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July 9, 1910

McCourt's Early Study of Cancer Treatment by Toxins

JAMA. 1910;55(2):140. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330020044022

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To the Editor:—  A rereading of your editorial on "Dr. Hodenpyl, a True Scientist" (The Journal, May 14, 1910, p. 1618), and the article of J. W. Vaughan (May 7, 1910, p. 1510) describing the treatment of cancer by the cancer residue, recalls to my mind the earlier work of Dr. P. J. McCourt. Dr. McCourt for a long time treated malignant neoplasms by a diluted glycerin solution of their toxins. The remedy was administered per os. Some very encouraging results were reported, including some apparent cures. A point much insisted on by Dr. McCourt and worthy attention of other investigators is that the remedy used should represent the toxins, not only of the neoplasm but of other complicating affections, such as syphilis, tuberculosis, etc.At the time when Dr. McCourt began his work, the immunity theory was not distinctly worked out, so that his work appears to us

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