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March 26, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(13):363. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391380027011

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Dear Sir:  —I have recently seen several communications in the journals in regard to the rumex acetosa or small-leafed sorrel. I have also had some experience with the herb that may be of some interest to the profession.In 1849, directly after I began practicing medicine, an old gentleman, a very warm friend, proposed to give me a secret remedy for cancer, which he said he had obtained from a brother, who was a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, and then practising in one of the interior towns of Pennsylvania. He said it would cure every time without fail, and he brought out an old worn sheet of unruled foolscap paper, written over one-half of its surface, minutely detailing the season in which the broad-leafed, or horse-sorrel, was to be gathered and prepared. According to the recipe the directions must be followed out most scrupulously or the efficiency of the

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