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May 20, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(3):228-232. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910380012005

To promote the maintenance of health in the individual, the medical profession for many years has been advocating the more widespread use of the periodic general physical examination. It is recognized, however that the extensive application of this complex and relatively expensive procedure in the detection of a specific disease like cancer still is of debatable value.

Since Nov. 1, 1946 the Maryland Division of the American Cancer Society and the Maryland State Department of Health, together with cooperating medical societies and hospitals, have operated a network of cancer detection centers. In December 1947 we reported the results in the examination of 1,709 presumably well persons.1 We propose to present herein the data on 8,152 examinations, as well as an appraisal of the current status of this departure in the field of medical service.

DISTRIBUTION OF CENTERS  The State of Maryland is composed of the City of Baltimore, with

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