Medicine: Cancer & Horror

In full color, the screen showed the scalpel slicing through the patient's skin and muscle. Below the ribs was a blackish, slimy-looking blob—a cancerous lung. After a few preliminary steps, the surgeon cut it out. This was the climax of a horror movie sponsored by the American Temperance Society, affiliated with the tobacco-fighting Seventh-Day Adventists. Purpose of the movie, available to churches and civic groups: to dramatize the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. Star of the film: New Orleans' famed Surgeon and Anti-Tobacco Crusader Alton Ochsner (appearing anonymously).

Viewers so far have been shaken. During the filming the lead...

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