Probably no subject in the history of medicine has been given such intensive investigation and research as has the study of cancer during the last two decades. The creation of cancer foundations, clinics, institutes, societies for the study and control of cancer, publications devoted exclusively to the subject of cancer and wide propaganda for the education of the public are without parallel in our generation.
The results of such vast and varied activities are naturally intricate and so comprehensive that they cannot be grasped by an individual mind. It will probably remain for another generation to digest fully the enormous volume of facts, theories and experiments now accumulating in research laboratories and to evolve new truths about the origin and treatment of cancer.
One of the features of this intensive effort has been the increasing importance attached to radiation therapy in cancer. One has only to refer to the literature
GRIER W. THE ROLE OF THE RADIOLOGIST IN THE TREATMENT OF CANCER: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1933;101(13):965–966. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740380001001
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