27 May 2015
William B Coley cured 198 out of 200 research subjects with various, often advanced cancers in the 1890's, yet treatment using killed bacteria which caused an immune reaction and fever, demanded intensive nursing care and could not be easily controlled at the time. Anti-biotics, which according to one medical source, 'would reverse the high fever in half an hour', had not been developed in that era.
Illness and treatment is a heavy subject which often divides families and leads to litigation or public outcry. In many aspects the world of medicine reflects at one and the same time the very best and worst of the society it purports to cure. The sub-plot story behind the main action of the historical novel, FEVER THERAPY by Jim Burnside reflects that conundrum. Ostensibly Coley did find a cure for cancer, apparently more effective than anything developed since. Proponents of that same treatment now, one hundred and twenty years later, say that it is not used (it is on research status in the USA) because of pharmaceutical company vested interests. Researchers know exactly how and why the immune reaction kills the cancer but pharmaceutical companies with patent options just can’t make money out of such a simple and effective treatment.
Some questions seem too contentious to even broach: such as, 'How do we get rid of nuclear weapons?'
Is this one of them?
The question is how do we establish health industries which actually cure people as effectively as possible; as opposed to depending upon their continuing illness and possible demise? Let’s be absolutely clear – that is what happens. That is precisely why they give a patient an injection costing $12,000 that doesn’t work long term; as opposed to one costing $40 that just might.