Medicine: Eggs and/or Cancer

A retired Italian laborer with a bright red rash, recently treated in Boston City Hospital,* was a curious and fascinating case to many doctors — especially cancer researchers. He was apparently the first clinical case of egg-white disease, an ailment previously produced only in laboratories by feeding experimental subjects an inordinate amount of raw egg white (or a chemical extracted from it, avidin).

The 66-year-old patient while still in his teens had learned to love a raw egg or two in a glass of wine, had lately lived on little else. His...

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