Medicine: Black Cancer

From 1903 to the day of his death last October, Johns Hopkins' Dr. Joseph Colt Bloodgood. famed cancer pathologist, megaphoned to every human being with a mole upon his skin: "Beware of death-dealing black cancer! Watch that mole and, if it starts to grow, have it cut out before it is too late." Dr. Bloodgood believed with many another wise cancer specialist that it is worth scaring the wits out of 999 people in order to save the thousandth man from death by cancer.

Last week another Johns Hopkins pathologist, Dr. Dean Howard Affleck,...

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