Medicine: Serum Against Cancer?

Every report of a treatment that prolongs the life of cancer victims demands the most skeptical scrutiny. Many such claims add up to cruel quackery, and others, by reputable men of medicine, have proved to be overoptimistic. Last week physicians had a tough job: evaluating a treatment proposed by a brilliant Canadian surgeon and reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Dr. Gordon Murray, 64, of Toronto's Gardiner Medical Research Foundation, reported going back to an old idea that had never paid off before: using animals to make an anti-cancer serum. He could not make it work in small animals, so he...

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