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Alfred George Oettlé

Alfred George Oettlé, South African oncologist (Port Elizabeth 22 June 1918 – 06 January 1967)

Became convinced that at least 80 percent of cancers were induced by environmental factors


Cancer research in Africa illustrated by a recent epidemic of cancer of the gullet (1967)

With F. de Waard. A cytological survey of postmenopausal estrus in Africa. Cancer 18:450-9, 1965

The aetiology of primary carcinoma of the liver with an outline of the myotoxin hypothesis. J. Natl Cancer Inst. 39:817-25, 1965

Tumours of the testis in South Africa. Leech 34:142-8, 1964

Cancer in Africa, especially in regions South of the Sahara. J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 33:383-9, 1964

Cigarette smoking as the major cause of lung cancer. S. Afr. Med. J. 37:935-41, 1963

Regional variations in the frequency of Bantu oesophageal cancer cases admitted to hospital in South Africa. S. Afr. Med.J. 37:434-9, 1963

Skin cancer in Africa. Natl. Cancer Inst. Monog. 10-11:197-214, 1963

Geographical and racial differences in the frequency of Kaposi’s sarcoma as evidence of environmental or genetic causes. Acta Un. Int. Cancer 18:330-63, 1962

Malignant neoplasms of the uterus in the white, coloured, indian and bantu races of the Union of South Africa. Un. Int. Cancer 7, 1961  

With J. Higginson. Cancer of the bladder in South African Bantu (1961)

With J. Higginson. Gastro-intestinal cancer in Africa, south of the Sahara. Acta Unio Intern. Contra Cancer 17:333-8, 1961

With J. Higgnson. Cancer incidence in the Bantu and “Cape coloured” races of South Africa (Report of a cancer survey in the Transvaal, 1953-5. J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 24:589-671, 1960

With B. de Meillon & B. Lazer. Carcinomas of the glandular stomach and hepatomas in Rattus mastomys natalensis with Bilharzia mansoni (1959)

With J. Higginson. Carcinoma of the oesophagus in South African Bantu. Acta Un. Int. Cancer 14:554, 1958

The incidence of primary carcinoma of the liver in the Southern Bantu. I. Critical review of the literature. J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 17:249-80, 1956

With D.H.S. Davis. The multimmamate mouse Rattus (Mastomys) natalensis Smith: a laboratory adapted African wild rodent. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 131:293-9, 1955 

Racial differences in cancer in South Africas. S. Afr. Biol. Soc. Pamphlet 17:40-9, 1955

Spontaneous carcinoma of the glandular stomach in a laboratory stock of Rattus (Mastomys) natalensis. S. Afr. J. Med. Sci. 20:86, 1955

The technique of testicular biopsy with a note on testicular pain (1954)

Recent theories of the nature and cause of cancer (1952)

Rodent ulcers in identical twins. A.M.A. Arch. Dermat.