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March 1955

Cancer: Race and Geography.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(3):495. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250090133018

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The data for this study are based on a review of the 35,293 necropsies performed at the Los Angeles County Hospital over the 30-year period 1918 through 1947. In 6,072, or 17.2%, of these necropsies malignant tumors were found. Fifty-three types of cancer were listed, and to each of the 20 commonest varieties the author has devoted a chapter. Within each chapter one finds a statistical analysis of the racial differences, a discussion of the effect of environment and heredity, a demonstration of the tumors that exhibit biologic differences associated with race, and a discussion of the etiologic implications based on the observed statistical and biologic facts. Some 50 tables and 73 figures are assembled in the book to provide a basis for the summaries and conclusions reached by the author. As stated, "the detection of new etiological relationships and the stimulation of new ideas was the goal." He is

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