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A tumor registry functions as a unit where all cases of certain kinds of tumor may be completely reported, including the history of the patient, roentgenograms of the area involved, stained slides of the tissue examined, a complete report of the diagnosis, and follow-up of the treatment. The first tumor registry was founded by Dr. Emory A. Codman of Boston and embraced the field of bone sarcoma. Dr. Codman soon discovered that conducting a registry was too big a task for one man, so he turned the idea over to the American College of Surgeons, which formally founded a Registry of Bone Sarcoma in 1921. This registry has been in continuous operation at the home of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago ever since, and now more than 3,000 cases of bone sarcoma are registered there. A year after the founding of this registry, the American Academy
Miscellany. JAMA. 1948;136(16):1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890330053024