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June 27, 1953


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American Cancer Society, Inc. 47 Beaver St. New York 4

JAMA. 1953;152(9):870. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690090094027

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To the Editor:  —The letter by L. Henry Garland in The Journal, May 2, 1953, page 75, admonishes directly only the American Cancer Society in the statement of the Cancer Commission of the California Medical Association. The American Cancer Society, thus, becomes the whipping boy for valid or imagined misconceptions about cancer detection; the fairness of this is open to question.First, the statement of the Cancer Commission charges that the proponents of cancer detection examinations "frequently imply that a detection procedure is a technical or quasi-lay procedure...." I can think of no form of physical examination that is not a technical procedure, and I know of no position ever taken by the American Cancer Society that would classify any detection procedure as "quasi-lay" or anything except what it should be, a medical procedure. Second, the Cancer Commission defines detection as the "effort to discover evidence of disease in persons

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