Early Cancer Histology

First Published Microscopic Sections of Cancer

Sir Everard Home, a British surgeon, was the first to publish histological sections of tumors in his 1830 book, “A short tract on the formation of tumours, and the peculiarities that are met with in the structure of those that have become cancerous; with their mode of treatment.” A copy of the book from Northwestern’s Galter Health Sciences Library Special Collections shows a plate captioned “the section of a cancerous tumour” with seven figures.