Letter from Joe R. Albi to John E. Fogarty


Title:
Letter from Joe R. Albi to John E. Fogarty
Creator:
Albi, Joe R.
Recipient:
Fogarty, John Edward, 1913-1967
Date:
11 May 1959
Description:
Mr. Albi, another Krebiozen believer, wrote to protest NCI's refusal to do clinical trials to assess its cancer-curing properties. Krebiozen was an alternative cancer "cure" promoted in the 1940s and 1950s by Dr. Stevan Durovic and Dr. Andrew Ivy. They claimed amazing cure rates and had testimonials from patients, along with support from some politicians. When hospitals and cancer centers tried the treatment, they could not reproduce Ivy's results. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a summary of the negative clinical studies in 1951; Ivy and Durovic claimed this was a conspiracy against them. The National Cancer Institute and the FDA tested samples of Krebiozen and found that it was just creatine (an amino acid) dissolved in mineral oil. Ivy and Durovic were convicted of marketing mislabeled drugs in 1964. Like many politicians, Fogarty received numerous queries from constituents about Krebiozen, and asked J. R. Heller, director of NCI, to provide current information he could pass along.
Original Repository:
Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College
Location:
Box: 47. Folder: 587
Rights:
Courtesy of Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College.
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Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Format:
Text
Extent:
2 pages
Relation:
Letter from John E. Fogarty to Joe R. Albi, 1959
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Original Repository. Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College. 12898. URL. http://www.providence.edu/LIBRARY/spcol/
Legacy ID:
HRBBMY
NLM ID:
101743404X208
Profiles Collection:
The John E. Fogarty Papers
Story Section:
Redefining the Federal Role in Public Health, Medical Research, and Education, 1949-1960