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July 21, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(12):1148-1149. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670120058020

Royal Cancer Hospital Centenary.  —The centenary of the Royal Cancer Hospital of London was celebrated on May 17, 1951. There was a reception at the hospital and demonstrations in the Chester Beatty Research Institute. At the centenary dinner, the chairman of the hospital board, Sir Edward Cripps, read a message from the King, congratulating the hospital on its great work during the hundred years of its existence and wishing it continued success.Sir Henry Dale spoke of Dr. William Marsden, who founded the hospital at Hollywood Rd., West Brompton, after his wife died of cancer. It was later moved to its present site in Fulham Rd. It was the first hospital to deal solely with cancer. Sir Henry spoke of the lack of encouragement the hospital received in early days, as others did not altogether approve of a charitable hospital for one disease, but the founders persisted with their "courageous

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