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January 1932


Author Affiliations

From the Huntington Memorial Hospital and Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. This work was supported by an anonymous gift to the Harvard Medical School.

Arch Surg. 1932;24(1):145-151. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160130148010

The influence of diet on cancer has been intensively studied for the last twenty years by means of experimentation on animals. As a result of this study, it may be stated that either certain vitamin deficiencies or low caloric diets will delay or prevent the taking of transplants of nearly all the transplantable tumors. On the other hand, dieting after the implant is established has no effect on many tumors, and a comparatively insignificant one on others. Tumors may stop growing when abnormal diets are used, but the animals seldom survive any longer than those on a normal diet and are never cured by such means. Much of the recent work in this field is referred to in an article by Henry Jackson, Jr.1

In the clinics, little attention has been paid to diet in cases of cancer, and no well controlled experiments have been recorded in the literature

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