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December 20, 1965

Dowsing for Cancer

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Bloomington, Hawaii

JAMA. 1965;194(12):1330. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090250064029

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To the Editor:—  I was led to attend the annual convention of the American Society of Dowsers a few weeks ago, at which the principal theme was "Science and Dowsing." Much impressed by the enthusiasm of those convinced of the practical values of good dowsing, and of the vast untouched reservoirs of scientific applications, I elected to experiment.Traditionally, dowsers use forked sticks, held pointing skyward. When passing over water, the stem of the "Y" swings downward.An obvious experimental approach came to mind. Dowsers use hard wooden forks to locate water. By reversing the process, using a polyethylene tubing filled with water, should I not be able to locate hard cancers buried in the human body? Before filing my application for a research grant from the National Cancer Institute, I conducted a pilot study.

Methods and Materials.—  A Yshaped dowsing stick was bifurcated from two pieces of clear flexible

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