Medicine: Cancer's Apollo Program

"Simply throwing money at problems does not solve anything."

—Richard Nixon, March 1973

Many doctors would agree with the President's opinion. That is one of the reasons why they have been rallying to oppose the aims of the Administration-backed National Cancer Act of 1971, which authorized an ambitious and costly program to wipe out cancer through a coordinated attack. Cancer, they argue, cannot be conquered by a massive, single-minded effort.

As directed by Congress, the National Cancer Institute has spent more than a year preparing its project for submission to the President. The resulting five-year National Cancer Plan, produced through the...

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