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November 1, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(18):1349-1350. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02720180043016

Following the subsidence of the first flare of publicity, during which sufficient evidence was developed to indicate that the Coffey-Humber method of treating cancer is in no sense of the word "a cure" and that even its efficiency in treatment is exceedingly doubtful, the medical profession settled down to await the careful trial over a long period of time that the discoverers of the method now seem to be anxious to make. This, of course, is necessary for the final decision. Late in August Drs. Coffey and Humber5 read before the Pacific Association of Railway Surgeons an extensive paper regarding their method. They announce that they have had under their control from January 6 to August some 2,600 patients, and that more than double that number were turned away because not supplied with suitable credentials from their physicians. They state again that they have never made any claim for cure of

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