Medicine: Cancer Canard

"We're on the way!" was the exultant quote, and since the source was Surgeon General Luther Leonidas Terry of the U.S. Public Health Service, and "the way" was supposed to lead to a cure for cancer, the story was big on radio and in the papers. It started as a Terry interview on Washington, D.C.'s WWDC, and U.P.I, picked up parts of it and sent it everywhere. But the full transcript of the Terry interview showed him to be passing on old news, and none too significant at that.

The "drug which has almost certainly...

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