Joseph H. Ogura, Arti Hurria, and the impact of the National Cancer Act

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Quote of the week

“The evacuation experience of the Japanese Americans is a harsh reminder of the frailties of the constitutional guarantees. If civil liberties can be taken away from one group, we hope that similar tragedies will never occur or be repeated again.”

Joseph H. Ogura

Letter Regarding Internment of Japanese Americans Addressed to US Senator John Danforth, from Joseph H. Ogura, M.D.

By Siteman Cancer Center | Feb. 25, 2021

Japanese-American Scientists


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Arti Hurria

City of hope Jewish-Consumptive-Relief-Association

Primary Sources

This column in The Cancer Letter features the latest posts to the Cancer History Project by our growing list of contributors.

The Cancer History Project is a free, web-based, collaborative resource intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Cancer Act and designed to continue in perpetuity. The objective is to assemble a robust collection of historical documents and make them freely available.

Access to the Cancer History Project is open to the public at You can also follow us on Twitter at @CancerHistProj.

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Eligible institutions include cancer centers, advocacy groups, professional societies, pharmaceutical companies, and key organizations in oncology.

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