Dr. BURFORD said he desired to draw special attention to Dr. Schlegel’s book. Personally he was acquainted with every book which had been written on cancer from the standpoint of homoeopathy and also from the other school’s point of view, but he knew of no book, or of any combination of books, dealing with the actual practical facts of cancer and how to combat it, which would bear any comparison with Dr. Schlegel’s which was the finest work he had come across. It was most informing; it was full of details of actually cured cases; the diagnoses were set forth in it, and it contained the most complete information. The only objection he had to it was that all the cases mentioned in it and been, without exception, cured. All the cases-good, bad and doubtful-which one came across in private and general practice had their counterpart in Dr. Schlegel’s book. Personally he would make it his duty, when the Congress was over, to find some wealthy philanthropist to do for Dr. Schlegel’s book what Mr. Stuart had done for Dr. Haehl’s book.
It was well to be clear about one matter from the pathologist’s point of view, namely, that from the time the cancer infection began, the human body was doing its best to get rid of it. The reason why the human body was doing its best handicapped in getting rid of it was that the cancer parasite was a very active one indeed, and had got there first. During the whole time that cancer existed in the body the recuperative powers of Nature were doing all that could be done-which was something very considerable-to oust it. That was why cancer had such a prolonged pathology. Every now and then the parasitic influences and the recuperative powers got the upper hand alternately. He was not given at all to favour vivisectional experiments. Millions of them led nowhere, but some which had been done lately in Russel Square are interesting.
If one took an animal and infected it, in the course of 12 weeks the cancer cells would appear with unfailing regularity. At the end of the sixth week, if a re-inoculation in another part of the same animal was carried out, and the original cancer growth which appeared at three months from the first inoculation was removed, everybody waited for the second six weeks for the appearance of the pathological growth to follow the second inoculation as due from six weeks time after the operation which had removed the first growth. The second pathological development never occured. It always occurs the first time. There was evidently sufficient recuperative influence excited by the growth of the first tumour to keep the second inoculation under control. The inference drawn was that there was, pair passu with the growth of the first cancer inoculation, sufficient fighting influence developed not to cure it, but to prevent the development of the second. With regard to diet, two years ago he had asked the most distinguished apostle of cancer dietary in this cancer dietary in this country to visit the London Homoeopathic Hospital to state what he was doing. Dr. Bell had accepted the invitation, and Dr. Wynne Thomas had said to him, “You say your treatment for cancer is that of diet. What kind of diet?” “A defined vegetarian dietary. “What percentage of the cases which come to you in the ordinary ways without selection do you expect to cure by diet alone?” “80 per cent.” Some years before the B.M.A. sent experts to examine Dr. Bell’s cancer note-books, and those experts, toiling day and night, were not able to find any satisfactory evidence controverting the assertions which Dr. Bell had made. In the hands of an expert most wonderful results could be achieved by dietary. With regard to the desirability of getting rid of sepsis, Dr. Burford urged that if there was any septic condition in the patient it should be got rid of at once. One of his most brilliant cases had been that of an old gentleman who had not made any progress for six weeks, and then he insisted on the man having his teeth out. For eighteen months after that the progress had been continuous, and now the man walked about the countryside a living witness to the value of homoeopathy. The system ought to have all its recuperative powers concentrated on resistance to the malignant element.