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August 25, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(17):1700. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970170096022

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To the Editor:—  Commenting editorially on the proposed project dealing with implantation of human tumor cells into volunteering convicts in an Ohio penitentiary, the New York Times called it "a daring experiment" in "a new approach to cancer," reassuring its readers that "the experiment is fraught with no great risk—if cancer is incited it can be eradicated in its early stages at the site of injection." This approach is far from being new. As long ago as 1887, Cornil in France transplanted human tumors into the patients from whom these tumors had been excised. Similar experiments, some of them unpublished, have been since repeated by numerous surgeons and scientists. Not much has been learned from experiments in humans, except that, when tumors were implanted into the same individuals in whom they arose, they grew, whereas they did not grow when transplanted from one man to another.Innumerable experiments on transplantation

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