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To the Editor:—
Recent articles in journals in America and England about primary lung cancer in South Africa contain two statements that to me do not seem to be in accord with facts. The first is that primary lung cancer is practically nonexistent among the South African Bantus and second that the incidence of this disease is high among uranium miners in South Africa. As radiologist to the Department of Mines and the Chamber of Mines for nearly 20 years, it has been my task to do research work on the effects of radiation on the lungs of European and non-European miners, and I think that the following extract from my M.D. thesis on "An Anthropathological Study of Primary Lung Carcinoma in Bantu Miners" will prove of interest to readers of The Journal. In the period 1916 to 1949, 11,365 pairs of lungs were examined post mortem in Bantu miners,
Hurwitz C. LUNG CANCER. JAMA. 1955;157(12):1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950290063022