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Pathology of Tumours, R A Willis, 500 Illustrations, 992 pages, First Edition, Butterworth & Co, London, 1948.

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Pathology of Tumours, R A Willis, 500 Illustrations, 992 pages, First Edition, Butterworth & Co, London, 1948.  good copy, staining to the tanned boards. Spine is tanned with light shelf wear and tearing to bottom end.  Rupert Allan Willis (1898 – 1980), an Australian pathologist in England. Willis returned to Melbourne in 1927 where he became chief physician at the Austin Hospital for Incurable and Chronic Diseases, Heidelberg . As one of his first official acts he removed the term incurable from the name of the clinic. He worked intensively on cancer and carried out hundreds of autopsies on cancer patients. In 1930 he became chief pathologist at the Alfred Hospital . For his first monograph The Spread of Tumors in the Human Body(1934) he received in 1935 the David Syme Research Prize . In his work he describes the tumor dormancy and thus coined this term.

 

In 1945, Willis was appointed Professor of Human and Comparative Pathology at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England , London . In 1948 he went as a director of pathology at the Royal Cancer Hospital in Fulham and in 1950 as professor of pathology at the University of Leeds . Due to illness, he had to retire in 1955. He settled in Nancledra ( Cornwall down), where he held a private laboratory that the Medical Research Council funded. One of the main projects was the study of the effects of tobacco smoke on lung tissue of rats .