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Cancer on the rise
Wellington: The annual report of the Department of Public Health indicates that among notifiable diseases, the increase in cancer death rate is most notable, although the year 1920 saw a slight decrease, with 8.72 deaths per 10,000 living people, compared to 9.07. the previous year. Despite exhaustive research by the Cancer Commission, which spanned a considerable period of years, very little is known about the cause (s) of this terrible disease. It has been suggested, and not without reason, that as cancer deaths increase in this country as well as in other civilized countries, this department should undertake research into the causes of this disease. But let it be considered what such research would mean. First, the data value to be obtained in a relatively small community like ours is not comparable to that of larger countries.
In addition, a very considerable increase in our staff would be necessary to carry out the exhaustive investigations that are involved. We therefore cannot do better than to seek the cooperation of practicing members of the profession in the collection of patient data, and await the reports of the research which is being carried out under the auspices of the Cancer Commission in the United Kingdom. . , in collaboration with other authorities in Europe and America.
The epidemics of the year were noted
The Department of Public Health report indicated that the outstanding characteristics of the year under review were generalized epidemics of influenza, measles and pertussis, and an increased prevalence of polio, and a smallpox epidemic in the health district. of Otago, enteric fever showed a further marked decrease. If the current rate of progress continued, it did not seem unreasonable to hope that soon this disease would cease to be a major cause of illness and death in the Dominion. The position was extremely rewarding and indicated the high and constantly improving standard of sanitation in New Zealand.
Porritt is a scholarship candidate
MAE Porritt, Otago Medical School, has been appointed Otago candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship. Mr. Porritt was the only candidate at the University of Otago this
year, and is the first medical school student to be nominated for this distinguished position. The University Council yesterday approved the nomination and appointment of Professor Thompson as Otago’s representative on the selection committee.
– ODT, 19.10.1921.