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May 23, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(4):355. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690040059024

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To the Editor:  —The editorial entitled "Geography and Disease," which appeared in The Journal, March 21, 1953, page 1002, is of great interest. Nothing that I say should be interpreted in any way as derogatory in reference to the work of the American Geographical Society; I believe that to be of the utmost value. However, I should like to draw your attention to the fact that the geographical distribution of disease has been a preoccupation of pathologists and oncologists for many years. The first meeting of the International Society for Geographical Pathology was held in Geneva, Switzerland, more than 20 years ago. Triennial meetings were interrupted by World War II, but the society was revived at a meeting held in Liège, Belgium, in July, 1952. Dr. Robert A. Moore, of Washington University, St. Louis, was elected president of the society, and arrangements are well under way for a meeting in

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