Leukemia in Husbands and Wives

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Science  02 Apr 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3666, pp. 98-100
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3666.98


Study of the death certificates of 876 spouses of widows and widowers who died of leukemia revealed that seven of the spouses also died of leukemia. However, five cases of leukemia were identified among matched controls of the spouses. The incidence of leukemia in husbands and wives of individuals who die of leukemia is not significantly greater than that of a control group. This is consistent with the hypothesis that adult leukemia is not contagious in the usual sense.