Medicine: Challenging the Apricot-Pit Gang

Few Senators have more reason to want a cure for cancer than Massachusetts' Edward Kennedy. In 1973 his son Teddy, now 15, had a leg amputated because of a bone malignancy. But last week, presiding over a crowded, acrimonious Senate subcommittee hearing on Laetrile, Kennedy showed little patience with supporters of the alleged anti-cancer drug. Facing four of Laetrile's leading advocates—three of whom have been convicted of conspiring to smuggle and distribute the apricot-pit extract into the U.S.—Kennedy asked each in turn whether he would "stop, halt and cease raising false hopes" if an objective test found Laetrile worthless. All four...

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