THERE are few homoeopathic practitioners of any wide experience who have not seen tumours decease in size and disappear altogether under treatment by medicine, but there are still fewer who start out with the determination to treat with medicine every case of tumour which comes under their care. And yet, if tumours are curable by means of medicine, it is by far the most pleasant and scientific way of dealing with them. As homoeopaths have done infinitely more of this kind of work than practitioners of the other school, I think it important for every homoeopathic practitioner to put on record his experience for the help and guidance of others.
For it must be admitted that the cure of tumours by medicine is not always easy. The method of the surgeon which removes the lump is far more expeditious, and appeals with considerable force to the imagination of the majority. I am not going to attempt to draw a line between the province of the surgeon and the province of the physician in the treatment of tumours. That is a line which does not exist; or, rather, it is a line which every physician and every surgeon must draw for himself. My own part in these pages will be to show what has been done from the physician’s side, and, as far as possible, what may be done and how it may be done.
There is no one in late years who has cured more cases of tumour, cancer included, than the late Dr. Compton Burnett; but even he knew when to avail himself of the surgeon’s art, and it was as an ancillary to medicine, not as its master.
Dr. Burnett maintained that in the majority of cases of tumour, the finer symptoms available for basing a homoeopathic prescription upon were often lacking. It was necessary, therefore. There were two sources from which he obtained his tumour-curing remedies, and of these one was the class of remedies known as organ-remedies. In these remedies the similarity lies chiefly in the locality and direction or action. The other source of curative remedies he found in the nosodes,. and especially the nosodes of cancer. Burnett may be said to be almost the creator of the remedies that were especially prepared from his specimens that I have chiefly used in my work during later years.
But in addition to these remedies, a third source has been opened by the late Dr. Robert Cooper, in the remedies he named “Arborivital.” These are remedies, many of them old members of the Materia Medica, prepared from fresh specimens by himself, and administered in unit doses of the tincture. Dr. Cooper’s son, Dr Le Hunte Cooper, has continued his father’s work with conspicuous success.
Symptom-correspondence does sometimes suffice to reveal the remedies, so that we have four means at our disposal to find a remedy for any case:-
(1) Exact symptom-correspondence.
(3) Diathetic homoeopathy, including (a) nosodes, especially nosodes of cancer; (b) constitutional homoeopathic remedies; (c) specific taint remedies, like Thuja, in cases of vaccinosis.
(4) The “Arborivital” method of Cooper.
With this very wide range of selection, the homoeopathic physician is in a vastly better position for coping with cases of the kind than n is his allopathic brother. There is no excuse for him to yield the surgeon precedence in the matter, though he may be glad to avail himself of the surgeon’s help when occasion demands.
It is not within my present purpose to make any attempt to exactly differentiate between tumours of different kinds, not even between malignant and non-malignant. Nature herself has not drawn any hard-and-fast line, and for that matter neither have remedies. I shall be able to give instances of tumours, undoubtedly innocent, cured by cancer nosodes; and, on the other hand, I can give cases of undoubtedly malignant growths cured by vegetable remedies.
There was a very thoughtful paper by Mr. W. H. Clayton Greene, F.R.C.S., published in the Medical Press of May 23rd, 1906, and communicated originally to the Harveian Society, called “Simple Tumours, and their relation to Malignant Disease.” From this paper I will take the liberty of making a few quotations.
“We have been accustomed,” says Me Greene,”for a long time to divide our new growths into two classes-simple and malignant by means of a hypothetical border line, but we have not as yet been able satisfactorily to ascertain those factors which lead to the transgression of this imperceptible barrier and which institute a malignant change.
“During the last few years the limelight of experimental research has been turned upon the various forms of malignant disease, and although we have undoubtedly learned many important details with regard to their structure and method of growth, we are still in the dark as to their causation.