Medicine: Case Histories

In last week's A.M.A. Journal, a surgeon made a telling plea for a nationwide system of cancer detection clinics. Wrote the University of Minnesota's Owen H. Wangensteen: stomach cancer is so insidious and gives so little warning that every man over 50 and every woman over 40 should report to a clinic regularly for an X-ray checkup. To point up his argument, Dr. Wangensteen examined the case histories of five world-famed authorities (including Will Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, and R. D. Carman, who developed an improved method for X-ray diagnosis of cancer). Each of the five discovered his own...

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