Bibliography of W.J. McCormick, M.D. 


McCormick Bibliography


“Vitamin C is a specific antagonist of chemical and bacterial toxins.”

(W.J. McCormick, M.D.)


Over 50 years ago, it was Toronto physician William J. McCormick, M.D. (1880-1968) who pioneered the idea that poor collagen formation, due to vitamin C deficiency, was a principal cause of diverse conditions ranging from stretch marks to cardiovascular disease and cancer. This theory would become the foundation for Linus Pauling and Ewan Cameron's decision to employ large doses of vitamin C to fight cancer.


Over twenty years before Pauling, McCormick had already reviewed the nutritional causes of heart disease and noted that four out of five coronary cases in hospital show vitamin C deficiency. McCormick also early proposed vitamin C deficiency as the essential cause of, and effective cure for, numerous communicable illnesses, becoming an early advocate of using vitamin C as an antiviral and an antibiotic. Modern writers often pass by the fact that McCormick actually advocated vitamin C to prevent and cure the formation of some kidney stones as far back as 1946. And fifty years ago, McCormick "found, in clinical and laboratory research, that the smoking of one cigarette neutralizes in the body approximately 25 mg of ascorbic acid." His early use of gram-sized doses to combat what then and now are usually regarded as non-deficiency-related illnesses set the stage for today's 100,000 mg/day antiviral/ anticancer vitamin C IV's. Dr McCormick was among the first to be inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in 2004.


(Reprinted with permission from: Saul AW. Inauguration of the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame and inductees for 2004. J Orthomolecular Med, 2004. Volume 19, No 2, p 121-124.


For more information about megadose vitamin C pioneer Dr. McCormick:


Saul AW. Taking the Cure: The pioneering work of William J. McCormick, M.D. J Orthomolecular Med, 2003. Vol 18, No 2, p 93-96.


To view rare photographs of Dr. McCormick and his sanatorium:



McCormick WJ. Vitamin B therapy in inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the nervous system. Medical Record, 1939. 150, 303, 343.


McCormick WJ. Sulfonamide sensitivity and C-avitaminosis. Canad Med J, 52: 68-70, 1945.


McCormick WJ.  Lithogenesis and hypovitaminosis. Medical Record, 1946. 159:7, July, p 410-413.


McCormick WJ. The changing incidence and mortality of infectious disease in relation to changed trends in nutrition. Medical Record, 1947. September.


McCormick WJ. The striae of pregnancy: A new etiological concept. Medical Record. 1948, August. 


McCormick WJ. [Poliomyelitis, infectious disease or metabolic disorder?.] Union Med Can. 1950 Jul;79(7):739-49. Undetermined Language.


McCormick WJ. Vitamin C in the prophylaxis and therapy of infectious diseases. Arch Pediatrics. 1951 Jan;68(1):1-9. 


McCormick WJ. [Poliomyelitis; 3. infectious or metabolic?] Vie Med. 1951 Feb;32(2):58-63. Undetermined Language.


McCormick WJ. Ascorbic acid as a chemotherapeutic agent. Arch Pediatr. 1952 Apr;69(4):151-5.   and also 


McCormick WJ. Domestic water fluoridation; its pathogenic potentialities. Arch Pediatr. 1953 Apr;70(4):114-21.


McCormick WJ. Intervertebral-disc lesions: a new etiological concept. Arch Pediatr. 1954 Jan;71(1):29-32.


McCormick WJ. [Lesions of the intervertebral disk; new etiological theory.] Union Med Can. 1954 May;83(5):536-8. Undetermined Language.


McCormick WJ. Cancer: the preconditioning factor in pathogenesis; a new etiologic approach. Arch Pediatr. 1954 Oct;71(10):313-22.


McCormick WJ. Intervertebral-disc lesions: a new etiological concept. Arch Pediatr. 1954 Jan;71(1):29-32.


McCormick WJ. The rheumatic diseases: is there a common etiologic factor? Arch Pediatr. 1955 Apr;72(4):107-12.


McCormick WJ. [Cancer: predisposition as pathogenesis; new data on its etiology.] Union Med Can. 1955 Mar;84(3):272-7. French.


McCormick WJ. [Coronary thrombosis; new theory of its mechanism and etiology.] Union Med Can. 1957 May;86(5):509-14. French.


McCormick WJ.  Coronary thrombosis: a new concept of mechanism and etiology. Clinical Medicine, 1957. 4:7, July.


McCormick WJ. Cancer: a collagen disease, secondary to a nutritional deficiency. Arch Pediatr. 1959 Apr;76(4):166-71.


McCormick WJ. [Is cancer a collagen disease attributable to vitamin C deficiency.] Union Med Can. 1959 Jun;88(6):700-4. French.


McCormick WJ. Have we forgotten the lesson of scurvy? J Applied Nutrition, 1962, 15(1,2) p 4-12.



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