Orville N. Meland, M.D.
JAMA. 1928;91(15):1128. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700150054029.
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To the Editor:  —It is indeed instructive to have an article such as the one by Dr. Saltzstein on "The Average Treatment of Cancer" in The Journal (August 18, p. 465). After all, it is not so much what can be done and is done in the leading institutions for the cancer patient, but what is done by the average man for the average patient the country over, that counts. Viewed from this standpoint the outlook is rather gloomy but not hopeless.The cancer situation is going through the same phases as the tuberculosis problem did years ago. The public must be educated. Yes; but the profession must also have some of its age-old ideas, that have been handed down for years, revamped. The tuberculosis question has really resolved itself into a question of reeducation of the patient under the control and guidance of a physician trained and interested in


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