Medicine: Quackery & Murder

In an unprecedented attack on cancer quackery, a Los Angeles judge last week imposed the maximum sentence for second-degree murder on a practitioner who took a fat fee on the false promise that he could cure a patient.

The patient was Linda Epping, 8, a victim of a congenital cancer of the left eye. Linda entered a Los Angeles hospital and was awaiting removal of the eye—an operation that sometimes saves a life and almost invariably prolongs it. But Chiropractor Marvin Phillips, 35, persuaded Linda's immigrant German parents that he could cure the child's cancer without an operation. He wanted $500, plus...

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