Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering

2014

Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering (2014)

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The War On Cancer, launched in the early 1970s, set the stage for a massive influx of new ideas in fighting the disease of cancer. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, America's leading cancer research center at the time, was assigned the task of testing an unconventional therapy called "Laetrile" in an effort to curb the public's "false hope" in the alleged "quack" therapy. Ralph W. Moss PhD, a young and eager science writer, was hired by Sloan-Kettering's public relations department in 1974 to help brief the American public on the center's contribution to the War On Cancer. One of his first assignments was to write a biography about Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura, one of the Center's oldest and leading research scientists as well as the original co-inventor of chemotherapy. (C) Merola

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Critic Reviews for Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering

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Sometimes a movie featuring a man sitting on a chair talking to the camera is exactly as uncompelling as that sounds.

Sep 18, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This one's for the conspiracy-minded only.

Sep 5, 2014 | Full Review…

Mr. Moss's message is clear, shrewdly edited and peculiarly interesting.

Aug 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Though a documentary, it's dramatic enough to be reminiscent of "The Insider," the whistleblowing thriller about Big Tobacco.

Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Like many docs with activist undertones, Second Opinion tells a potentially interesting story in a bland way - a fixed camera on its main subject, who recounts the story detail by detail.

Aug 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Without hearing from some of the many cancer experts who disagree with Moss, it's very difficult to assess the strength of his arguments and accusations.

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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