Doctors confirm 200-year-old diagnosis
Doctors have confirmed a diagnosis made more than 200 years ago by one of medicine's most influential surgeons.
John Hunter had diagnosed a patient in 1786 with a "tumour as hard as bone".
Royal Marsden Hospital doctors analysed patient samples and case notes, which were preserved at the museum named after him - the Hunterian in London.
As well as confirming the diagnosis, the cancer team believe Mr Hunter's centuries-old samples may give clues as to how cancer is changing over time.
"It started out as a bit of fun exploration, but we were amazed by John Hunter's insight," Dr Christina Messiou told the BBC News website.
Mr Hunter became surgeon to King George III in 1776 and is one of the surgeons credited with moving the medical discipline from butchery to a science.
He's also rumoured to have given himself gonorrhoea as an experiment while writing a book about venereal diseases....