August 6, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(6):478-479. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740580046011

One of the most frequently cited instances of occupational cancer is the lung cancer of the Schneeberg miners. Indeed, the prominence that has been given to this group of cases has seemed out of proportion to the extent of the malady and the information it has given concerning the pathogenesis of cancer. Like many another medical item, it apparently got into the center of the current of medical literature and has not slipped off in the by-passes and eddies of neglect. For a long time primary cancer of the lung was listed as among the rare diseases, so this heaping up of cases of a rare tumor excited interest as a remarkable phenomenon. Now that bronchogenic carcinoma has become one of the common forms of cancer both in the clinic and in the necropsy room, the old story of the Schneeberg lung cancers is pulled into the light with almost

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