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August 4, 1956


Author Affiliations

Berkeley, Calif.

Chief, Bureau of Chronic Diseases, California State Department of Public Health.

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1364-1368. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140020006

• The problem of chronic disease must be attacked in two ways: by improved treatment and by more vigorous efforts at prevention. Improved treatment includes not only new methods of medicine and surgery but also increased emphasis on motivation, personal interest, family support, and community resources.

The hope for prevention brightens as environmental influences on disease are recognized and means of controlling them are discovered. Some environmental factors in cancer are well recognized; some of them, whether chemical or physical, are occupational and amenable to control. Multiphasic screening projects are valuable in bringing about early daignosis of threatening disorders. The medical profession carries a substantial responsibility for the proper development of the campaign against chronic disease.