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December 13, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(15):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890150035011

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Douglass Poteat, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, speaking at the annual meeting of the society, stated that cancer is killing about 188,000 Americans this year. Thus cancer is second only to conditions affecting the heart and circulation as the nation's most lethal disease. Cancer touches statistically 1 in 2 homes in America, kills 1 in 8 of all people. President Truman, recently urging expansion of scientific research programs, has declared that "in this expansion federal funds should supplement and not replace funds spent by industry and nonprofit institutions." The report by John R. Steelman, chairman of the President's Scientific Research Board, stated that less than 10 per cent of all public and private scientific research funds were for health purposes; he urged that the government should not adopt any policies which might have the effect of discouraging or driving foundations, private philanthropy and private health organizations from

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