Cancer: The Role of Surgery, Radium and X-Rays in its Treatment


    THE treatment of cancer has occupied an increasingly important position in public thought during the last few years. The debate in Parliament on the Cancer Bill laid bare the scanty provisions for adequate treatment existing in many parts of Britain. The war crisis in September which temporarily curtailed medical facilities resulted in an insistent demand for the treatment of cancer, a demand not immediately heard for the treatment of most other diseases. One aspect of this interest is the difference of opinion as to the proper scope of radium treatment relative to other methods, a difference illustrated by recent and present correspondence in NATURE (144, 973; 1939; 145, 151; 1940; also p. 347 of this issue).

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    Cancer: The Role of Surgery, Radium and X-Rays in its Treatment. Nature 145, 321–324 (1940).

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