Medicine: Arsenic & Cancer

An apparent cure of a case of bone cancer by means of arsenic warranted reporting in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. A Toronto woman, Mrs. R— F—, had a cancer on her left thigh bone. High voltage X-ray treatment for eight months produced no observable good.

Dr. Arthur Clinton Hendrick, Toronto surgeon who was handling Mrs. R— F—'s cancer, decided to cease X-rays and try intravenous injections of colloidal metallic arsenic. His good friend, Professor Eli Franklin Burton, University of Toronto physicist, had originated the preparation of colloidal arsenic....

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