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February 19, 1957

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

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Griest Letter

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Eskimo
Cancer

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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.”

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