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October 31, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(5):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110180094027

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To the two new Nobel laureates in medicine, Peyton Rous, MD, and Charles Huggins, MD, The Journal extends its own heartiest congratulations and the plaudits of the entire medical profession. All physicians know of the work for which the prizes were awarded. Every second-year medical student learns about the "Rous sarcoma," and the relations of viruses to tumors are discussed in every textbook of pathology or oncology. The student may possibly wait until his third and fourth years to learn about Dr. Huggins' contribution, on the hormonal dependence of certain tumors. But thereafter every physician who deals with cancer patients keeps in mind the possible relationship between cancers and their hormonal environment. He remains alert to the possibility of helping the patient by altering this hormonal environment.

In 1926, Johann Andreas Fibiger received the Nobel prize for his work on the etiology of one particular neoplasm, a gastric carcinoma of