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March 26, 1982

The Cure of Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia in Adults

JAMA. 1982;247(12):1698. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320370016018

To the Editor.—  In the hematology update so well written by Ernest Beutler, MD (1981;245:2193), he discussed the cure of acute leukemia in adults and referred to Gloors1 interesting article in 1930 of an apparent cure in a 49-year-old man with typical acute myeloblastic leukemia. I believe it is of interest to give a follow-up on the subject of that report.The subject continued his successful business after his return from Naegeli's Clinic, and became a well-known philanthropist. Many refugees from Nazi Germany owe their finding a haven in the United States to his efforts. The medical profession also greatly benefited from his generosity, with cancer and leukemia research figuring prominently among the beneficiaries. A major medical center has named a building after him in recognition of his many contributions. He maintained good health both physically and mentally until 1978, when obstructive jaundice developed, and he became homebound thereafter.