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November 1, 1965

Cancers in Physicians 1955-1965

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Gadsden, Ala

JAMA. 1965;194(5):569. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090180093030

To the Editor:  A practitioner need not be very old to remember being taught that "cancer of the stomach kills more people than cancer of any other part of the body and therefore ranks high among the common causes of death." (Cecil and Loeb: Textbook of Medicine, 1955). Earlier editions stated that deaths from gastric carcinoma in the United States constitute about 18% of the total deaths from cancer. Recently scattered reports have indicated some decline in incidence of this important disease, and surgeons at our hospital (186 beds) have the impression that they no longer operate for this condition with the frequency they once did. A study by one of us1 seemed to disclose a surprisingly low and falling rate of stomach cancer. This clue prompted the present study which is primarily concerned with the question, Is cancer of the stomach in this country really on the wane