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February 4, 1961

Progress Against Cancer Quackery

Author Affiliations

New York City; Eau Claire, Wis.; New York City

JAMA. 1961;175(5):401-402. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.63040050007021a

WITH THE PASSAGE of Senate Bill 194 by the California Legislature last year and similar acts in Kentucky and Nevada this year, those responsible for protecting the public health have for the first time been provided with an effective means of controlling cancer quackery at its base of operations in the local community. National agencies and others concerned with this problem have long held that action taken in the community where he lives can best protect the cancer patient from the mistreatment or delayed proper treatment which is inherent in quackery. As similar legislation is enacted by other states, and protection from cancer quackery increases, many lives will be saved and much needless suffering will be avoided.

This important step forward was achieved only after years of painstaking effort by the Cancer Commission of the California Medical Association and many other interested groups and individuals. Among these, the American Cancer

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