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There is no dictum of medical import more commonly in the mouth of the layman than that the 'cause' of cancer is unknown. Lawyers make unfair use of it in compensation cases and the presiding judicial officer falls readily into the same trap. The medical witness is asked if he knows the cause of cancer and he modestly replies in the negative. He is then asked if anyone knows the cause of cancer and the usual answer is that as far as he knows the cause of cancer is not known. The questioner then makes his point by asking if,
ON THE "CAUSE" OF CANCER. Ann Intern Med. ;5:385–388. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-3-385
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(3):385-388.
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