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October 21, 1974

The Nature of Occupational Cancer: A Critical Review of Present Problems

Author Affiliations

Stanford University Medical Center Stanford, Calif

JAMA. 1974;230(3):480-481. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240030086048

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Dinman has assembled in just 101 15×23-cm pages the essential information that so long has been needed to guide rational discussions of the problem of cancer as an occupational disease. Moreover, most of the points made are applicable to the broader question of man-made causes of cancer in the general population.

The first third of the book is a discussion of general biologic considerations. A few pages on the general characteristics of malignant tumors are followed by a critical evaluation of the methods available and used to assess the impact of environmental exposures on the occurrence of cancer in humans. Epidemiologic studies, case studies, and experimental methods are reviewed.

Dinman appears to recognize that many of his readers will be naïve about epidemiology as an investigative tool, and describes its use in considerable detail. Happily, he chooses to write about "Examples of Well-Designed Epidemiological Investigators" rather than to expose examples