And even where the tumour arises directly from a knock or blow, or from pressure from the stays, there is usually something in the constitutional crisis that favours neoplasms; and it is this something which constitutes the danger to the future integrity of the individual. If I am correct in what I here maintain with regard to the place of real primary origin and causation of tumours in the female breasts, then it must follow that operation can never be any cure, since it is only the product that is operatively got rid of, and not the disease radically.
In proof of this, see the number of cases which I relate even in this small volume, in which the disease returned in the other breast after it had been cut out of one. The number of times in which I myself have seen this recurrence of tumours, after they had been got rid of by operation, is so great that I could adduce an absolutely overwhelming chain of evidence to prove this my contention, but I forbear; the fact is patent, and within the experience of all medical men, and, indeed, of almost all ladies of experience who take cognizance of what goes on in their own social circles.
I conclude, therefore, that both theory and experience condemn the use of the knife, which is no cure for tumours. Is an operation, then, absolutely and always useless and damnable? Not quite that, though it is not often needful if the case is taken early when the tumour is young, as medicines can cure it vitally; BUT when it has become large — very large, broken, granulating, and auto-infective, then an operation is called for, but medicinal means should be at once used to prevent recurrence. In the earlier stages operation is damnable and dangerous.