CANCER: DISEASE OF CIVILIZATION? by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

CANCER: DISEASE OF CIVILIZATION?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1906, Dr. Stefansson (who is now in his 80's) set out for the Eskimo lands of northern Canada, in the forefront of a joint America-Canadian sponsored study of (among other things) the frequency with which cancer and related diseases occur in primitive peoples. As the years went on, the doctor penetrated deep into the prevailing theory that civilization, or at least its dietary aspects, has a great deal to do with the incidence of carcinoma among both man and animals. Countless reports from all over the world were investigated, dating back to the early 19th century, and detailed passages are quoted here from those whose authenticity has been faithfully determined. In brief, the book proposes that a widespread return to a pastoral diet and a more tranquil mode of living may be society's best method of preventing the continued rise in the cancer death toll, at least until the way is pointed to a practicable cure.

Publisher: Hill & Wang