From the September 1972 magazine.

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Alcohol and Cancer

Liver cancer has often been associated with cirrhosis, which results with great frequency from overindulgence in alcohol. . . .

One theory is that. . .the process occurs in two stages: liver damage, due to alcoholism, malnutrition, infection, or poisoning, which is followed by the intervention (perhaps many years later) of a secondary agent, setting off the actual malignancy. Prevention of stage one is a very, very remote possibility--who is going to keep the martini drinker from his third martini, the sake drinker from his third cup of sake? Prevention of stage two is still more remote, for we have no idea of its nature--we do not really know, indeed, if there is a stage two. . . .

-- Bernard Glemser

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