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February 3, 1940

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JAMA. 1940;114(5):416. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810050036014

NORMAN BAKER CONVICTED  On January 23 a jury found Norman Baker, notorious promoter of a cancer cure, guilty of using the United States mails to defraud. He and several of his associates were found guilty by a jury after one hour and thirty-nine minutes of deliberation. This is the same Norman Baker who promoted the old Hoxsey nostrum and who claimed that the American Medical Association had offered him a million dollars for his cancer cure. This is the Norman Baker who has constantly claimed that he was being persecuted by the American Medical Association. It is the same Baker who was ordered off the air with his station at Muscatine, Iowa, in June 1931, following publication of an article in The Journal exposing the manner in which that station was being used to entice sufferers from cancer to Muscatine. This is the Norman Baker who sued the American Medical