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April 1932

Cancer and Race: A Study of the Incidence of Cancer Among Jews.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(4):711. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150110174012

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This is a distinct contribution to the literature on cancer; it is of far greater value than many statistical studies published in the past, because the author recognizes the limitations of the validity of his statistical material and refrains from making unjustifiable deductions therefrom. The theme is set forth in a quotation from Roger Williams' book on the "Natural History of Cancer": "The Jewish race being widely scattered throughout the world and the conditions of existence of its various communities being accordingly diverse, is admirably circumstanced for illustrating the comparative importance of race factors versus conditions of existence, in determining the incidence of cancer." Furthermore, the Jewish people have in certain cities to a large extent maintained the pure strain of their race. They have kept, to a considerable point of detail, accurate returns over a long range of years. Their ritual laws and habits, moreover, have established definite conditions

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