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January 23, 1943

Occupational Tumors and Allied Diseases

JAMA. 1943;121(4):297. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840040073026

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This volume includes essentially a review of the available medical literature dealing with tumors arising in industry. The author apologizes for the unevenness in the presentation of various aspects, which he feels is due to the fact that the amount of information available regarding each type of tumor varies. Following each section of the work is a bibliography indicating the sources that have been consulted in preparing the material. Obviously such a compilation is useful, since it fills a field not previously covered.

While most of the chapters are well written and conform with accepted views on the subject, the author contradicts himself in some in the evaluation of the statistics and papers which he reviews. In the chapter on arsenic he quotes statistics from England stating that there occurred "during the last five decades a total of seventeen arsenical cancers of the skin, of which four must be regarded

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