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December 8, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(15):1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970320062020

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To the Editor:—  Like many other speakers of the American Cancer Society addressing the lay public, I have often endorsed the recommendation of yearly routine health examinations. At times a rather obvious question is asked: "Do doctors and their wives follow this advice?" Many surveys have pointed to early decettion as the key and best hope for cure of cancer at present, also other diseases have been detected and treated early. I am certain that, like myself, many of our colleagues would be glad to participate in setting aside certain hours for checking our fellow physicians and their wives. Doctors, doubling as patients, may also help clarify several unsettled questions of clinical laboratory and x-ray procedures. A special committee might do well to study these questions and to define procedures along with methods of compensation of the laboratory tor actual expenses. Some physicians hesitate to impose on their colleagues by

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