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Cancer: A New Breakthrough.

Harvey Rothberg, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(3):505-506. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320150179033.
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This book is not an orderly presentation of a new breakthrough in cancer. In fact, it is many things: autobiography, popular science, diatribe, moralistic sermon, and cookbook for preparing autogenous vaccine. For the sophisticated, it could provide an evening's diversion; but for the unwary, it could be cruelly misleading.

The author is a general practitioner and school physician who became a self-made microbiologist and a purveyor of therapy to cancer patients. Her thesis is that cancer is an infectious disease caused by a pleomorphic actinomycete called Cryptocides. (The same or similar organisms are also claimed by Livingston to be responsible for scleroderma and possibly myocardial vascular disease.) These acid-fast organisms have been seen by the author and her associates in blood or tissues of all cancer patients studied and also in 60% of normal subjects. Their reports and photographs (which are not convincing to the sceptic) have been published in


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