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Also your shingles last year, or two years ago.
Yes, and also my shingles. Shingles had been shown
to be responsive to this and also for hepatitis.
In October of 1977 I persuaded Deeda Blair and
Dr. Jordan Gutterman to go to Stockholm to see Dr. Cantell,
the maker of interferon, from Helsinki, who happened to be
there, and Dr. Strander, and see what their current figures
were. I wanted to know what Gutterman's and Deeda's feelings
about their reports were and how much interferon could be
purchased, because the Cancer Institute had purchased a
small amount a year before and hadn't given it out. Nobody
in the Cancer Institute thought it would work, and they
were totally disinterested in it.
The only place where they were purchasing any
was at the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious
Diseases, and they gave it to Dr. Merigan to use it on hepatitis
and on shingles. But you don't need to go on treating viral
diseases. It's not a thing that you have to do for a year.
You give a certain amount for X weeks and the disease disappears,
or you don't have to constantly be treating it.
Yes, it's quite different from cancer.
Yes, it's quite different. A different thing. So they
found out that we could purchase some. My idea was to try
it in breast cancer and see what effect it had.
So we did arrange to purchase some and it was made
and delivered about the first of February to M. D. Anderson
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