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August 18, 1945

A MEXICAN TREATMENT FOR CANCER—A WARNING

JAMA. 1945;128(16):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860330054022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Many cancer patients from the United States have recently been attracted to Mexico City by reports of a new, allegedly successful method of treatment. We have taken occasion carefully to investigate the situation and we have prepared this statement of our opinion for the benefit of our colleagues who may be wondering about the matter.Personal investigations reveal a modernistic building for hospitalization with inadequate laboratory or other scientific facilities. The physician in charge has a courteous and considerate bedside manner. We think that he makes his patients feel better by virtue of his personality. There is no positive.evidence that he or his associates are successful by their peculiar methods in interrupting the usual course of a malignant process.The theoretical bases for the method of treatment are extraordinary. While they make use of current scientific concepts, they are not in accord in any way with established

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