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July 31, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(14):950. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840310042014

What can be done to control cancer more and more effectively in the years to come? Unremitting promotion of research on cancer, better education about cancer, more facilities for diagnosis and treatment of cancer—the basic elements in control of cancer—should greatly improve the situation.

The only hope of solving fundamental problems of cancer lies in research. But the immediate needs of the cancer patient are not met with the promises of research. The patient must be treated as well as possible with the means at hand. Consequently clinical research on cancer—observational, diagnostic, surgical, radiologic—must be intensified. Here is a vast field for continued progress by clinicians and pathologists. An urgent need is research into the incidence and characteristics of cancer in different areas and environments. Studies must be made of social and economic aspects with a view to providing adequate services for all types of patients. What are the trends

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