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Volume 2011, Article ID 457532, 4 pages
Review Article

Ewing Sarcoma: An Eponym Window to History

1Division of Hematology/Oncology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, ML7015, OH 45229, USA
2University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH 45267, USA

Received 27 June 2010; Accepted 30 October 2010

Academic Editor: R. Pollock

Copyright © 2011 Timothy P. Cripe. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ewing sarcoma was named after James R. Ewing, an eminent American pathologist at Cornell who described the first cases in 1921. Although he is best remembered for this singular achievement, Ewing's contributions to the study of cancer were far more profound and influential. He essentially launched oncology as a discipline with the publication of his seminal textbook and founded the major American cancer societies that exist today. His vision of comprehensive cancer centers still drives our research infrastructure. Since his initial report, these organizations have helped us achieve numerous milestones in understanding and treating patients with Ewing sarcoma.