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December 2, 1950

Annual Reprint of the Reports of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association with the Comments That Have Appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 1949

JAMA. 1950;144(14):1217. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920140077026

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Of the six excellent reports on the status of various therapeutic preparations and procedures contained in this volume, perhaps the most noteworthy is the progress report "Estrogens and Androgens in Mammary Cancer," which presents an admirably organized study of the problem, and which is to be continued with procedures revised in the light of experience. The present conclusion is that steroid hormones represent a new weapon for the palliative treatment of breast cancer, to be used in those cases in which surgical or irradiation treatment, or both, cannot be applied or have proved unsuccessful. The other reports in this category are equally well planned and informative. That on organomercurial compounds represents a continuation of the Council's effort to encourage the development of more objective evidence concerning the true value of this class of compounds. The report of Grimson and co-workers, "Newer Adrenolytic, Sympatholytic and Ganglionic Blocking Drugs," is a brief

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