THE LIVERPOOL LECTURE :* GERM CELLS AND
THE CANCER PROBLEM.
LAST evening Dr. John Beard, University Lecturer on Comparative Embryology, Edinburgh, delivered an address at the Liverpool University Anatomical Society upon “Germ-Cells in Relation to Malignant Disease.” In the opening statements reference was made to the supposed cancer parasite, and the curative serum recently brought forward by Doyen, of Paris; to the secret treatment now being used by Professor Opitz, of Marburg ; and to the recently issued pessimistic report of the American Cancer Commission. There was, of course, remarked the speaker, no cancer parasite; but did such a thing exist, the Parisian one could not be the real article, for a well-known pathologist was about to publish an account of what he (the pathologist) held to be the only true cancer parasite. Thus one advocate of the parasitic theory refuted another, and the American Cancer Commission denied, with the great majority of pathologists, the existence of any cancer parasite. In the telegraphic summary of the American report there were only three statements not open to challenge. These were that the best remedy was early operation, that cancer was not due to any parasite, but that it was probably connected with errors of development. Notwithstanding all that
* From the Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury, January 21, 1905.