The statistical study of carcinoma is regarded by many writers as having been carried as far as it can be profitable; and certainly but little that is new has been gained through this method during the last decade. Nevertheless, its possibilities have not been exhausted; and it is highly desirable that the whole neoplasm problem in all of its aspects be attacked again from the statistical standpoint, though in a somewhat different way. Practically all of the old statistical studies of neoplasms, particularly those of carcinoma, were based on mortality reports; or if not on these, on morbidity reports based on clinical diagnoses. In very few instances only has the statistical study been carried out on the basis of the records of a diagnostic pathological laboratory. Statistics of neoplasm from such a source must be of infinitely greater value than those founded on mortality statistics. In the records of
WARTHIN AS. HEREDITY WITH REFERENCE TO CARCINOMAAS SHOWN BY THE STUDY OF THE CASES EXAMINED IN THE PATHOLOGICAL LABORATORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 1895-1913. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1913;XII(5):546–555. doi:10.1001/archinte.1913.00070050063006
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