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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 27, 2010

THE RELATION OF HEREDITY TO CANCER

JAMA. 2010;304(16):1847. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1508

E. E. TYZZER, M.D., BOSTON

That the development of malignant tumors—commonly grouped together under the name of “cancer”—are the manifestations of inherited peculiarities is a conception probably less generally held than formerly. For a time the subject of heated controversy, the question of heredity with reference to tumors has received little attention in recent years. It seems quite possible that the dictum of the statistician has been too readily accepted, and it is not improbable that something may be learned by a further inquiry and a utilization of certain recently established laws of inheritance.

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