August 14, 1967


JAMA. 1967;201(7):550-551. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130070070025

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The newspaper report in its stark particulars stated only, "A permanent injunction has been granted in U. S. District Court against the controversial Rand cancer 'vaccine,' prohibiting further manufacture and distribution." Perusal of the "opinion of the court" reveals that US Judge James C. Connell described the defendants' actions in unusually strong words. The judge's opinion included such statements as "Just why and on what theory these men who call themselves scientists presume to be a law unto themselves I do not know.... Why didn't the Rands tell the department [Food and Drug Administration] of the Crile report? It would have melted their snowball had they done so, that is why they didn't do it.... After they drove their stock up with their cute little story, they wouldn't just take the chance that the snowball would melt too fast."

Blatant newspaper and magazine publicity had initiated a worldwide pilgrimage to