Milbank Johnson (
October 13, 1871– October 3, 1944) went to college at the University of Southern California, and received his MD certification from Northwestern School of Medicinein 1893. He founded the first hospital in Alhambra, California, but closed it two years later when he moved to Los Angeles. He was the Chief Surgeon for what became the Southern California EdisonCompany, as well as a director of the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, which had moved to the Los Angeles area following the devastating San Francisco earthquake in 1906. He was also a Professor of Physiology at the University of Southern Californiain the early 1900s.
Johnson was one of the authors of the revised City Charter for the City of
Los Angeles in 1915, and was very active in many associations and organizations. He served as a director of the Pasadena General Hospital, president of the Southwestern Museum, and chairman of the California Taxpayer's Association.
November 3, 1929 the San Diego Union newspaper published an article about the Rife #2 microscope. Professor Dr. Arthor Isaac Kendall, PhD, MD., asked his friend Milbank if such a story was true. Johnson went to investigate this and became interested in the ultraviolet light virus microscopes, and later the "Beam Ray" radio-frequency medical treatment machines invented by
Royal Rifeof San Diego. August 26, 1932, Science magazine published an article "Observations with the Rife Microscope of Filter-Passing Forms of Microorganisms" by Dr. Edward C. Rosenow, M.D., (1875-1966), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, where it was described that the herpes encephalitis virus could be seen.cite web
first =Edward C., M.D.
title =Observations with the Rife Microscope of Filter-Passing Forms of Microorganisms
publisher =Science Magazine (search for herpes)
date = 1932-08-26
accessdate = 2007-09-26 ] cite web
first =Edward C., M.D.
title =Observations with the Rife...
publisher =Science Magazine (Column 2 first page, last paragraph, fourth line, "herpes")
date = 1932-08-26
accessdate = 2007-09-26 ] This demonstrated the effectiveness of the Rife Microscope over conventional light microscopes. Later, a culture medium invented by Dr. Arthur Isaac Kendall, Ph.D. of Northwestern Medical School (and a dean of the school years earlier) was found to be effective for culturing microscopically observable, Berkefeld-000 filterable forms of various microorganisms.cite web
first =Arthor Isaac, MD., PhD.
coauthors =Rife, Royal, PhD.
title =Observations on ...
publisher =California & Western Medicine / Pub-Med
date = 1931 December No. 6
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accessdate = 2007-07-02 ] In addition to the referenced / cited filterable form of T.B., two microorgansims Rife closely linked to
cancercould also be cultured using the K-medium--Rife named these the BX and BY cancerviruses.
In 1933, Johnson became interested in the success of the "Beam Ray" machine, a radio transmitter driving a plasma lamp device, in disabling or killing various pathogenic causes of diseases including the so called BX and BY cancer viruses. Johnson's first wife had died of cancer in 1920, and in 1934, two years before his retirement, and using on the "Beam Ray" machines, he set up and ran what has become known as the "1934 Cancer Clinic" at a
Scrippsfacility in La Jolla, California, near San Diego.
Johnson wrote, in 1935, that the results of the 1934 Clinic were "not conclusive", and indeed, one of the patients from that clinic came to Johnson in early 1935 with an advanced cancer in or behind an eye, and Johnson sent him off to have the cancer and eye removed. Johnson was an avid writer, and kept copies of all his letters. Records of the patients of that clinic or their conditions have never been published and claims about the results of the clinic are mostly unsubstantiated.
Johnson set up, with the approval of USC President Dr.
Rufus B. von KleinSmid, what was called the Special Medical Research Committee in 1935 to look into the Rife Ray machine, and it is thought that this committee was a gentleman's agreement between Johnson and USC, possibly for liabilityprotection.
Johnson held two more clinics, the first in Los Angeles in 1935 focusing on various diseases, and the last in 1936-37 in
Altadena, California, at the Scripps Home for the Aged. This clinic focused on treatment for cataracts, and Johnson wrote that the results were excellent, with total restoration of vision in twenty-nine out of thirty patients. Johnson quarreled with Rife in 1938 (Johnson had gotten USC to offer Rife an honorary doctorate in 1935 or 1936, which Rife refused to have anything to do with) and by 1938 dropped his interest in Rife, although he stayed very active in the National and the California Taxpayer's Associations.
Conspiracy theorists such as author
Barry Lynesclaim that Johnson was murdered in 1939 prior to publishing results of his study on the Rife technology. In reality, Johnson died of a heart attack on October 3, 1944at age 72, six years after his association with Rife had ended. His second wife, Isobel Simeral, died in 1948.
* [http://www.dfe.net/Milbank_Johnson.html More information on Dr. Milbank Johnson]
* [http://rife.org/milbankjohnson/milbankjohnson.html Collected letters of Dr. Milbank Johnson]
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