Read before the International Homoeopathic Congress, London, July, 1927.
The Cancer Problem. Deductions Based on Clinical Experience.
REference to the Late Dr. Robert T. Coopers Work,. With His Portrait on Screen.
How the writer convinced himself of the truth of his fathers findings.
Cases described which he himself had treated and which convinced him. The following flowers thrown on the screen by means of the Episcope, being paintings by Dr. Le Hunte Cooper, Belladonna, Orn.umb., Lobelia, Scroph. nod., Ruta, Symphytum officianal and Mentha pulegium, with details of cases cured by them, illustrated by lantern slides.
Deductions from twenty-four years clinical work: That cancer is a constitutional disease, not a local one. That it must be treated constitutionally fist, mainly, and all the time.
That if treated in this way it frequently happens that the tumor is absorbed. That if this is not brought about, and operation is eventually needed, it can be performed with far less danger of metastasis if this has been carried out thoroughly.
That the more rapidly growing a tumor is the greater the danger of operation, the danger being in direct ratio to the rapidity of the growth.
That the nature of cancer, as it is ordinarily met with, cannot be judged by local malignancy set up, in an otherwise absolutely healthy individual, by local irritation, as occurs after long exposure to X-rays.
The hands of a victim of X-ray epithelioma thrown on the screen and described. It being shown that the cancer thus produced is a purely local condition, with no tendency to recur at the site of removal and in which the glands, when they were removed were not found affected, and the deeper structures, such as the tendons and bones were not involved. Additionally, he lays the greatest stress on the point that all through the course of the illness the patient has continued in vigorous and perfect health.
From this Dr. Le Hunte Cooper deduces that there are two forms of carcinoma, the ordinary one being due to a constitutional blood conditions probably of microbic character, which he calls “Specific Carcinoma,” and the other “Local Carcinoma.” That the latter may be removal with impunity and with no danger to the system, whereas removal in the former case dams back something on the system which is inimical to health.
Deduction from this, the tumor is not the disease, but an expression of some biological or chemical action which is producing substances antagonistic to the disease, and that by its removal, when in an active state, danger to life is increased.
He regards metastasis, on this basis, as due to separate independent foci, having no parentage in the original growth.
He describes a new method of removal of neoplasmic material by rays, with hitherto not a single failure to remove all abnormal tissue, both carcinomatous and sarcomatous.
Warning that this is not more a cure than the knife, and should not be undertaken until the disease has been got under control constitutionally.
Anti-bacterial therapy discussed.
Finally, we have three weapons of attack:.
1. Homoeopathy as ordinarily understood.
2. Anti-bacterial therapy, which is only Homoeopathy is another guise.
3. Rays on this new principle which, seeing that they can produce epitheliomatous proliferation, is homoeopathy again.
With these the nightmare of cancer should be removed from the world for all time.
Paper described by president of the congress ad “epoch-making”.