I know a lady who in 1868 was abroad and suffering from fistula, and the local family doctor ordered her home to London to be operated on for her fistula, he having previously tried diverse local applications in vain. She came home to London, was operated on, and cured-that is to say, the fistula with a good deal of trouble was got to heal up. After that the os uteri became gravely ulcerated, and the patient spent nearly two years for the most part lying on her back, and manipulations and operations.
At length the ulcerations in the region of the os were made to heal. Then came leucorrhoea without ulceration, and of a most distressing kind ; a very dapper gynecologist occupied several years in stemming this discharging tide, and when the unfortunate lady had been fairly rid of the leucorrhoea by injections so long and so strong, she found herself used surgically and completely of -1st., fistula in ano ; secondly, of ulceration of the os uteri ; and 3rdly, and lastly, of this severe leucorrhoea.
And them ? health ? Not at all, but a hard tumour in the region of bowel and womb, which has rendered her state simply awful ; for apart from the ultimate significance of the tumour per se, the exit of the bowel being almost obliterated, the going to stool can only be characterized as awful, so distressing, so tedious, and so painful is it.
Now, what is the meaning of all this ? Just this : the lady was ill in herself and her organism tried to rid itself of some of (at least) the product of her ill-being ; to this end it constructed a fistula in an out-of-the-way district of the economy, through which it might drain off matter inimical to itself : the surgeons, in forcibly healing the fistula practically stopped the outlet pipe.
Then the same process was repeated in regard to the said ulceration, and again with the surface outlet, which we call leucorrhoea ; and finally, finding all direct outlets effectually blocked by the doctors, NATURE was fairly compelled to deposit within the organism the before- mentioned inimical matter in the form of a tumour, and at the next nearest point to the seat of the fistula, ulcers, and leucorrhoea respectively. CONTROVERT THIS, YE MEN OF THE KNIFE, IF YOU CAN.