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October 18, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(16):1141-1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720160001001

The extensive education of the lay public which has been conducted in the past fifteen years by the American Society for the Control of Cancer has created a situation not without interest to the medical profession as a whole. The fact is that while it is perfectly possible to have the lay public absorb a certain amount of information concerning the symptoms of cancer, after such absorption has taken place and the desired reaction occurred the profession is not in a position, speaking generally, to render efficient service to those who apply for it. In other words, the medical profession as a whole is not yet prepared accurately to diagnose the disease which it is called on to treat, at a stage which permits of effective therapeutic attack, nor are all surgeons or radiologists prepared to offer the proper therapy.1

This failure is not confined to the internal group

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