In 2019, by tapping into the power of artificial intelligence, a team of Johns Hopkins’ greatest minds has set its sights on early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer (“This is Our Manhattan Project,” Spring/Summer).
Another great Baltimore mind, H.L. Mencken, noted early signs of the pancreatic cancer that would kill medical illustrator Max Brödel. In his diary, Mencken wrote: “By the Spring of 1941 I began to notice, sitting beside him at the piano, that his playing was deteriorating. Before that it had been almost unheard of for him to lose his place or to make a mistake of any consequence, but now he began to play raggedly.” Maybe there are more ways than one to detect early pancreatic cancer.