America's war on cancer? With 600,000 Americans dying of the disease each year, we're still a long way from declaring victory. But doctors have come a very long way in their abilities to detect and treat cancer - as these 19th Century photos make abundantly clear. They appear courtesy of New York ophthalmologist Dr. Stanley B. Burns, whose collection of early medical photography is one of the world's largest.
CBS NEWS Coverage- Cancer in the 1800s
CBS News Heathwatch has produced another feature with Dr. Burns- . View images ranging from the first surgical procedure involving the anesthetic sulfuric ether to a remarkable story of the removal of a giant ovarian tumor. Please click HERE to view the feature.