A survey of the necropsy material of the Charity Hospital at New Orleans for the past decade reveals a relative and absolute increase of carcinoma of the lung. This is in accord with the reports of others.1
During the decade ending Dec. 31, 1940, a total of 12,972 necropsies were performed, 8,862 of which were on persons over 1 year old. Among the subjects there were 135 with carcinoma of the lung, 205 with carcinoma of the stomach and 66 each with carcinoma of the biliary system and of the pancreas. Carcinoma of the lung was therefore more than one half as frequent as carcinoma of the stomach and more frequent than carcinoma of the biliary system and carcinoma of the pancreas together. The year by year analysis shows that while in number of cases carcinoma of the stomach remained about the same, that of the lung increased gradually
Halpert B. CARCINOMA OF THE LUNG: A TEN YEAR SURVEY OF NECROPSIES IN THE CHARITY HOSPITAL AT NEW ORLEANS. JAMA. 1941;117(13):1090. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820390002009a
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