Papers relating to Cancer Research

Scope and Content

Papers covering Professor Blair-Bell's work on the treatment of cancer with lead colloid, comprising reprints of medical articles from publications relating to research work on cancer treatments, including related letters and papers submitted to the British Medical Journal and the Lancet, research papers into the use of lead as a treatment for cancer, including correspondence with plumbers' associations and companies discussing the death rate through cancer of their members, case records of cancer patients, including details of diagnosis and treatment, correspondence from medics wishing to learn more about the lead treatment for cancer, letters from individuals from the UK and overseas, requesting Blair-Bell's lead treatment for the cases of cancer in relatives (November 1925) and including details about individual cases and requests for supplies of the lead colloid, correspondence with the British surgeon, Frank Coke relating to the establishment of a cancer research centre in London, newspaper articles and public response to articles about cancer research work, correspondence with Lord Dawson and others, concerning the medical treatment for cancer of the wife of an American attorney, Mrs Seidman, brought over to Liverpool by Lord Dawson to benefit from Blair-Bell's cancer treatment, with Professor W C M Lewis of the Muspratt Laboratory of the University of Liverpool, covering the creation of lead colloids and suspensions, statistical information for the work of the Cancer Research Committee, in particular in reference to deaths from lead poisoning and occupational deaths, funding and receipts for donations to the Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales Council of the British Empire Cancer Research Campaign, discussion of plans for an international committee to discuss cancer research, correspondence with the Cunard Steam Ship Company concerning the payment of customs duty for a shipment of tetraethyl lead for research work from the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation in New York, letters from Dr John W Corran, research chemist with J & J Colman Ltd, regarding the development of ALMATA, a nutritional drink, as a treatment for stomach cancer (1927), and printed programme and report on the International Cancer Conference held in London by the British Empire Cancer Campaign (July 1928) and a copy of Blair-Bell's letter to the British Empire Cancer Campaign regarding statements made by them adverse to the work of the Liverpool Medical Research Organisation. This series also includes letters from members of the public with suggestions for cancer treatments and cures, and returns of weekly wage-earners employed by way of manual labour by Blair-Bell at his estate at Eardiston (1928).


This subfonds was created in October 2012 during recataloguing of the papers in order to facilitate access to the collection. Original references are captured at file level, and the papers arranged chronologically.

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Copyright of the estate of Professor William Blair-Bell and by permission of the estate of Morris Datnow.