8 THE ENZYME TREATMENT OF CANCER
announced, Captain Lambelle entered my little room in full uniform, and, saluting, introduced himself, we have been close friends, He worked for himself over much of my material—a collection also, like the Scots Greys, “Second to None !“—and he read all my published papers, which, unlike some scientific people, he thoroughly understood and appreciated; in fact, he evinced the deepest interest in all the problems and their solutions which had occupied my leisure hours during many years. At that time I happened to be, nolens volens, in the thick of the cancer-business, and he often expressed his regrets that the nature of his work, with young healthy soldiers, gave him no chances of looking into cancer-matters practically for himself. Subsequently, his appointment as operating surgeon of the Military Hospital, York—the hospital of the Northern Command—placed, one after the other, four cases of cancer in his way, and of these he cured three, the fourth dying from haemorrhage as the treated dead sloughing tumour came away. One of these cases is fully recorded in this book. The other two successful cases are not laid stress upon by him, simply because, although the clinical diagnoses of cancer were ample, the microscopical evidences, upon which scientifically I personally lay no stress at all, were lacking.* In order to satisfy the surgeons who have set up this arbitrary standard of the microscopical appearances of cancer as a criterion—often a very deceptive one—the requisite slides of sections of the tumour have to be produced as completing the surgical diagnosis.
In his last letter to me before sailing for India, Captain Lambelle stated that the total number of injections given in his latest case was 120. Apparently, from the charts, the ferments exhibited from March to July, 1909, did not
* Compare Professor Richardson’s opinion as cited on p. 4.