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August 7, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(6):434-435. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780320036015

A bill1 establishing a National Cancer Institute as a division of the United States Public Health Service has passed both houses of Congress. It will become a law when signed by the President. The bill creates a National Cancer Advisory Council and enlarges the functions and resources of the Public Health Service with respect to the study and treatment of cancer. To house the proposed institute, the Secretary of the Treasury is empowered to acquire suitable land in or near the District of Columbia and the appropriation of $750,000 for the erection and equipment of buildings is authorized. An annual appropriation of $700,000 is authorized for maintenance and operation. The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized, too, to accept gifts and bequests to further the work of the institute. All this, moreover, is not to replace but to supplement such authority and appropriations relating to the study of the