The first accurate description of uterine carcinoma by Aretaeus of Cappadocia

Uterine cancer had been known since antiquity. The earliest documentation, even tenuous in the extreme, comes from the ancient Egyptian Kahun papyrus (c. 2000 BC). A small passage from another Egyptian papyrus, the Ebers, written in 1500 BC, that was mentioning: “woman gnawed in her uterus and in the vagina where ulcers develop” led some authors to conclude that the disease described was uterine cancer. Continue reading “The first accurate description of uterine carcinoma by Aretaeus of Cappadocia”

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