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Lung Cancer Overdiagnosis Bias : “The Gyanousa Am Loose!”

Frederic W. Grannis, Jr., MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Duarte, CA 
 ,  Dr. Grannis is Head, Section of Thoracic Surgery, Department of General Oncologic Surgery, City of Hope National Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Frederic W. Grannis, Jr., MD, FCCP, Department of General Oncologic Surgery, City of Hope National Medical Center, 1500 E Duarte Rd, Duarte, CA 91010; e-mail: fgrannis@coh.org



Chest. 2001;119(2):322-323. doi:10.1378/chest.119.2.322-a
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H.L. Mencken has recounted how traveling carnival shows in 19th century America might have a tent into which local farmers could go to see a mysterious and ferocious creature, the“ gyanousa.”1 For the price of admission, the rubes were admitted to the front half of the sideshow tent where they heard a lurid discourse on this savage and lethal beast. Just as they were to be guided, trembling, behind the curtain to the rear of the tent where the monster was caged, a terrified child would bolt out from behind the curtain shrieking “the gyanousa am loose,” whereupon the audience could be relied upon to run screaming out of the tent and off into the distance, without stopping for a refund of the price of admission.

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