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April 13, 1940

ANNUAL CONGRESS ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND LICENSURE

JAMA. 1940;114(15):1482-1485. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.62810150020028

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Abstract

COUNCIL ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HOSPITALS  February 13—Morning

Cancer in the Medical Curriculum  Dr. Ludvig Hektoen, Washington, D. C.: What should the medical student know about the cancerous diseases when he completes his course? He should have a good idea of their significance as social and medical problems. The importance of early diagnosis and prompt treatment of cancer should be so deeply stamped on his conscience that henceforth he will act under an acute sense of the gravity of his responsibility as to cancer. He should understand that accessible cancer is curable in the early local stages while practically 100 per cent fatal in the disseminated forms, and that the advance from the favorable to the unfavorable stage may take place within a very short and uncontrollable space of time; also that today cancer is not a one man job. The diagnosis and treatment require cooperatively organized and well equipped

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