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Article
April 14, 1956

VALUE OF YEARLY PHYSICAL SURVEY IN THE ADULT FEMALE

JAMA. 1956;160(15):1289-1292. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960500019006
Abstract

• A program of annual examinations has been developed on the basis of five years of experience with about 5,000 patients who willingly support a plan of long-term prophylactic scrutiny in preference to episodic medical care.

The program detects a variety of constitutional illnesses but is especially concerned with cancer of the breast, genitalia, and alimentary tract. Problems of cytological laboratory tests, of costs and fees, and of regular medical care and intercurrent illnesses have been satisfactorily solved.

A number of coincidental diseases have been encountered, especially tuberculosis and diabetes. Eleven malignant tumors of the breast have been found. The detection of preinvasive uterine carcinoma is considered especially important.

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