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January 1938

Cancer and Diet.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;61(1):156-157. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180070161011

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This volume of 767 pages represents the result of years of work. Much of the expense of the study and of the publication of the book was borne by Mr. Fels, of Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the work was carried on in such a way that the reviewer, at least, cannot be sure of what it all means. At first glance it seems as if something definite could have been learned about cancer and its relation to diet if a careful statistician, well trained to avoid the many pitfalls that lie in his path, were to have traveled about the world correlating the incidence of various types of cancer with the remarkable differences in dietary habits which are to be found in different lands. But unfortunately, even then it might be impossible to draw conclusions because, as every pathologist knows, whenever a group of older persons come to necropsy a large number

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