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April 6, 1984

The Cancer Survivors and How They Did It

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

JAMA. 1984;251(13):1757-1758. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340370081039

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As an acknowledged member of the "medical orthodoxy," my attempt to review fairly a book that seeks to be controversial may be inadequate. Controversy demands either balanced presentations or startling new information, and this book lacks both. Unbalanced from its foreword (by a psychiatrist practicing oncology with l-mandelonitrile-β-glucuronic acid) to its conclusion, the book does at least avoid the classic polemic that states that there's a conspiracy to hide cancer cures.

Actual errors are few, and usually demonstrate a lack of understanding of the technical aspects of radiotherapy or cytotoxic chemotherapy. The author is somewhat naive in her review of research data. She readily accepts as scientific fact either casual observance or medical research by dentists or Nobel prizewinners in nonmedical fields. She is similarly generous in accepting as "data" testimonials, some of which are decades old.

The book attempts to be inspirational, in presenting the value of "the will