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March 25, 1961

Epidemiology of Cancer of the Cervix

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Assistant Secretary of Defense Washington 25, D. C.

JAMA. 1961;175(12):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040120074030

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To the Editor:—  I should like to congratulate you and your staff on the fine leading editorial, "Epidemiology of Cancer of the Cervix," in The Journal, Dec. 3, 1960, page 1852. A former resident and friend of mine, now professor of surgery at the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, told me two years ago about not only the much lower incidence of carcinoma of the cervix in Moslems as compared with Hindus but also the similarly lower incidence of carcinoma of the penis among Moslems. The clinic and hospital there treat many patients from both groups.Might I suggest another step? I see no reason why we should not have preventive surgery as well as preventive medicine. During the war years when I was chief of surgery at the Ninth Evacuation Hospital and later surgical consultant of the Seventh Army, I always asked the various medical groups and

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