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Treatment of Hodgkin's Disease: With What and By Whom?

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Cancer Research and Training Program, University of Alabama in Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.

Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(6):1033-1035. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-73-6-1033
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Until recently Hodgkin's disease has been considered a malignant disorder of multifocal origin which, although running a variable course, eventually terminated in the death of the patient. This view resulted in what Easson ( 1 ) has called a therapeutic attitude of "pessimism, procrastination, and pills." Despite overwhelming evidence favoring curability, the palliative attitude toward Hodgkin's disease has been very difficult to change. Nevertheless the concept that this disorder is curable has gradually gained acceptance primarily through the work of such radiotherapists as Gilbert, Easson, Peters, Kaplan, and Johnson. These investigators have shown indisputably that aggressive radiation therapy can cure


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