By Dr. E.L. COMPSTON, Manchester.
WHEN I found my paper put under the Cancer Section of the Congress I was not sorry; for, although it was prepared with the idea of dealing with tumours generally, I was glad of the opportunity of stressing cancer on account of its vast importance.
Amongst diseases cancer is supreme as the cause of suffering, despair, and poignant grief. Its very name strikes terror into most people, and no wonder, for is there not writ, in popular thought, over the portal, ” All hope abandon ye who enter here.”
Almost every day one is pathetically asked, “Is there no cure for cancer?” And apart from dread of suffering and death, there is the dread of the surgeon’s knife-a great reality in the lives of many. No wonder cancerphobia prevails.
I work alone. I have not the advantages of collaboration. I am up against problems. I say the above in excuse for the amount of “ego” there is in this paper. I trust I may use it without being regarded as an egotist.
The light that, by the help of God, I have received from others, together with that which has been given to me, I pass on to you, humbly hoping it may help to light your path also.
I feel the necessity of saying the above, as I shall have to make statements of experience without trying to prove them-there is no time. I shall make classifications which may not be the best, and which I myself shall probably improve upon. But they help in the solution of my problem-the curing of tumours, malignant and other.
I shall have to omit lists of medicines and state cases without going into much detail, all with the object of keeping to the subject matter of my title.
My attention was first drawn to the treatment of tumours by medicines by the late Dr. Robert Cooper, of London. By his kind co-operation I learned what wonderful things can be done by the right medicines suitably used. One was a case of epithelioma of the throat, where the patient was dying of starvation, being unable to swallow anything on account of a large mass obstructing the gullet. I saw it entirely disappear in the space of about six weeks, following the use of a single dose of a medicine given on the arborivital method. I owe to Dr. Cooper’s great kindness my first practical knowledge of the treatment of tumours, malignant and other, by medicines, given chiefly on the arborivital principle.
Latter I had the privilege, through the great kindness of Dr. Nebel, of Lausanne, of studying the subject of malignant diseases with him. He also was getting very remarkable results from medicines and special preparations of his own.
Still more recently, whilst in America, I learned from Dr. Eli G. Jones verbally, and from his work on Cancer, the excellent results he had obtained, which I have confirmed in my own practice.
Then there are the teachings of Dr. Compton Burnett, Dr. J.H. Clarke, Dr. Burford, and others, of what can be done by medicines in the treatment of tumours.
Combining all I learned from others with my own experience, I have come to look upon the treatment of tumours, even malignant, provided they are taken early enough, as a very hopeful proceeding. In confirmation of this I may say that the last dozen or so cases of breast tumour in females from 46 to 60 years of age, all condemned for operation, have disappeared in from three to twelve months under the use of medicines. Some of the cases had thickening towards the axilla, and even swellings in it, but I consider such cases getting near the border line of possible cure. The following represents the outcome of my experience.
I believe that every cure wrought by medicine is homoeopathic in its nature, on whatever basis medicine, or medicines, may be selected. All through the universe results are only obtained where there are affinities, and the only real affinity in medicine is similarity between disease and the remedies acting upon it. Similarity may include much more being taken into account than that which is obtained by the pure proving of drugs upon healthy persons, and this is markedly the case in tumours. I refer to the relationship between disease and medicines which is shown by such factors as aetiology, constitutional and other influences which are as yet only known by experience. Hence remedies, even when chosen, say upon an eclectic basis, if results are favourable are, I believe, homoeopathic in action.