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Mrs. Griest never found a case of breast cancer among Eskimo natives.

February 19, 1957


Griest Letter


Toward the end of her first letter to me, the one dated February 19, 1957, having dealt already with the case of Jobe, Mrs. Greist goes on to discuss a form of cancer that is frequent among whites in Europe and North America, breast cancer in women. The letter says:

“This I know, we never found any women with lumps in their breasts. I never knew, in all my 17 years of nursing in the hospital with Dr. Greist, of a single woman who did not breast-feed her child, and nurse it for 2, 3, and up to 4 years ... I never observed a caked breast or a sore nipple.”