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March 17, 1956

Cancer and Common Sense

JAMA. 1956;160(11):1003. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960460081024
Abstract

Dr. Crile discusses cancer and the end-results obtained by our present methods of treatment with frankness and sincerity and without fear. He devotes one chapter to the zone of diminishing returns, indicating that medical men have probably reached the zenith as far as the present modes of attack are concerned. It is edifying to read that "in faith and philosophy there are comforts that science cannot give." The idea of the author that fear planted in the minds of the laity has given rise to cancerphobia is not new but merits presentation to the medical profession. The writer discusses the nature of both early and late cancer and the end-results obtained, and he attributes success and failure in many cases to the type of malignancy and the age of the patient rather than to the type of curative attack. He believes that surgery is not always the answer to serious

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