Some years ago, I showed by a comparison of the United States statistics of mortality for the censuses of i860 and 1870, that cancer had a distinct climatic relation, being most abundant in the same regions as consumption. The law of prevalence for our country appears to be, that both diseases are most abundant on the sea-coast, and diminish as we recede to the interior, and that at equal distances from the sea they are more abundant at the north than at the south.
In preparing the Census Report of 1880, Surgeon J. S. Billings has given great attention to the tabulation of the statistics of mortality in such a form as to show the influence of a variety of conditions upon disease, and prominently among them the effects of climate. In the Report now being issued, he has subdivided the States into parts, such as seashore regions, mountain regions,
ANDREWS E. CLIMATIC RELATIONS OF CANCER AND CONSUMPTION. JAMA. 1885;V(16):424–426. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391150004002a
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