Medicine: In 10 or 15 Years, Maybe

Cancer is civilized man's most dreaded disease.* Last week most of the world's leaders in the fight against cancer met in St. Louis to consider how the battle is going. The 800 delegates (from 44 nations) were optimistic.

Statistically, the odds against optimism seemed hideously large. In the past decade, cancer deaths reported in the U.S. (180,000 a year) have jumped 25% (due in part to better diagnosis and a longer average life span). The delegates at St. Louis were well aware that, unless a cure is found soon, one out of eight Americans...

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