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Ethnicity is a significant factor in the epidemiology of rubella and Hodgkin's disease

Abstract

SOME diseases of humans have an incidence which varies with ethnicity. Epidemiologic patterns are seen for example in nasopharyngeal carcinoma1, carcinoma of the liver2 and Hodgkin's disease3. There are quite marked differences in HL-A antigens between some ethnic groups; in particular, some antigens commonly found in caucasoid racial groups are infrequent in negroid groups and absent in mongoloid groups4.

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