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September 18, 1948


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Surgery and the Laboratory of Surgical Pathology of the School of Medicine of Columbia University.

JAMA. 1948;138(3):195-205. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.62900030001006

Cancer of the breast is one of the great diseases with which physicians have struggled since time immemorial. For the modern physician, however, cancer of the breast is a greater challenge than it was to his colleagues of even a generation ago, because today there are improved diagnostic methods that often make it possible to recognize the disease while it is still early, and there are new therapeutic methods that give better control over it. Unfortunately, this new knowledge has not as yet been fully digested and applied. There is a long way to go in the education of both the medical profession and the public. In a recent series of cases coming to the Presbyterian Hospital in which a careful study of the manner of diagnosis was made, it was found that wrong medical advice had been given to 27 per cent of the patients by the first physician

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