Regarding the article "Observers Say Fisher Case Highlights Flaws In System" (S. Benowitz, The Scientist, March 31, 1997, page 1): My late wife, Ruth Chessin, was a participant in the breast cancer study, under her former name, Mrs. Louis (Ruth) Marcus. She had the greatest confidence in Bernard Fisher. Part of her distress in reading about his problem may have contributed, in part, to her dying-a victim of lung cancer, whereas earlier she had had breast cancer.

I came across your article quite by accident. I wish to let Dr. Fisher know that he was on her mind throughout more than 20 years of participation. That he was finally successful in defending his name is a source of satisfaction for me.

Thank you for the full story.

Paul L. Chessin
3836 Poinciana Dr., #208
Lake Worth, Fla. 33467-2913

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