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August 21, 2002

Pediatric OncologyPrinciples and Practice of Pediatric Oncology

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002American Medical Association

JAMA. 2002;288(7):894-895. doi:10.1001/jama.288.7.894-JBK0821-2-1

Imagine the following scene. The year is 1969, more than 30 years ago. A young pediatrician is seated at an office desk. Across from the doctor are a couple holding hands and looking anxiously at the small child seated on her mother's lap. The pathologist has just confirmed the diagnosis, and the pediatrician is about to tell the them. Hoping to provide them with the most current medical advice, the doctor reaches for the latest edition of Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics, ninth edition. The doctor reads, "Leukemia is a uniformly fatal malignant disease due to uncontrolled neoplastic proliferation of leukocyte precursors . . . "1 Fade to black . . .

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