Medicine: Volunteers for Cancer

Even for the hardened inmates of a stir once notorious for its toughness, there was a jolt in the Page One banner-line on the Ohio Penitentiary News: CANCER RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Then Dr. Richard H. Brooks spelled out his call for 25 prisoners to receive injections of human cancer cells in both arms, and concluded: "Anyone interested in volunteering for research on our yet most baffling problem of our age is requested to send a 'kite' to Warden Alvis." Kite is prison slang for a note, and last week Warden Ralph W. Alvis got...

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