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April 9, 1938

ELEVEN DEATHS FROM A CANCER TREATMENT

JAMA. 1938;110(15):1194. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790150040013
Abstract

The complete story of the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., reported in a special article1 in this issue of The Journal, cannot yet be written. Enough facts are already available, however, to warrant a reemphasis of the warning that The Journal of the American Medical Association has made repeatedly against the use in medical practice of unstandardized, unestablished and uncontrolled methods of treatment.

In October 1935, when the "ensol" treatment was launched from Kingston, Ont., with what appeared to be carefully planned publicity in the newspapers, The Journal issued a warning to the effect that the product was being developed under uncontrolled conditions and that its exploitation would inevitably lead to grief for those concerned. Now almost three years have passed. Evidence resulting from experiments on animals indicates that the method is without established value. The clinical evidence has been uncontrolled. There is really no good clinical evidence that this

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