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April 13, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(15):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700410059027

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Has the Mortality from Cancer and Diabetes Increased?  The increase in the number of deaths from cancer is remarkable because of the fact that similar conditions prevail in all civilized countries. In fact, cancer appears to have become in many countries the chief cause of death, having only recently replaced tuberculosis. The increase of cancer during the past twenty years has been marked. According to statements made by Dr. Georg Wolff, chief school physician of Berlin, as contained in an article published in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, Berlin shows an increase of deaths from cancer (including other malignant neoformations) from 2,438 in 1907 to 3,383 in 1927.A slight increase in the number of deaths from diabetes during the postwar period (since 1921, more particularly) has likewise been noted, though it is still below the absolute mark for the prewar years in Berlin. The increase in the deaths from diabetes

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