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February 1960

Cancer of the Skin

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(2):343. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730020179032

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Dr. Belisario has been practicing for 30 years in Australia where the incidence of cutaneous cancer and precancerous lesions is unusually high. Because of his sustained deep interest and vast experience in the subject, he has long been urged by colleagues to share his experiences in a treatise. This book is the result, and in it he has written of his personal observations emphasising particularly the clinical features and therapy, though all aspects of the subject are covered. Much of the material is original. He employs the term carcinoma rather than epithelioma, rodent carcinoma is preferred to basal-cell carcinoma, and he states his reasons for thinking so. The high incidence of skin cancer in Australia is associated with a preponderance in the population of people of British descent with fair complexions and light-colored eyes, and the influence of sunlight in the higher amount of skin cancer in Australia is due

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