But cancer has been with us for a very long time, says oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee in a new history of the disease.
In a papyrus that dates back to 2500 B.C., an
Egyptian surgeon wrote of a bulge in the breast that was hard and cool
to the touch. The surgeon, who also dabbled in astrology and
architecture, chose poetic metaphors from the world of the pharaohs,
comparing the swelling to a hard "ball of wrappings" and "unripe hemat
fruit." Read More