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August 19, 1939

The Chemistry of Natural Immunity

JAMA. 1939;113(8):711. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330077041

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The author of this book for years has promoted a remedy for the treatment of cancer which has been a not infrequent subject of adverse reports in The Journal. The first portion of the book is an attempt to formulate a biochemical explanation of observations made by various scientific workers in the field of physiology and pathology. The second portion contains brief histories of cases in which cancer and many other conditions, according to the author, have been amenable to "Glyoxylide." If Dr. Koch were successful in treating cancer (which had been established as such beyond all doubt by repeated diagnoses), his clinic by this time would be overrun by thousands of patients. If Koch's solution is truly the chemical he describes, it is obviously so unstable that it would probably not be the same substance when it reached far distant points and the container was opened for injection. Case

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