Medicine: Malignant Tumors

The malignant disease which killed Senator Robert A. Taft was of a fairly uncommon but not rare type.* Its characteristics: the extensive spread through the patient's body, and the speed with which it advanced.

The first signs of illness that the Senator noted, last April, were pains in his legs. In May he had severe pain in his left hip. Four days of examinations and tests in the Army's Walter Reed General Hospital did not show definitely what was wrong, but by a process of elimination they raised a suspicion of cancer. Senator Taft flew to Cincinnati and entered Christian R. Holmes...

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