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October 29, 1938

Standards for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1689. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440083032

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Abstract

Admittedly for the purpose of reference on the part of the general practitioner, the cancer manual developed by the Executive Cancer Committee of the Iowa State Medical Society is practical, clear and concise. After a brief introduction in which the cooperation of medical and lay educational campaigns against cancer is urged, the authors take up briefly some general considerations. In this section, as throughout the manual, the language used is simple and avoids, so far as possible, complicated terminology. This is, of course, a valuable characteristic of the book from the point of view of the general practitioner. In cancer therapy as in most other branches of medicine there is a tendency to develop specialists. Valuable as the services of these highly trained men may be, there is also need of enlisting the support cf the members of the profession who cannot restrict their practice to the field of malignant

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