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May 27, 1968

Racial and Geographical Factors in Tumor Incidence

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Chapel Hill, NC

JAMA. 1968;204(9):835. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140220083040

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This book contains papers presented at a symposium at the Post-Graduate Medical School, University of Edinburgh, in 1966. They include a wide variety of subjects from pathological criteria of malignancy to lymphography in Kaposi's Sarcoma. The papers vary considerably in length; one page is devoted to nasopharyngeal cancer in Eastern Africa, 30 pages to the epidemiology of gastric cancer. Burkitt has a brief article on the epidemiology of the Burkitt tumor, and Epstein and associates describe their laboratory investigation of the tumor. Wynder's detailed examination and discussion of many factors involved in the epidemiology of gastric cancer is the most thoughtful and provocative paper in the book and should be required reading for all interested in the epidemiology of any tumor. Other chapters deal with the mortality, some clinical problems and genetics of gastric cancer. The incidences of various cancers in Iceland, Singapore, East Africa, the West Indies, and Ibadan