The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The First Twenty Years of The University of Texas M. D. Ander-
son Hospital and Tumor Institute. Edited by Russell W.
Cumley with Joan McCay. Houston (Published by the Hos-
pital), 1964. Pp. 564. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, in-
dex. $7.50.
The reader's first reaction upon glancing at the formidable
title of this book is akin to that of the man who learned that a
twenty-year-old friend had written his autobiography. If one gets
beyond the title, this erroneous impression is soon dispelled. The
564 pages make up an excellent, well documented and indexed
record of the labor pains, birth, and growth of Texas' only in-
stitution devoted to the cause and cure of cancer. Apparently, it
was not written for public consumption but for medical his-
torians, research workers in the field of cancer, and individuals
and groups planning a similar institution.
This history of the M. D. Anderson Hospital has a prologue
by Chancellor Harry H. Ransom of the University of Texas,
and a foreword by Dr. R. Lee Clark, the director of the hospital.
Sandwiched between the prologue and foreword is a prophesy in
verse form, written by the editor. "I Am A Cancer Cell" was
widely copied in publications devoted to cancer. The last verse
gives both the real purpose of M. D. Anderson Hospital and of
this history.
Study me, know me,
And you hold the world in fief.
Neglect me, Man,
And as surely as the fingers of dawn
Grasp the temples of the East,
I will strike you dead.
Background history is given in the first chapter, captioned
"The Dawn of Cancer Consciousness." It cites the inception and
traces the growth of an interest in cancer which resulted in an
organized effort in Texas, through the Texas Medical Association,
to fan this spark into efforts at early detection, treatment, and
registration of cancer cases, in research and the education of both
physicians and the public. The chapter is both easily readable
and rewarding.
Unfortunately, the names of the many physicians and non-

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed August 27, 2014.