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October 21, 1961

Silicosis and Cancer

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Department of Medical Education Memorial Hospital of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.

JAMA. 1961;178(3):352-353. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040420092025

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To the Editor:—  In the answer to the question on "Silicosis and Cancer" (Questions and Answers, JAMA176:81 [April 8] 1961), the statement is made "In the American literature there is no evidence that there is a relationship between asbestosis and lung cancer." Some publications seem to indicate otherwise. Stoll and his co-workers at Queens General Hospital, Jamaica, N. Y., in a case report entitled "Asbestosis Associated with Bronchogenic Carcinoma" (Arch Intern Med88:831 [Dec.] 1951) state in their conclusion: "The importance of this association of carcinoma in cases of asbestosis is indicated from the review of the literature presented." The literature reviewed included American publications as well as foreign ones.Isselbacher and his associates at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, in a case report and review of literature entitled "Asbestosis and Bronchogenic Carcinoma" (Amer J Med15:721 [Nov.] 1953) state: "Our conclusion at present is in favor

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