In On the Accuracy of Economic Observations (1963, 2e, p. 23), Oskar Morgenstern claims that
for generations it was considered improper to die of cancer, hence little mention of this disease.
I found this claim novel and surprising. Was this ever true? If so, when and where?
This line is in the context of several pages where he was rattling off some examples of bad statistics from fields other than economics.
(He doesn't cite any source. Nor does he state the specific time range or location when/where this impropriety allegedly occurred.)