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May 13, 1911

THE TREATMENT OF CANCER WITH BODY FLUIDS AND CANCEROUS ASCITIC FLUID

JAMA. 1911;LVI(19):1383-1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560190011007
Abstract

This paper is a report of the work done at the Massachusetts General Hospital, under the direction of the Cancer Commission of Harvard University, during the months from February to September, 1910, inclusive, on the treatment of inoperable cancer with the various normal and abnormal body fluids and with cancerous ascitic fluid.

This line of work was suggested by the results obtained by Hodenpyl of New York, which were reported in February, 1910.1 The purpose of the present investigation was twofold: (1) to determine whether any curative properties existed in the ascitic fluids of cancerous patients; and (2) to determine what effect the various normal and abnormal body fluids, non-cancerous in origin, had on the cancer patient or his tumor. The theory advanced by Hodenpyl in regard to the action of the fluid in his apparently spontaneously cured patient, was along the lines of other theories of immunity. This

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