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January 26, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(4):263. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470040041011

The truth is not always pleasant, but however unpalatable, it is probably never so potential for evil as even sugar-coated error. Attention has been called by a number of observers to the fact that carcinoma is becoming increasingly prevalent, but the statement has not been acceptable and attempts have been made to cast doubt upon its accuracy. Nevertheless, the evidence would seem to suport the contention for such an increase. Thus, Thomas Oliver,1 in discussing the question of the heredity of carcinoma, points out that statistics, both in England and in America, show that while the mortality-rate from tuberculosis is decreasing, that from carcinoma is notably on the increase. Thus, the mortality records of the Mutual Life Insurance Company, of New York, covering the period from 1843 till 1898 and dealing with 46,525 deaths include 882 due to carcinoma. The age-period in which the largest number of deaths from