"Ewing's tumor"

More accurately termed “Ewing’s sarcoma,” this disease involves a small, round, blue cell tumor that turns up in soft tissue or bones such as the pelvis, femur, humerus, ribs, or collar bone. Named after American pathologist James Ewing (1866-1943), who first described it and identified the sarcoma as distinct from other lymphomas, it occurs more often in males, and more frequently in teenagers and young adults.

Yossarian knows the epidemiology well, because Ewing’s can include swelling and extreme bone pain, and tends to metastasize. He says Hungry Joe appreciates diseases that are “lingering” and “fulminating.”