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July 21, 1917


Author Affiliations

Associate Professor and Head of Division of Dermatology and Syphilis, University of Minnesota Medical School MINNEAPOLIS

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):179-182. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300019006

Much has been said and written on the subject of skin cancer. Hazen,1 in a recent book, has given an ample presentation of the subject. My reason for presenting this analysis of forty-three cases is that I have found that a lamentable lack of knowledge of the dangers of skin cancer still exists as regards both the general public and the average physician.

I have had patients tell me that their family physician told them to leave these lesions alone and, in other instances, I have seen cancer near the eye burned off with caustics and recurrences take place and destroy the eye and endanger life itself.

At the present time, both the medical journals and the newspapers have done good work in the dissemination of knowledge on this subject. It is only by endless repetition, however, that any medical facts are generally made known to the public, and

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