Medicine: Victories for Laetrile's Lobby

These are bad times for reason, all around. Suddenly, all of the major ills are being coped with by acupuncture. If not acupuncture, it is apricot pits.

So said Lewis Thomas, the distinguished physician and writer (The Lives of a Cell), soon after he became president of Manhattan's famed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center four years ago. Last week his sardonic words rang truer still. After five years of exhaustive studies with mice, researchers at his world-renowned institute concluded that in spite of early indications it might control the spread of tumors, the controversial...

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