KENNETH B. OLSON, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The word "cancer" has a connotation that produces fear and terror. It is often linked with "terminal." It is therefor unfortunate that some medical schools have been unwilling to identify a scholastic area for the study and understanding of cancer and its impact on the patient and family. The existence of more than 28 special institutes for the study of cancer, most of which have a nebulous relation to medical schools and medical students, is a testimonial to this dereliction. As a result many medical students and hence physicians retain and propagate the lay attitude towards cancer. They are unaware
OLSON KB. Cancer and the Patient. Ann Intern Med. ;81:696. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-5-696_1
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