4 THE ENZYME TREATMENT OF CANCER
A surgeon, who published as a “ scientific report” an account of the failure of the enzyme treatment at his hands in a large series of (mostly very advanced) cases, remarked to the writer not long ago that a single case of success would not prove his thesis. The exact opposite of this assertion has been maintained quite recently by the Moseley Professor of Surgery in Harvard University, Boston, Dr. Maurice H. Richardson. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, February 4, 1911, in an article upon “The Operative Treatment of Cancer of the Breast” (p. 315), he writes: “And yet I am full of enthusiasm in the hope that the near future or the next method will solve the problem. One single total disappearance of undoubted breast cancer under any form of non-operative treatment will presage success, just as surely as a successful man-flight presaged aviation.” A little further on he adds : “ One varies, perhaps, in the positiveness of one’s opinion. One’s diagnosis may be an absolute conviction. I have often said—and I here repeat—that the diagnosis of cancer by gross appearance, plus the history, made by an experienced man is more worthy of credence in some cases than the microscopic examination alone.” Everything of import here named by Professor Richardson has been fulfilled to the letter. In 1908 Captain Lambelle gave the enzyme treatment, as laid down by him further on in this book, in a case of “encephaloid “* cancer of the breast. The patient was a Yorkshire lady of social position. The diagnosis was made by “ experienced men,” as well as by Lambelle himself. There was no operation and no microscopical examination. In his last letter to me, dated December 1,
* ” Encephaloid cancer,” a term used by pathologists to define soft cancer from hard cancer, or scirrhus. Encephaloid cancer is so termed because of its brain-like softness. It is described as quick-growing arid rapidly fatal (see Appendix L).