Medicine: Cancer University

Manhattan's huge Memorial Hospital, now the world's biggest cancer center, calls itself the first "cancer university." Its faculty includes surgeons, physicians, chemists, mathematicians, physicists, atomic scientists. Its students are cancer specialists from nearly every nation on earth. Its subject of study: more than 17,000 patients a year.

Last week, in a quadrennial report, Memorial talked about plans for its opulent brick-and-stone "campus" rising near the East River. Founded in 1884,* Memorial is the oldest U.S. cancer hospital. But its expansion to a university began only two years ago, is still under way. Next...

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