The Cure of Childhood Leukemia:
Into the Age of Miracles
John Laszlo, M.D.
Fifty years ago, childhood leukemia was always fatal. Though the number of new cases
has remained largely unchanged, what has changed is the outcome. In the United States,
instead of 2,140 deaths of children with leukemia under the age of fifteen in 1961,
there were 610 deaths in 1991, and the figures are improving every year. Today, over
75 percent of children with leukemia can be cured. Dr. John Laszlo tells the story of
this monumental victory over cancer through the voices of nine doctors and researchers:
Emil J. Freireich, Emil Frei, C. Gordon Zubrod, Joe Burchenal, George Hitchings, Gertrude
Elion, Howard Skipper, Jim Holland, and Donald Pinkel.