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December 14, 1984

Cancer Survival

JAMA. 1984;252(22):3132. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350220040025

To the Editor.—  My thanks to John M. Merrill1 for his thoughtful review of my book, The Cancer Survivors and How They Did It. Parts of Dr Merrill's assessment were gratifying, particularly his recognition of my book's value to oncologists and his recommendation that all who treat cancer patients should read it.However, Dr Merrill exhibits disturbing blind spots regarding my book's message and cancer patients' needs. His attitudes are significant because they typify self-defeating blinders constricting the medical profession's outlook. These attitudes can only alienate the public further from cancer specialists and do exactly what Dr Merrill seeks to prevent: to increase the numbers of patients who turn from mainstream cancer therapies to alternatives.Dr Merrill maintains that there is nothing new in The Cancer Survivors. However, my book is the first to connect recent nutritional findings from orthodox cancer researchers with the alternative cancer therapies. The highly publicized