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IMAJ | volume 25

Journal 4, April 2023
pages: 255-258

The Fate of the Judenkrankheit: Review of Morbidities in the Ghettos of World War II, with Emphasis on Diabetes and Cancer

1 School of Humanities, University of New England, Armidale, and University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2 Anatomical Pathologist, Hystopath Diagnostic, Sydney, Australia

Summary

The health of survivors of the Shoah has been investigated, both at early and late stages in their lives. There have been findings of multiple morbidities, but survivors have enjoyed slightly prolonged longevity when compared to the general population [1]. Less attention has been granted to investigations and descriptions of illnesses that presented inside the ghettos and the Nazi camps. Some of the surviving records from those sites have yet to be interpreted. Documented diagnoses of both insulin dependent and mature onset diabetes mellitus and of malignancy has been conspicuously absent. We present our meta-analysis and interpretations of surviving medical documents covering a large population of prisoners from a range of ghettos and concentration camps and specifically note the absence of recorded incidence of malignancy and a relatively low incidence of diabetes mellitus.

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