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September 9, 1944


Author Affiliations

New York. Acting Director, Memorial Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases.

JAMA. 1944;126(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850370063026

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To the Editor:—  I am interested to note your editorial of August 12 on the matter of claims for disability said to have resulted from cancer caused by a single injury. In my opinion this editorial is timely but scarcely goes far enough. Traumatic cancer attracted my interest for a rather brief period following the death of the late Dr. James Ewing. Dr. Ewing had been interested in this matter for years and at his death a number of unfinished cases were turned over to me for completion.In the course of hearings in these cases I acquired an exceedingly bad taste both for certain members of the legal profession and for members of the medical profession who seemed to me to be quite willing to testify to almost anything for a fee. I likewise learned to distrust the type of referee who is so afraid of possible injustice to

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