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February 12, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(7):195-196. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391320027009

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Dear Sir:  —In The Journal of January 15 is a communication from Dr. Amos Sawyer on "Rumex Acetosa" as the probable secret remedy used by traveling cancer doctors for taking out tumors. His falling on the article used by chance reminded me of a secret with which I was entrusted some two years since. I had operated on an old gentleman for cataract, and one day, when visiting him, he told me if he received sight from the operation he would give me two valuable recipes: one a sure cure for cancer, the other a never-failing cure for all kinds of sore eyes. To sum up the results of the operation, I got the recipes. Here is the one for cancer: Gather the leaves of the common sheep sorrel, bruise them by pounding, and press out the juice; put the juice in a thin layer in a wide and

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