De Dominis, Harvey, Buff on, Morton, Simpson, Semmelweis, Lister, and Pasteur, etc.—have been due, not so much to religious motives and the odium theologicum, as to the innate constitution of human nature and its intolerance of the new and the strange, even though this be calculated to be of surpassing benefit to humanity.
As to the particular instance dealt with in this book, I have nothing at all to retract—even at the stake— concerning my scientific conclusions as to the origin, nature, and rational treatment of the natural phenomenon known as cancer or malignant disease. The words of Galileo, Eppur si muove, were a definite enough statement of his position. Pasteur told his opponents that he lived in a realm of which they knew nothing and into which they had no entry. These words of his also I adopt. Cancer is a natural phenomenon, germinal in origin and asexual (trophoblastic) in nature, and it is one which, by the laws of Nature, must yield to the magic influences of the all-powerful ferments, trypsin and amylopsin. Of these, trypsin has been described—rightly
—by a scientific man, Dr. Emil Westergaard, as far” more powerful than dynamite.”
Those who think differently, or think they think differently, or who don’t think at all, and who without adducing any but negative finds without value in science, persist in denying the scientific evidences in utter disregard of truth itself, are endeavouring, possibly without even knowing it, to render all scientific research nugatory, all scientific progress an impossibility. The logical sequel to all such futile and vain opposition to scientific truth and progress would be, not the creation and lavish endowment of institutes for cancer research, but the foundation of societies for the prevention of cruelty to cancer.
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