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January 19, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(3):245-246. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760030077037

Medical Practice Acts: Licensed Practitioner Convicted of Practicing Medicine Without a License.—  F. B. Needham and A. H. Bray were convicted of "practicing medicine without a license," in that they unlawfully treated a woman for a supposed cancer of the breast. They appealed to the criminal court of appeals, Oklahoma.Needham was not a licensed physician in Oklahoma, although he had for a number of years operated the Needham Cancer Sanitarium, in Oklahoma City. Bray apparently had a license authorizing him to practice medicine in Oklahoma. The evidence on behalf of the state showed that Needham and Bray told the patient that a secret formula of Needham's, a paste, when applied to the human flesh would destroy cancerous growths, if present, but that if there was no cancer the paste would not burn the flesh. By this method, they said, it could be determined if cancer was present. At their