Medicine: Coffey-Humber Test

Cancer, second worst killer in the U. S. (heart disease is first), is on the increase. Its cause is undetermined, its cure possible only when the disease is attacked in its early stages by surgery, X-rays or radium. In its advanced stages the specialist can only make the patient more comfortable while he slowly, painfully dies. Two California doctors, Walter Bernard Coffey and John Davis Humber, think they have found a palliative or cure in an extract made from part of the adrenal cortex of sheep. They patented their extract, have been running a...

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