Stomach cancer

Ulceration of stomach malignant or not apparently malignant with respective approach of treatment by RT.Cooper….

Anaemic ulceration of the Stomach. Malignant ulceration; two cases. Gastric ulceration threatening malignancy. Ornithogalum Umbellatum; short remarks upon.

THIS chapter is chiefly made up from a paper that appeared in The Homoeopathic World, April 1898; it is here reprinted with some few additions.


It would be impossible to adduce more striking and more satisfactory evidence of the great power possessed by plant remedies, irrespective of any special mode of preparation, than is afforded by the following cases:


The first case is that of a Sister of Mercy, aged 30, date of coming, November 15, 1897, in whom a strong anaemic history existed, and with whom sickness of stomach had prevailed for some twelve years. The symptoms began at eighteen years of age with anaemia and cessation of menstruation for six months; since then the monthly period ceases on one occasion for about the same time, and now nothing has been seen for 22 years. She used to have a good deal of left submammary pains, but this is now only felt occasionally. Her principal symptoms is that after meals a weight is felt in the stomach; this goes on till froth comes in her mouth with much clear fluid, and then her food is vomited, bringing with it great relief. Stomach sometimes very distended, generally in the morning, and lately the feeling after food has been more of an emptiness than of a weight. Feels frightfully depressed when these sensations come on. Bowels are regular, but for two years suffered from obstinate constipation; there is no melaena, and no uterine bearing down, or leucorrhoea.

Actaea racemosa O A, given. A friend brings the report to me (November 29) that the sister ” has been much better till last night, when she felt swollen and was unable to eat anything this morning.”

Reported also having been sick on Saturday the 27th, after dinner, the only time within the fortnight. Her spirits are much better, and the principal thing the now complains of is being very flatulent with a sour taste as from fermentation and as if everything turned acid.

For this last symptoms I did not think it necessary to alter the selection, and gave again Actaea rac.O A.

One of her follow sisters reports (February 15, 1898) that in every way improvement has gone on, and that to all appearances she is in perfect health, though the catamenia are still absent.

In selecting the remedy I had more in view the past symptoms than the present state of the patient. The submammary pain had formerly been a prominent symptoms, and this, with anaemia and tendency to irregularity of the menstrual functions, was characteristically in Actaea condition.

She has remained perfectly well.


Miss J., aged 50, a thin, spare, drawn-featured woman. Date of case, November 6, 1897. Fifteen years ago vomited blood, and dates her sufferings from this, but has always been subject to gastric pain.

Symptoms: Pain in the stomach, with sickness; vomiting two or three times a day; feels a pressure in every nerve of the body, sometimes in one part, sometimes in another, with pain across the chest, sometimes after food, sometimes at night, and sometimes on an empty stomach; a great deal of wind and sometimes a swollen feeling across the lower chest; occasional heartburn with rising of food; nasty canker taste in the morning; sleep not good from the pains; wandering dreams; bowels are confined. Previous treatment has been at the Kilburn Dispensary, under several doctors, at a homoeopathic dispensary, and at a principal homoeopathic hospital. Ornithogalum Umbellatum O A, was prescribed.

November 13. Not sick since Monday the 8th, but still has pains; the pressure pains are bad; the pain in the lower chest is constant, but it is better at night than before dose; wakes in perspirations at night a new feature; still dreams; pressure across lower chest same; heartburn and nasty taste much better; bowels confined. Nil.

November 27. Has been much better, but to-day had a good deal of pain across the chest when coming here; worse on left side; perspirations at night are less; “goes cold before the pains:” no heartburn, but nasty taste still and confined bowels. Again Ornith. Umb.O A.

December 11. Pain across chest much better; perspiration less; coldness same; had much looseness of the bowels next day, after dose; they continued acting three or four times a day for a week; sleeps better and dreams less. Nil.

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.