6 THE ENZYME TREATMENT OF CANCER
surgical operation are not in blocks of certain dimensions; but assuming that surgery ever does cure even a single case of cancer—a very big assumption which, as a scientific man, I make only for the sake of argument—each case of cure would be of the nature of a single successful experiment. I do not for a moment deny that surgery does. and has done, many very wonderful things, but to assert that it ever knowingly cures a single case of cancer is a scientific absurdity.
If ten, a hundred, a thousand, or ten thousand cases of cure he required—by the surgeons, not by science— to establish the truth of the scientific foundations of the pancreatic or enzyme treatment of cancer, then from the particulars furnished in later chapters of this book, any of these numbers can be obtained, always provided, as the lawyers say, that properly and scientifically standardized and guaranteed preparations be employed and the treatment be carried out in the scientific fashion —letter and spirit—laid down here by Captain Lambelle and the writer. Since the medical profession of Great Britain has, through some of its members, been most careful to guard that the writer, who is a mere scientific man, and “not even a medical practitioner,” should treat no cases at all—cancer being a natural phenomenon, not “ an incurable disease “—more than this single demonstration cannot be asked from me. There is, sad enough to say, no dearth of cases, for in England and Wales alone annually nearly 40,000 people. some of them surgeons, die from malignant disease.
man of high standing because of the extent and nature of his investigations, doubted whether operation was ever advisable in cases of cancer, and on the evening of my Liverpool lecture of 1905 I heard a prominent surgeon declare that he would not be willing, even in the most favourable case of cancer in which he had operated, to stake a sovereign against its recurrence.