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July 1939

The Chemistry of Natural Immunity.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(1):228. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990070240021

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Abstract

This pretentious title refers to the latest manifestation of the Koch treatment for cancer and other diseases. According to Dr. Koch many ills are "based upon toxic activity that destroys oxidation catalysis. They are all curable by restoration of the oxidation catalysis to normal, or to better than normal." To prove this point he delivers a blast of biochemical and physiologic jargon, in which the vitamins are not forgotten. A series of case histories is presented. There is also some speculation about the spontaneous generation of filtrable viruses.

Cancer, tuberculosis, leprosy, syphilis, psoriasis, poliomyelitis, acne, staphylococcic meningitis, common colds, distemper, arthritis, sinusitis, Vincent's infection, pneumonia, measles, shingles, arrested development, epilepsy, dementia praecox and hay fever are among the diseases which Dr. Koch claims to cure. The remarkable agent which is responsible for these miracles is known as "glyoxylide," which is supposed to restore oxidation catalysis to normal. Since this book

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