Cancer: disease of civilization?: An anthropological and historical study

Cancer: disease of civilization?: An anthropological and historical study


  1. The Problem Develops

  2. Captain Leavitt's Search for Cancer among the Eskimos

  3. Remote Origins of the Frontier Search for Cancer

  4. The Tanchou Principle at Home: In France and in Africa

  5. The Moravians Search for Cancer in Southwestern Alaska

  6. The Moravian Search in Northern Labrador

  7. A possible Early Cancer at Anderson River

  8. The Search for Cancer among the Forest Indians of Alaska

  9. The First Native Cancer is Recognized in Northern Alaska

  10. Cancer is Discovered among Labrador Eskimos

  11. Cancer is Reported from the Canadian Eastern Arctic

  12. The Tropical Life of the Polar Eskimos

  13. Tropical Winter Life at Point Barrow--1852 - 1883

  14. The Longetivity of "Primitive" Eskimos

  15. The Twentieth Century Forgets the Nineteenth

  16. The Twentieth Century Rediscovers the Nineteenth

  17. A "Cancer Free" People of Asia

  18. An Ounce of Prevention

"Not only does Dr. Stefansson give in the present book a detailed account of what he has seen and heard in the Arctic; he also compares his own observations with those reported by the anthropologists, physicians, and travelers who have been in contact with primitive people in other parts of the world. From this broad survey there emerges the impression that certain diseases such as dental caries, arteriosclerosis, and cancers are so uncommon among certain primitive people as to remain unnoticed--at least as long as nothing is changed in the ancestral ways of life."

"The Stone Age Eskimos had successfully met the challenges of the Arctic by empricial procedures developed slowly and progressively. In contrast, modern man cannot depend on slow empiricism to achieve fitness to his rapidly changing environment.It is the responsibility of social and medical sciences to analyze the natural and artificial forces which affect his health and happiness, in order to help him develop a rational way of life fitted to the new world he is creating." - Rene Dubos - Prof at Rockeller Institute-1960

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