Theodora Psaltopoulou's scientific contributions

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For centuries several hypotheses were formulated on can-cer's pathogenesis such as contagiousness, melancholy, heredity and sexuality. In the 18 th and 19 th century, despite the advent of medical thought and practice, cancer was considered an incurable and contagious disease. Hospitals were refusing to treat cancer patients while the social stigma...


... For this reason, Jean Godinot (1661-1739), canon of the cathedral in the French city of Rheims, accepted, in 1740, to transform his cathedral in the first cancer hospital for the poor for a considerable amount of money. It was called "Hôpital des cancers"; however, after few years, in 1779, the hospital was dislocated outside city to avoid multiples infections [26]. ...