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January 22, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(4):257-258. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680300043022

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Geographic and Ethnic Distribution of Cancer  Prof. Eugene Pittard of the University of Geneva recently delivered a public lecture on cancer and its geographic and ethnic distribution. Pittard is an anthropologist and treated his subject entirely from this standpoint. New researches were stressed. Each race has its pathologic just as it has its physical characteristics. Of the three principal races of Europe, the Nordic race gives the highest percentage of cancer, the Celtic race offers a medium figure, while the Iberoinsular peoples are the least subject to this disease. This is not a geographic phenomenon, because these races when transported to America retain the same characteristics. In Belgium, the Flemings are more subject to cancer than the Walloons, the Nordic islands more than the Mediterranean islands. More than 700,000 persons die annually from malignant growths; in France alone, about 31,000 die from cancer. Among the Normans and Picards, 30.6 per

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