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March 1943

Carcinoma of the Stomach.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(3):440-441. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210030141019

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The chief new contribution of this monograph is a statistical analysis of almost 11,000 cases of gastric carcinoma observed at the Mayo Clinic from 1907 to 1938. While this material is of inestimable value, it could well have been presented in a volume much reduced in length.

Most valuable is the section (the last two chapters and the appendix) by Dr. Joseph Berkson containing the biometric analysis of the data. The reviewer was impressed with the fact that in the 10,890 cases studied, 99 per cent of the patients who survived were traced over a five year period and 98 per cent of the patients who survived were traced over a twenty year period. The correction of the data for the normal survival rate of the population at large makes the interpretation of the results of the observation of the population sample represented in the study much more accurate.


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