Medicine: G's Family

Long before the Civil War a German known to medical history only as G settled in wild Washtenaw County, Michigan, near the village of Ann Arbor. As Indians withdrew into the northern forests, Pioneer G cleared woodlands, cultivated crops, bred children. When at the age of 60 he died of cancer of the intestines in 1856, he left ten children. Four of his five sons, two of his five daughters subsequently died of cancer. The third generation of G's numbered 70, of whom 33 died of cancer.

The fourth generation of this remarkable cancer...

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