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March 17, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(11):826. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920290052014

The role of community case registers in cancer control programs has been reviewed by Sidney J. Cutler of the National Cancer Institute.1 His article should be of interest to public health workers who plan or operate statistical studies or routine reporting systems. A satisfactory community program for the prevention and control of any disease requires knowledge of the number, location and characteristics of cases. Data on the incidence of new cases, on the relative incidence of the disease in various segments of the population and on the total number of afflicted persons may be gathered either by a routine reporting system or by periodic surveys and special studies. While a routine reporting system can easily be enforced for acute communicable diseases, its use in chronic disease control can be justified only if service is given, as in a community disease control program. In such instances, records are kept to

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