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on the healing work; so, in 1919 on his deathbed, he summoned Harry and ordered him to bring his safe deposit box and three tablets of writing pa- per. Requiring that the door be shut, he called Harry to come near and, sitting up in bed, John found a small white envelope. “These,” he declared, “are my cancer formulas.”
The father then commanded Harry to write out the formula for the liquid, the salve, and the pow- der over and over, till he had filled the three note- books. In commenting on it later, he said he fell asleep in the room, before he finished, and had to finish the next morning.
Then the father burned the papers and, soon after, died.
herbal mixtures on hand, and close his clinic and never practice again.
Shocked, Hoxsey feebly asked to see an attor- ney first, but Harris said absolutely No. In addi- tion, he said that Hoxsey could not see Sergeant Mannix again unless he signed the paper. Orders to that effect were immediately phoned to the hos- pital.
Harry Hoxsey was powerfully built; and it is at this juncture that his incredible capacity for bold- ness in the face of opposition revealed itself. Frankly, all he had to do was to politely excuse himself, step out of the office, and a few minutes later phone Mannix’s daughter. But Hoxsey was a great believer in confrontation.
Harry Hoxsey was 18 years old, and planned to become a medical doctor before using the for- mulas. But a Civil War veteran pled with him for help and, when he recovered, spread the news far and wide.
Learning of his work, a clinic in Chicago in- vited him to give them a demonstration of his work. Dr. Bruce Miller, a staff member, was astounded by what he saw, and agreed to become medical director of Hoxsey’s Cancer Clinic in Taylorville, Illinois.
Miller remained with Hoxsey through some of his most difficult times, and later moved to Los Angeles and continued treating cancer with the technique.
At some point in his life, Hoxsey acquired a naturopathic degree.
The war began when Hoxsey was invited to give a demonstration of his method in Chicago, under the sponsorship of Dr. Malcolm Harris, a well-known surgeon. Harris was secretary of the AMA, at the time, and later its president.
The most hopeless patient that could be found was brought to Hoxsey. Thomas Mannix, a police sergeant, had rotting flesh in his clavicle where the cancer was. Looking at him, Miller despaired and said nothing could be done for the man. Hoxsey was utterly confident of success.
Good results were immediately seen; but, of course, a continued course of treatments would need to be given before there could be full recov- ery.
The next morning Hoxsey was summoned to Harris’ office and told that he and his associates wanted to use it, so everybody in America could be healed. Hoxsey was thrilled, but was then told that careful tests would have to be made and that, first, Hoxsey would have to sign a 10-page legal contract which required Hoxsey to sign over all rights to the formula to Harris and his associates. He had to give them the formula, hand over all
As he later wrote in his 1956 book, You Don’t Have to Die, Hoxsey described what happened next:
“I waited until he hung up the receiver, then seized the telephone and called the Mannix home. Before I could be connected, Doctor Har- ris reached over the desk and tried to take the telephone away from me. My left elbow flipped up, caught him squarely in the chest, and set him flying into his chair. It promptly topped him over, depositing him in a most undignified po- sition on the floor.” Hoxsey then told Mannix’s daughter to take her father out of the hospital immediately, and that he would be over to change his dressings shortly at his home.
At this, Harris jumped up and shrieked that he would have Hoxsey jailed if he treated Mannix again. “I will run you quack out of Illinois!” he screamed.
The war had begun, but Hoxsey reveled in the battle.
It would require too much space to detail the skirmishes, but a few highlights can be noted. Af- ter enemies closed him down in Illinois, he moved to Detroit, then to West Virginia, Iowa, and finally, in 1936, to Dallas, Texas.
In Dallas, Hoxsey was able to win powerful friends among local political and business inter- ests. But the lawsuits, injunctions, arrests, and occasional jailings continued.
He won libel suits against Morris Fishbein and the Hearst newspapers. He also sometimes won medical suits. Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the AMA, wrote this about Hoxsey:
“All the other wicked medical fakes, firing hope and darkening it to despair, pale beside the savagery of the cancer charlatans. They look like men, they speak like men, but in them, per- vading them, resides a quality so malevolent that it sets them apart from others of the hu-