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April 24, 1915

Cancer, Its Cause and Treatment.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1444-1445. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430076031

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This monograph has apparently the single purpose of emphasizing the influence of a meat or high protein diet in the causation of cancer. The author has no experimental evidence to appeal to, but aims to show that cancer is not a contagious disease, not caused by a micro-organism, and that while there is some reason to believe in the influence of "embryonic rests," they are of themselves insufficient to explain its origin. The fact that cancer is increasing in civilized communities is paralleled by the fact of the increasing luxury and consumption of protein food. While these aspects of the disease are interestingly set forth, the author does not appear to have been able to bring any decisive proof of a causative relation. He therefore advocates a vegetarian diet and a regulation of the bowels with a view to the prevention of autointoxication. There is, however, very little detail as

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