Liver cancer

A complete documented case study of a case of liver cancer by R.T.cooper….

Case of Cancer of Liver. Case of Supposed Cirrhosis of Liver, declared incurable.

THE next are two somewhat similar cases and to these I devote the first portion of this chapter as affording equally important evidence of the truth of my statements.

Both of the patients had been attended by a number of doctors in Southampton.

The first is that of an artist of good repute, whose name, as well as those of the practitioners connected with his case, I suppress for obvious reasons.

On October 29, 1898, I received a letter from this gentleman’s wife, from which the subjoined are extracts:

“Perhaps you will remember whilst in southampton attending me and bringing me as I thought at the time from the brink of the grave. I wish now to put Mr. M.’s case before you, as no doctor here nor the specialist in London, Dr. M.B., has done any good. At the end of May Mr. M. had jaundice, but got fairly well again in two months, able to walk eight miles. Then as the weather changed he took cold and has been very ill over two months, not able to take any solid food without suffering agonies of pain after it, and is now starving from want, getting thinner and weaker every day.

“Dr. M.B., the specialist, thought there might be a gall-stone; the doctors here a growth or tumour.”

The letter went on to ask if I thought it possible to do him any good.

Few particulars as to symptoms having been given, I relied more upon past experience in sending him down Ornith. Umbel. O A., which he took October 30. On November 2, his wife reported unfavourably; he had had one of his bad attacks of acidity which left him more prostate than any of the preceding ones; no appetite whatever, takes only a little arrowroot. “To-day he had not been able to touch anything until 4 o’clock p.m., when he took part of an egg beaten up, but without appetite. “I am really afraid,” she goes on to say, ” he is sinking; he has got very thin and looks dreadfully ill.”

The letter went on to request my coming to see him, which I did a few days afterwards, but in the meantime sent down the better indicated remedy, Iris versicolor O A., and on November 4 report came in ” Mr. M. took the powder at 9 this morning, and found it working till 3 o’clock this afternoon, when he was sick naturally, an unusual thing for him; the vomit was slightly acid and yellow, about a teacupful. He is feeling very weak this evening, having been in bed four days and taking no nourishment through the stomach, and he does not feel inclined to take it, being only supported by suppositories.”

The assurance of the patient that he felt the remedy to be acting, followed by a change of symptoms, in this case a natural sickness, is proof that the selection was the right one.

After this, improvement continued; the dose was repeated in a week and proved too violent in its action to be pleasant for the patient’s comfort; when disturbance from it ceased, as it did in some hours, improvement again set in for a few days.

The subsequent progress of the case was somewhat checked by a severe cold with feverishness, and on November 27, I again called to see him and was much struck by his jaundiced appearance. This jaundice I ascertained had never really left him since he was seized with it in May. I found the stomach distended, with clearness of percussion over the duodenum except where the left globe of the liver appeared to overlap it, which led me to suspect a carcinomatous growth coming from the under surface of the liver. The patient expressed himself as having been so far wonderfully relieved; he had been, her said, in agonies of pain for two weeks before adopting my treatment, and had almost wholly lived during this time on food suppositories.

The presence of jaundice and the exacerbation of the symptoms on dark, misty days, led me to select Calendula off. O A. for him, and after this steady, uninterrupted improvement went on.

Thus, on December 2, his son writes” ” I think since Mr. M. has taken the powder the jaundice is much better; anyway his colour is much better. There is nothing unusual, as far as we can see, except that the bowels have acted twice a day for the last three days, but have not acted to-day, and his appetite has improved a great deal. This improvement is still maintained, and he has practically left off (food) suppositories.

On December 4, I repeated the Calendula without any disturbance whatever, and towards the close of December I gave him continuous doses of Ferrum picricum 6th dec. in tablets, and subsequently in drops, and without in any way disturbing the continued improvement.

Robert Thomas Cooper
Dr. Robert Thomas Cooper (1844-1903) was an Irish homeopath. In 1866, he "settled in private practice at Southampton," [Obit, 459], moving to London in 1874. He had two busy London medical practices, one at Notting Hill and the other in Hanover Square. He was a key member of the Cooper Club named after him [Blackie, 1976, p.158]. He published Cancer & Cancer Symptoms 1900; and Lectures on Diseases of the Ears, 2nd Edition 1880. Apart from numerous articles in the Homeopathic World, mostly about materia medica, he also published a series of articles in the Dublin Medical Review.