Medicine: The Great Humiliation

For a fellow who ended his formal schooling after the eighth grade, Harry M. (for Mathias) Hoxsey, 52, has made quite a name for himself in the world of medicine. His formula for success: a mixture of roots, water and licorice, labeled Hoxsey Tonic and sold in 16-oz. bottles to thousands as a remedy for cancer.

The tonic, and Harry Hoxsey's special treatment, have brought him wealth —and fame of a sort. He has been denounced as a charlatan by the A.M.A.; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regards his tonic as worthless as a cancer cure. Yet some 40 new patients...

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