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April 15, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(15):1460-1461. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800150032012

According to a report in the British Medical Journal the American "cancer cures" promoted by William F. Koch and Norman Baker have been investigated by a committee of qualified medical experts in New Zealand.1 On Aug. 31, 1938, fifteen patients who had been treated by the Koch and Baker fluids were carefully examined by members of the committee. It was decided that six of the patients had cancer and six were probably cancerous, while three definitely did not have cancer. The examiners were especially interested in four cases of cancer of the breast which had been treated with local injections of the Baker2 fluid around the periphery of the breast ten days prior to examination and also with intravenous injection of Koch's3 fluid the day before. In each case the whole of the breast and a varying but extensive surrounding area were completely gangrenous, black and malodorous.