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A Clinical Study of Buerger's Disease in Israel.

Richard M. Goodman, M.D.; Beatrice Elian, M.D.; Mark Mozes, M.D.; and Victor Deutsch, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(5):1069. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-62-5-1069_2
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In view of the long held association of Buerger's disease in Jews and the recent controversy concerning this disease and arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO), a clinical investigation of Buerger's disease in Israel was undertaken: (1) to define further by clinical and laboratory means the spectrum of this disorder, (2) to determine its frequency among the various Jewish ethnic groups, and (3) to search for familial aggregation.

Eighty cases meeting our criteria for this diagnosis of Buerger's disease were studied. Eighty percent of the 79 Jewish cases occurred in the Ashkenazim group. This predominance of cases in one ethnic group is statistically


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