A Physician Faces Cancer in Himself

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SUNY Press, 1974 - Biography & Autobiography - 201 pages
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A retired physician who had seen cancer from the perspective of a student, pathologist, and Cancer Society volunteer describes his intimate contact with the disease which eventually took his life
 

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Contents

with Cancer
19
Responses of Professional Colleagues and Coworkers
37
Relationships with Other Cancer Patients and Some
56
Introduction
104
Communication Between the Physician and
147
What?
158
Communication Between the Physician and
182
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About the author (1974)

Samuel Sanes, M.D. was first and foremost a teacher. During more than thirty years on the faculty of the School of Medicine of State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught pathology to most of the physicians and dentists practicing in Buffalo today, as well as many of the nurses and medical technologists. He had always believed that education of the public was as much a part of his responsibility as education of members of the health profession. For many years he averaged one or more lectures a week on subjects as diverse as cancer control, medicine in art and music, and the medical investigation of crime. He was a long-time moderator of the university's Medical Round Table on WBEN and WBEN-TV and coordinator of the station's pioneering television program, "Modern Medicine."

A founder of the Erie County Unit of the American Cancer Society, he served twice as its president and as president of the society's State Division.

He had been retired less than two years and married only fifteen months when he learned he had an incurable type of cancer. Therefore, he had seen cancer from the viewpoint of a student, a pathologist, a Cancer Society volunteer, and a patient. Two weeks after reading proofs for the last of the articles that comprise this book he died.

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