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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 17, 2010


JAMA. 2010;303(11):1096. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.241

In respect to the endeavor to remove or to relieve human suffering from disease, “the brotherhood of man” is not an empty phrase; witness the eagerness with which our profession is seconded in its work. For example, the present antituberculosis propaganda is mitigating suffering and minimizing disease from that plague to an enormous extent; moreover, it bids fair to revolutionize human life on the side of sanitation and prophylaxis. This propaganda has assumed its great influence and beneficence largely because of the support given it by men of great affairs and wealth. . . . The recent bequest of Mr. George Crocker is tinctured with pathos, since both he and his wife before him died of this dreadful disease. His gift, which may total $1,500,000, is for the prosecution of medical and surgical research regarding cancer . . . [is] to be turned over to Columbia University, in New York City, to be used for biologic laboratory research. . . . With the possible exception of one made to a London institution for the same purpose, this is the largest single bequest made to this cause, whether by an individual or by a government. Thus is the generosity of wealthy humanitarians coupled with the devotion and heroism of a veritable army, distributed throughout the civilized world, of surgeons, laboratory workers, clinicians, statisticians and nurses.

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