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August 8, 1931

Medical News

JAMA. 1931;97(6):395-398. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730060033016

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Study of Cancer in Navajo Indians.  —A study of the incidence of cancer in Navajo Indians is in progress at Sage Memorial Hospital, Ganado, under the direction of Dr. Clarence G. Salsbury, superintendent. The research program has been undertaken in order to determine the truth of an assertion that this tribe is nearly free from cancer.


Diphtheria Rate Reduced.  —Diphtheria caused 1.55 deaths per hundred thousand of population in Los Angeles County during 1930, a rate that is one-third the usual expectancy in the United States as a whole, the annual health report of the county shows. This reduction has been achieved in the past five years, during which an active immunization campaign has resulted in the

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