The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

The Cancer of President U.S. Grant

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 58-64 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010012

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This chapter analyzes the oral squamous cell carcinoma of American Civil War hero Ulysses Grant. Today, the deleterious effects of the use of alcohol and tobacco are well documented and many forms of oral cancer can now be treated very successfully if diagnosed at an early stage. Such was not the case in the nineteenth century. Grantʼs case illustrates both the need for early detection of head and neck cancers and the importance of the public understanding the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol.

Keywords: American Civil War, biopsy, epithelioma, exophytic, hypoepiglottic ligament, leukoplakia, lymph nodes, nicotine, optical diagnosis, oral cancer, oral medicine, photodynamic diagnosis, squamous cell carcinoma, oral pathology.

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