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June 25, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(8):931. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020260071019

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Frank C. Coleman of the College of American Pathologists, in his presidential memo of April, 1960, states that an editorial on cytological screening techniques in The Journal, March 12, page 1165, "leaves the impression that mail order cytology is as effective as a cytologic program carried out by private physicians." He counsels members of the College of American Pathologists that "if this editorial or the P. H. S. report on which it is based is used to promote a mass screening program in cytology or mail order cytology in your area you will be in a position to set the record straight." The part of the "record" which Dr. Coleman quotes is a telegram to him from Dr. J. R. Heller which states that "At present, P. H. S. believes mail order cytology and large case-finding cytology clinics for cancer of cervix should be performed only

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