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February 9, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(6):490-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650320060031

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To the Editor:  —Through the kindness of the Statistical Division, Army Medical Library, Washington, D. C., there have recently come to me some rather interesting cancer data for the European and Chinese population of Hongkong, the European population of Shanghai and the general population (mostly mixed blood negro) of Bermuda, which may be interesting to the medical profession and to those concerned with cancer investigations otherwise.The Hongkong data are for the period 1911-1920. It is obvious that the rates shown for certain years, at least, are of doubtful value on account of the uncertainty as regards the correct number of foreign residents since the war. Previous to 1915, however, the data may be accepted with assurance of accuracy, and likewise for the last three years.In view of the fact that the actual mortality is very small, it should not be difficult to subject the returns to a qualified

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