G. HOWARD GOWEN, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.; BERNARD FRANK, B.S.
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Overholt and Atwell,1 in discussing early cancer of the lung, state that there are no pathognomonic symptoms or group of symptoms, no characteristic physical signs and no typical progression of symptoms or signs. When symptoms do occur, they are typical of those produced by the common respiratory diseases. If the tumor has reached the point where it calls attention by the presence of symptoms such as persistent cough, chest discomfort, wheezing and hemoptysis, it is commonly incurable. The period when lung cancer is usually discoverable and curable is the so-called "silent phase." At this time the tumor has not yet
GOWEN GH, FRANK B. SCREENING FOR CHEST PATHOLOGY USING MASS X-RAY SURVEY TECHNIC1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:138–145. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-1-138
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(1):138-145.
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