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Cancer "cures" collection

Call Number: Pam Coll 10


Collection consists of pamphlets and books by individuals, private cancer hospitals, and other organizations promoting non-surgical cures for cancer. The American Medical Association claimed that any such cures were fakes. The promoters in turn criticized the AMA as the "medical trust." Most of the pamphlets contain patient testimonials. Approximate dates for items are based on the date of the most recent testimonials.


  • Publication: 1900-1954

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are available for research. Yale does not own copyright.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Helfand, 2013-2014.


Single series arranged by last name of individual or corporate name.

Related Materials

There are additional advertisements for cancer cures in the William Helfand Collection of Medical Ephemera (Pam Coll 8), Album 2. See also Harry M. Hoxsey, How Dr. Hoxsey wins and loses (Wichita, Kansas, 1956). Hoxsey was a notorious promotor of a cancer cure. The pamphlet is about court cases against him.


1 boxes

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Cancer "cures" collection
In Progress
Toby A. Appel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Repository

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