Medicine: Statistics of Survival

Since 1935, the Metropolitan General Hospital in Windsor, Ont. has been keeping careful follow-up records on all patients treated for cancer. Main conclusion, as reported by Dr. Norman A. McCormick in the current Canadian Medical Association Journal: "Ample proof that this disease can be cured." Because five symptom-free years are the medical yardstick for cure, the study stops after 1947. Items:

¶ In the 13-year period, the hospital treated 4,523 patients for cancer (as established by pathology tests). Of these, 1,204 lived for at least five more years. Of the 298 who died...

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