2. THE CANCER PROBLEM: SOME DEDUCTIONS BASED ON CLINICAL EXPERIENCE


Homeopathy proved that a rapidly advancing Cancer or tumor mass could be changed into an equally rapidly receding one by the exhibition of an internal remedy, at the same time greatly prolonging life, removing all pain, and changing the patient’s despair into happiness and renewed hope….


By Dr. R.M. LE HUNTE COOPER, LONDON.

MR. PRESIDENT AND GENTLEMEN:- At this great and representative gathering, composed as it is of men of such wide experience, it is with a not unnatural feeling of diffidence that I approach my present task, but I rest the excuse for my temerity on the fact that the matter is of such vital importance to humanity that any ray of light, however feeble, may help towards the ultimate attainment of our great aim, “the final subjugation of this enemy to the health and peace of mind of our present-day world.”

Another excuse I have for this present paper is that Cancer research in the past has mainly taken the form of laboratory investigations of a physiological, biological, histological, and chemical nature, to the almost entire exclusion of the clinical side. I do not for a moment wish it to be inferred that I regard these researches as valueless, very far from it, but the results so far obtained clearly prove that the knowledge thus acquired is not at all commensurate with the time, energy and money expended on them.

The reasons for the neglect of the clinical side are fairly obvious. In the first place, the Old School view of the profession at large which credits remedies with a purely physiological and chemical action, while overlooking their far more important curative properties, has produced an astigmatic view of their potentialities in controlling disease. This has been still more intensified where “tumour formation” is concerned, and has led to the conviction that anything in this form can only be dealt with by the knife. The apparent sequence of events in malignant disease, as crudely judged by the eye, of an initial tumour, associated with cachexia and followed by metastasis, has led to the assumption that this first seen growth is the sole origin of all the trouble, with the very natural determination to get rid of it without delay, owing to its being the one great source of danger.

Belief in the true curative powder of remedies being nil, resort to operation has been the natural consequence, and as time has gone on, increasing stress has been laid upon the early use of this as vital. There has therefore been little opportunity, or inclination, for treating the condition medicinally, except in hopelessly advanced cases.

In order to explain how I have arrived at my present outlook upon the great problem, it will be necessary to touch upon the great problem, it will be necessary to touch upon past history.

Some of you, no doubt, are aware that for some years prior to his death in 1903 my father, Dr. Robert T. Cooper, had studied the question of the treatment of Malignant Disease from the homoeopathic and clinical side, and had obtained very encouraging and remarkable results, mainly from the exhibition of plant remedies administered in unit doses at intervals varying from a few days to several weeks.

At this death I essayed the task of following on where he left off. Having convinced myself that his findings were indisputable facts, and not figments of the imagination, as some professed to regard them, it became obvious to me that, if their value was not to be lost, the great need, for the benefit of those who were to follow, was to put them on some form of working basis. The matter was one of considerable difficulty, a nd the results I have achieved have fallen far short of my hopes, but I have endeavoured to keep this goal before me in any work I have subsequently undertaken.

I soon found that I would have to work entirely by myself, and had therefore to forgo the pleasure of collaborating with others, except in so far as an interchange of ideas at meetings was concerned. It will no doubt seem strange to you nowadays that anyone could doubt that remedies given in unit doses at long intervals could act curatively, but in the “Dark Ages” of 1903, when I commenced private practice in London, there was a very great deal of scepticism on the matter, and I have been told that the feeling was so strong that my father was actually hissed at a meeting of a certain Homoeopathic society for suggesting such a thing. I have personally never taken anything for granted, and though I had convinced myself of the truth of homoeopathic action by personal experience, with light on its modus operandi unwittingly shed by that avowed allopath, Sir Almroth Wright, when he lectured on vaccines at Netley, I had yet to prove to my own satisfaction (1) that any unit dose could act curatively on the system. (2) that it could act in the crude dose of the and (3) that above all it could act beneficially on aggregations of neoplasmic material in the system.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica