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August 11, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(6):360-361. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460320030011

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In a recent number of the London Polyclinic occurs a critique on diet as a cause of cancer. It is claimed that the increase in cancer is real, in the main, and not wholly due to increased accuracy in diagnosis. In reference to the theory that the disease is the result of overeating, it is admitted that there has been during the last 50 years a great increase in the amount and variety of food consumed by civilized people, and particularly that the working-classes now get vastly more meat than formerly. But cancer prevails more extensively, relatively, in the upper classes, and the consumption of tea and tobacco has increased much faster than that of meats, so that conclusions can not be safely drawn from such figures. The marked immunity of the negro race is pointed out as very inconclusive, as all accurate observers agree that the negro is an

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