A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH by Herbert Bailey

A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Incredible Story of Krebiozen"" continues Herbert Bailey's vehement account and defense of this drug (and attack against organized medicine) which he originally made in his first book- which Hermitage published in 1955, at about the same time when George Stoddard wrote his discreditization, (Beacon). Certainly, much as in the Hiss-Chambers case, one is left with the same sense that there are many in this controversy- on both sides; that Bailey's partisanship lacks scientific detachment; and that with so much evidence, there are still some unexplained factors and rather unbelievable claims. Most of this book retraces much of the material presented in the first: the Durovics' Importation of the drug they developed in Argentina; Dr. Ivy's (the former head of the University of Illinois Medical School, and vice-president under Stoddard- both of whom were deposed) sponsorship; the results of the first tests; the damaging effects of the publicity releases and the blackballing by the A.M.A., the falsifications of evidence against what was always termed a ""secret preparation"" (and still is); etc. etc. Some of the newer material is based on the findings of the five year period (the 70% beneficial results on 687 patients tested) which Dr. Ivy released in the book Regnery published last year..... It remains a fascinating story in many respects (if Bailey's allegations are all bona fide) frightening -- and perhaps this second presentation will override the restrictive (review, advertising, and distribution wise) handicaps raised against the first.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1958
Publisher: Putnam