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Perkins, HA (1884) Cancer in cattle. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 243-252.

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Abstract

The description of Osteo Sarcoma which I am about to give, is based on examples obtained in Tasmania. Osteo-Sarcoma, or what is called cancer in cattle, is a disease affecting the lower jaw in most cases, and on very rare occasions the upper jaw, is most frequently met with in steers, cows, and bulls in the order named between the age of two and six years The favourite side of origin of the disease is at the second or third molar teeth. It will be noticed that Mr. Kendall attributes the prevalence of the disease to hereditary transmision as one of the chief causes. In Tasmania where there is so much in breeding, it is quite possible that constitutional diseases may be handed down from one herd to another until in a country of limited area like this island, we find after the lapse of years that the whole of the stock is more or less affected. Another recommendation to be made is the removal and improvement in the working of the slaughteryards or abattoirs. A suggestion I may make is the establishment of a hulk or floating sheds in the river as an abattoir, where drainage and cleanliness could be perfectly maintained. Animals should be yarded or enclosed on shore prior to slaughtering, and all diseased viscera and condemned meat burnt. Lastly, all cases of diseased cattle within the city boundary should be reported to the Municipal authorities, or to a Government Stock Office; and inspection should thereupon take place by a competent veterinary surgeon.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 243-252
Additional Information: In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 05:00
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:45
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/15685
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