Medicine: Koch Concoction

The mechanics of medical propaganda came to light last week when Dr. John Augustus Hartwell, director of the New York Academy of Medicine, called one Alfred Fitz Roy Anderson a liar for saying that Dr. Hartwell was going to test the Koch cancer "cure."

Dr. William Frederick Koch of Detroit announced in 1919 that he had invented ''a synthetic chemical compound of very definite molecular arrangement" which cured cancer. He refused to describe the stuff. Doctors branded him a quack. People whom he claimed to have cured, doctors argued, either never had...

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