A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 18, 1949

When TIME'S editors decided to do a cover story on the fight against cancer, they were confronted with any number of first-rate men and institutions from which to select their cover subject. Manhattan's Memorial Hospital was chosen because it offered a complete cross-section of modern cancer research, and its director, Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads, was a leading symbol of this effort.

The story was assigned to TIME'S Science editor, Jonathan Norton Leonard. Like his recent cover stories on Astronomer Edwin Hubble (TIME, Feb. 9, 1948) and Jet Pilot Charles Yeager (TIME, April 18), this one meant that he had to immerse himself...

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