Medicine: Capsules, Sep. 20, 1954

¶ A "record ratio" of one doctor for every 730 inhabitants of the U.S. was claimed by the A.M.A. as a bumper crop of 6,861 medical-school graduates raised the total of physicians to 220,100. But fewer than half of these were in private general practice, and the number of patients for each full-time G.P. is 1,968—virtually unchanged since 1950.

¶ Lung cancer, usually rated as hard to diagnose until it is far advanced, may be detectable in its earliest stages, suggested Radiologist Leo G. Rigler of the University of Minnesota. Rereading of chest X rays taken as long as nine years...

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