RAFAEL J. IGARTUA, M.D.
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To the editor: In a brief communication, "Survival with Carcinoma of the Esophagus," in the December 1972 issue (pp. 915-918), the following appeared under the heading "Age and Race": "Most of the nonwhite patients were negroes, a few were Puerto Ricans, and a few Orientals." I object to this information for these reasons:
1. People who have been born in Puerto Rico do not constitute a separate race, any more than people who have been born in New York, California, or other regions of the United States. People who have been born in Puerto Rico are of European or African
IGARTUA RJ. Ethnic Identification. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:614. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-4-614
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(4):614.
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