(20 marks, Verlag Fur Medizin, Weidmann & Co., Leipzig.).
THE treatment of cancer is pitiful. The textbooks recommend to the doctor that Cancer cases, and cases suspected of Cancer, should immediately be sent to the surgeon, and practically no useful information is given as regards the medicinal and dietetic treatment of the sufferers. At wearisome length and in pseudo- scientific language, Cancer is described, ad nauseum, from every point of view.
The result is that the doctor can talk eloquently about the microscopic, chemical, and other aspects of the disease, but has no useful advice to offer, for under the heading “treatment” the textbooks usually state that diet has no effect upon Cancer, and that the patient should eat and drink as much as he likes, and not infrequently we are told that the Cancer patient should eat well “to keep up his strength”.
Unspeakable relief can be given to the cancerous merely by putting them on a strict vegetarian diet with an abundance of raw fruit and salads, and by regulating their bowels with Liquid Paraffin. Not only flesh, fish and fowl should be eliminated from their diet but also spices and condiments, alcohol, strong tea and other irritants. The advantage of this diet has been proved in thousands of cases.
A vast amount has been written on Cancer, but the majority of the publications are absolutely worthless. The researcher studies, or pretends to study, the disease with microscope and test-tube. He does not look at the Cancer problem with his eyes and with his commonsense. Besides, the researcher is particularly interested in animal experiments which prove nothing.
The problem does not consist in creating a spurious kind of Cancer upon unfortunate laboratory animals, but in curing Cancer in men. An enormous amount of literature on Cancer research is based on laboratory experiments and cruel and worthless experiments, on animals and patients with poisonous substance, such as lead injections.
Dr. Alfred Neumann has written a book intended for medical practitioners. It is a large-size volume of 354 pages. It is a work compiled with great industry, but unfortunately it is principally a collection of opinions, not a simple guide for the busy practitioner. The author quotes more than 600 authorities and enumerates over 600 medicines.
He mentions homoeopathic as well as allopathic medicines, and enumerates the various diets which have been prescribed or recommended by a great number of writers, etc. It is an interesting survey, particularly to the student who wishes to obtain a view of the treatment given or recommended by a large number of medical men. The writer has produced a book which will be, undoubtedly, of interest to many serious students.