The 1953 Fitzgerald Report was a highly controversial and suppressed document from 1953, written by Special Counsel for the Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee member Benedict Fitzgerald. His report would reveal a monopolistic effort on behalf of many organizations to block effective cancer treatments.
Commissioned by Congressman Charles Tobey in the 1950s to investigate a possible conspiracy in orthodox medicine at the time, Benedict Fitzgerald conducted an extensive study on the practices of many establishments specializing in cancer issues. These included:
- American Cancer Society
- American Medical Association
- Anne Fuller Fund, New Haven, Connecticut
- Babe Ruth Foundation
- Black, Stevenson Cancer Foundation, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
- Bondy Fund, New York
- Jonathan Bowman Fund, Madison, Wisconsin
- Crocker Cancer Research Fund, New York
- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, New York
- Phllip L. Drosnes and the Drosnes-Lazenbey Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Dr. F. M. Eugene, Blass Clinic, Long Valley, New Jersey
- Dr. Gregory Clinic, Pasadena, California
- Hoxsey Cancer Clinic, 4507 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, Texas
- C. P. Huntington Fund, New York
- International Cancer Research Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
- Dr. Waldo Jones, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Lakeland Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
- Lincoln Foundation, Medford, Mass.
- Memorial Hospital, New York
- Dr. K. F. Murphy and Dr. Charles Lyman Lofler Clinic, 25 E. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois
- New York Skin and Cancer Hospital, New York
- Radium Institute of New York
- Henry Rutherford Fund, New York
- Charles F. Spang Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
- The Department of Health, Education and Welfare
As Fitzgerald states in the opening paragraphs of his report, his studies were conducted to examine the following:
"1. All those individuals, organizations, foundations, hospitals and clinics, throughout the United States, which have an effect upon interstate commerce and which have been conducting researches, investigations, experiments and demonstrations relating to the cause, prevention, and methods of diagnosis and treatment of the disease cancer, to determine the interstate ramifications of their operations, their financial structures, including their fund-raising methods, and the amounts expended for clinical research as distinguished from administrative expenditures, and to ascertain the extent of the therapeutic value claimed by each in the use of its particular therapy.
2. The facts involving the discovery of, the imports from a foreign country of, the researches upon, and the interstate experiments, demonstrations, and use of the various drugs, preparations, and remedies for the treatment of the disease cancer, such drugs to include the so-called wonder drug Krebiozen, Glyoxylide, Mucorhicin and others.
3. The facts involving the interstate conspiracy, if any, engaged in by any individuals, organizations, corporations, associations, and combines of any kind whatsoever, to hinder, suppress, or restrict the free flow or transmission of Krebiozen, Glyoxylide, and Mucorhicin, and other drugs, preparations and remedies, and information, researches, investigations, experiments and demonstrations relating to the cause, prevention and methods of diagnosis and treatment of the disease cancer.
4. The facts involving the operations of voluntary cooperative prepaid medical plans and the organizations sponsoring said plans which are engaged in interstate commerce and which include in their programs medical treatment for the disease cancer, to determine the extent of their interstate insurance operations, the identity of their originators and sponsors, and the resistance, if any, that each insurer has experienced from any individuals, organizations, corporations, associations, or combines, in their attempts to offer protection to those who are afflicted with the disease cancer.
5. The facts involving the inequality of opportunity, if any, that exists with regard to race, creed or color, in connection with the admission of students, researchers, and patients to institutions throughout the United States engaged in cancer therapy.".
Upon Fitzgerald investigating the aforementioned list of establishments, his findings were shocking. He discovered that numerous government agencies were suppressing a handful of successful cancer treatments, and only approving harmful radium, x-ray & surgery based remedies as acceptable treatments. Fitzgerald states:
If radium, x-ray or surgery or either of them is the complete answer, then the greatest hoax of the age is being perpetrated upon the people by the continued appeal for funds for further research. If neither x-ray, radium or surgery is the complete answer to this dreaded disease, and I submit that it is not, then what is the plain duty of society? Should we stand still? Should we sit idly by and count the number of physicians, surgeons and cancerologists who are not only divided but who, because of fear or favor, are forced to line up with the so-called accepted view of the American Medical Association, or should this Committee make a full scale investigation of the organized effort to hinder, suppress and restrict the free flow of drugs which allegedly have proven successful in cases where clinical records, case history, pathological reports and x-ray photographic proof, together with the alleged cured patients, are available."
He then goes on to summarize his findings.
"We should determine whether existing agencies, both public and private, are engaged and have pursued a policy of harassment, ridicule, slander, and libelous attacks on others sincerely engaged in stamping out this curse of mankind. Have medical associations, through their officers, agents, servants and employees, engaged in this practice? My investigation to date should convince this committee that a conspiracy does exist to stop the free flow and use of drugs in interstate commerce which allegedly has solid therapeutic value. Public and private funds have been thrown around like confetti at a country fair to close up and destroy clinics, hospitals, and scientific research laboratories which do not conform to the viewpoint of medical associations."
Because of his discoveries of contradiction and corruption between agencies designed to cure people and exposing the American Medical Association's effort to block effective cancer treatments, the Fitzgerald Report has been suppressed for the last 53 years. The report was submitted into the Congressional Record Appendix August 3, 1953  where it has remained until it was recently unearthed by Dr. Stanley Monteith.
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