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Detection of Cancer of the Cervix

Walter R. Burt, M. D.
JAMA. 1961;178(11):1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040500061019.
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To the Editor:—  It seems that the ridiculous attack upon me by Dr. Bean, published in the Aug. 19, 1961, issue of The Journal (Letters to the Journal column 177:529) was undignified and uncalled for. He should appreciate that I was asking for information so that in some way a greater number of women could benefit from early detection of cancer of the cervix. At least 65,000 women die of this malignancy in the United States each year, related in part to the reluctance of many women to have any procedure or examination performed on these organs. Why should Dr. Bean be unwilling to support any procedure or technique that would reduce the mortality of this dread disease? No one denies that the best smear will be obtained upon direct visualization of the cervix. This was reflected in Dr. E. Stewart Taylor's opinion in answer to my question about


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