180 THE ENZYME TREATMENT OF CANCER
When Captain Lambelle first sent me the three original photographs of his case, he remarked that the outcome was just as in the Naples case.’’ The Naples case was described briefly by me in the Medical Record for January 5, 1907 (see Appendix D). Here, in a case of inoperable epithelioma (skin cancer) of the tongue, the remains of the tumour finally shelled out “ like the kernel of a nut.” Referring, finally, to my abortive experiments,* which from circumstances beyond my control were never completed, in the preliminary report it was written that “ it appeared probable to us that at the time we killed it, its ‘cure ‘ (i.e., that of the “trypsin” mouse) from cancer was not far distant, and the microscopical examination confirmed this opinion. Even without further treatment the tumour would in all probability have been absorbed shortly, or its remains cast out.” What was here foretold happened in fact in an epithelioma in Naples and in a sarcoma in York. It is on positive results such as these that the edifice of science is built up; not upon negative finds, such as those recorded without the scientific evidences by Dr. Bainbridge.
As to the “ thorough scientific test “ of which the author writes on p. 3, I demur to this, just as I question the accuracy of the statement on p. 5, that “ at all times during the trial of the enzyme treatment I (Dr. Bainbridge) have been in close touch with Dr. Beard.”** Since I first met Dr. Bainbridge, in September, 1906, with the single exception of Case 7, I have been entirely
* Beard, j. “The Action of Trypsin upon the Living Cells of Jensen’s Mouse-Tumour,” in British Medical Journal, January 20, 1906.
** Compare also the Lancet (October 9, 1909, p. 1079) “We would point out, as a proof of the straightforward character of the inquiry, that throughout touch seems to have been kept with Dr. Beard.” In the sense understood by the Lancet this is incorrect.