabeth ...

Esophagoscopy by the High-Low Method

Chevalier Jackson, MD  / January 25, 2017

A Century of Progress The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photo below is from the volume titled “The Radium Era 1916–1945” by Stan...

Drainage of Massive Ascites: Patient of Nicholas Senn, MD

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

A Century of Progress The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, and Elizabeth A. Burns. The photo below is from the volume titled “The X-Ray Era: 1901&n...

Resuscitation During Surgery

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

A Century of Progress The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photo below is from the volume titled “The Antiseptic Era: 1876–1900” by...

Face Mask for Radiation Therapy

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

A Century of Progress The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photo below is from the volume titled “The Radium Era: 1916–1945.” The p...

The Anesthesia Era 1845–1875 Carte de Visite, London, circa 1858

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

A Century of Progress The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology: Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History,” by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photograph below, courtesy of Stanley B. Burns, MD, and The Burns Archive, is from...

Stereo X-Ray of Stomach Cancer

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

A Century of Progress The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photograph below, courtesy of Stanley B. Burns, MD, and The Burns Archive, is from the vol...

Issues in Oncology

Dr. William Morton and His Engineer

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

A Century of Progress The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photo below is from the volume titled “The Antiseptic Era: 1876–1900.” To view additional ph...

A Century of Progress: The Antiseptic Era: 1876–1890 (Circa 1890)

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

Fascination with electricity reached its peak in the last decades of the 19th century. Thomas Edison’s invention in 1879 of a practical light bulb set the stage for thousands of new devices. When Edison and Westinghouse created direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) delivery plants,...

Breast Cancer

Mastectomy Healed by Earth Dressing

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

Through the Lens of Oncology History A Century of Progress The text and photographs on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photos below are from the volume titled “The Anesthes...

Parotid Tumor Excision, Albumen Print, Paris, February 1872

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2015

A Century of Progress The text and photographs on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photos below are from the volume titled “The Anesthesia Era 1845-1875.” To view additional ...

‘Modern’ Surgical Scene, Circa 1945

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2015

A Century of Progress The text and photographs on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photos below are from the volume titled “The Anesthesia Era: 1916–1945.” To view additional...

Hypertrophic Tumor of the Forehead, Philadelphia, Circa 1870

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2015

Through the Lens of Oncology History: A Century of Progress The text and photographs on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photos below are from the volume titled “The Anesthes...

‘Frozen Sleep’ as Cancer Treatment, Springfield, Illinois, 1939

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2015

Through the Lens of Oncology History: A Century of Progress The text and photographs on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photo below is from the volume titled “The Radium Era...

Sarcoma of the Arm, Circa 1874

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2015

The text and photographs on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treatment: A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS. The photos below are from the volume titled “The Anesthesia Era: 1845–1875.” To view additional photos from this serie...

Breast Cancer

Man With Tumor of the Breast, Albumen Print, Paris, 1873

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2015

Through the Lens of Oncology History A Century of Progress The text and photographs on these pages represent the establishment of oncology as a viable medical specialty during the mid-1800s. The images and captions are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treat...

Gynecologic Cancers

Electro-Gynecology, Philadelphia, 1883

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2015

Through the Lens of Oncology History A Century of Progress The text and photographs on these pages represent the establishment of oncology as a viable medical specialty during the mid-1800s. The images and captions are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology Tumors & Treat...

Gynecologic Cancers

Woman With Ovarian Tumor, Daguerreotype, Wellington, Ohio, June 1851

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2014

In June 1851, Philip J. Bruckner, MD, hired a daguerreotypist to photograph this 275-pound, 33-year-old woman, who had borne five children while developing this massive tumor. Dr. Bruckner learned of this patient when Charles Breech, MD, of Wellington, Ohio, presented her case at a medical meeting. ...

Breast Cancer

First Photographs of Breast Surgery, New York City, 1886

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2014

Antiseptic principles delivered the promise of safe surgery, while asepsis allowed safe major dissections and invasion of body cavities. The physicians who were using these techniques recognized the amazing difference in their surgical results and corresponding mortality rates and proselytized to th...

Lymphoma

Lympho-Sarcoma Treated by Radiation, Patient of Francis H. Williams, MD, Boston, 1902

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2014

One of the miracles produced by the x-ray was the relatively easy treatment of inoperable or disfiguring tumors. If not a cure, the results frequently gave the patients at least some time to look and feel normal. The young patient shown in these photographs had a remarkable response. Images such as ...

Solid Tumors

Sluys-Kessler Radium Apparatus, Paris, 1930

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2014

Devices to accurately deliver high-dose radium therapy became extremely sophisticated during the late 1920s. In this photograph, the patient is being treated for a carcinoma of the back by a Sluys-Kessler machine. This apparatus could also accurately deliver therapy for a wide variety of internal tu...

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