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January 15, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(3):82-83. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391280026011

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To the Editor of The Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —In an adjoining county there resides a so called cancer doctress, who, like all of her class, professes to remove and cure cancers without the use of the knife. She uses a plaster which in from three to six applications will, so she claims, "kill any morbid growth and after a few hours poulticing remove it in one piece." That she does succeed in extirpating tumors there can be no doubt, but the means used by the members of the fraternity has, so far as I know, remained a secret which no reasonable amount of money would induce them to impart to the medical profession or laity. Their patients are numerous, owing to the fact that most people, seem to have an innate dread of the surgeon's knife, no matter how skilfully used; although it is far less painful than this local

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