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September 12, 1942

AN ANALYSIS OF THE TRENDS IN CANCER RESEARCH

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NEW YORK
From the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.

JAMA. 1942;120(2):107-111. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830370019006
Abstract

It is not surprising that there should exist a degree of skepticism as to the value of experimental cancer research, for it is true that so far no answer has been found to the broad problem of the concrete cause and cure of the disease. Yet during the last four decades an impressive number of definite fundamental facts regarding the nature of malignancy has been established. It has perhaps been difficult for any one outside the field to get a comprehensive picture of the meaning of the progress. Until recently the experimental studies have been developed along three main lines more or less independently of one another. It is now evident that the cancer problem is so complex that no one approach is likely to give the complete answer. With the rapid accumulation of new knowledge it has become progressively more important to attempt the correlation of each advance so

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