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November 24, 1951

FATAL PAUSE IN DIAGNOSIS OF NEOPLASTIC DISEASE IN PHYSICIAN-PATIENT

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn.

From the Department of Surgery of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Surgical Services of the Vanderbilt University and St. Thomas Hospitals.

JAMA. 1951;147(13):1219-1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670300033007
Abstract

The problem of cancer has, in the past few years, been taken from the realm of darkness and dragged into the public eye. This is the same path that has been followed by poliomyelitis, syphilis, tuberculosis, and many other diseases having both a physical and social implication. A large part of the responsibility for bringing this problem into the public eye has been given to the physician, who in his role as healer and public servant has worked steadfastly toward a better understanding of cancer, its diagnosis, and its treatment. This attitude on the part of the physician toward education, early diagnosis, and treatment is in direct contrast to his actions concerning his own situation in this matter.

The most important sources of professional education and information are schools of medicine and those hospitals having a residency-training program, but beyond these the American Cancer Society conducts an extensive professional education

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