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Service in a top academic or administrative position at one's
Alma Mater is a privilege accorded to very few individuals. To
have served in both types of posts is even more rare. However,
such is the distinction achieved by Charles Sherwood Cameron, M.D.
It was in November 1956, that Dr. Cameron was named Dean
of the Hahnemann Medical College, which iust 21 years earlier
had conferred on him his Doctorate of Medicine. In 1960, he
assumed the presidency of Hahnemann and served as both presi-
dent and dean until June 1961, when Dr. William F, Kellow was
A native Philadelphian, Dr. Cameron returned to his Alma Mater
after a ten-year stint as Medical and Scientific Director of the
American Cancer Society, during which time he also was elected
its Vice President. During this time, Dr. Cameron was in large
measure responsible for the development and expansion of the
Society's medical and scientific program of assistance to doctors
in their efforts to combat cancer. He long stressed the leading role
which must be played by the family physician in the control of
cancer, explaining "it is he lthe family physicianl who has the
opportunity to guide the patient to early diagnosis and prompt,
aggressive treatment." Dr. Cameron also established the Society's
Clinical Fellowship program, and under his direction, the Statistical
Research Section was developed into an important scientific cancer
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Following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania
and the Hahnemann Medical College, Dr. Cameron served his
internship and residency at Philadelphia General Hospital. For
the next four years he was a Rockefeller Fellow in postgraduate
cancer surgery at New York's Memorial Hospital, during which
time he came under the influence of many of the nation's out-
standing scientists, among them the late Dr. James Ewing, former
director of the Memorial Cancer Center.
Dr. Cameron was discharged from the U. S, Navy in 1946 with
the rank of Commander in the Navy Medical Corps, following
duty in the South Pacific and as Chief of the Tumor Service at
Brooklyn Naval Hospital,vthe Navy's principal cancer treatment
center. lt was at this point that he ioined the American Cancer
The list of his professional societies and associations is seem-
ingly endless. Some examples: Founder-member of the Inter-Society
Cytology Council, former president of the Commission on Cancer
Control of the International Union Against Cancer, member of the
board of directors of the Philadelphia division of the American
Cancer Society, former vice president of the Board of Health of
the City of Philadelphia, member of the National Board of Medical
Examiners, member of the traineeship committee of the National
Cancer Institute, founder and later consulting editor of CA -A
BULLETIN OF CANCER PROGRESS, advisory editor of the iournal
GERIATRICS and of EXCERPTA MEDICA.
His book, THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER, since its publication in
1955, has been translated into nine foreign languages and six
editions have been printed in foreign countries.
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During Dr. Cameron's tenure as Dean of Hahnemann and, later, President of the
institution, Hahnemann's first long-range program for renewal of the physical plant,
has come into being. By calling on the best planning talent available and keeping
such government agencies as the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia and the
City Planning Commission informed of Hahnemann's long range needs, Dr. Cameron
has been able to set in motion the forces which now are bringing to fruition the
dream of a "New Hahnemann."
Under his careful tutelage, the principle of having a core of full-time faculty
members in the clinical departments has been implemented. The extent of growth in
this area can most graphically be shown by statistics revealing that, whereas in-
l956, there were no full-time clinical faculty appointments, there are now 43. Each
of the clinical departments is headed by a full-time professor and most of the sub-
specialty sections are similarly staffed. The validity of this principle has been amply
demonstrated in many ways, most obvious of which is the series of Hahnemann
symposia which have brought to the college world renown among members of the
In another area, that of research, the progress made by Hahnemann under the
leadership of Dr. Cameron has been nothing short of remarkable. ln l956, there
were some S420,000 in funds furnished by industry and government sources for
research purposes. ln 1964, some 52,600,000 in funds from government and industry
will be expended on nearly 200 different research proiects at Hahnemann. lt is
worthy to note that these figures are not a measure of the total research activity in
the institution since there are also underway many starter proiects which have not
yet progressed sufficiently to warrant outside support.
And what of Dr. Cameron's plans for the Hahnemann of the Future? Some
520,000,000 in new construction is contemplated for the next ten years. The first
unit of the "New Hahnemann," the 52,2 million Nurses' Residence and Classroom
Building at l5th and Race Streets, already is functioning and work is well underway
on the second unit, the Bobst Clinical Research Institute and Surgical Pavilion. Plan-
ning for the new Basic Science Building, which will replace the present medical
college building lof i888 vintagel is well along and construction of this building
is to begin in I966. Other contemplated additions to the Hahnemann "campus"
include a residence for medical students and house staff, a student-staff union build-
ing, heart institute, radiation therapy center, and a new ambulatory service building.
Enlargement of the medical college's basic science facilities will permit increases
in size of each undergraduate class by approximately 30 students and doubling or
tripling the number of graduate students in the biological sciences. Also envisioned
are additional disciplines le.g., molecular biology, genetics, biometricsl and perhaps
additional clinical departments.
There are many more details, but the President's concept of Hahnemann's role of,
say 25 years hence, is summed up in his prefatory comments to his recently com-
pleted study, HAHNEMANN: THE NEXT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS:
. . . a complete, first rate, although compact, medical center, embracing
On the four essentials of such a center: education, service to the sick and
injured, research, and community resources for health and welfare."
lt is, therefore, with great pride and pleasure, that we, the graduates of l964,
dedicate this book, a remembrance of our medical school years, to Charles Sherwood
Cameron, M.D., Hahnemann's "Man with a Vision", who is seeing that vision become
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