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with only those substances that attract and have an opposite isomeric form.” Confining one’s attention to cancer, the cancer-ferment malignin acts upon and pulls down the laevo-albumins of the living human body. As I have stated with von Leyden,* Blumenthal,** and Bergell,*** and more recently this was confirmed by Neuberg and Ascher, the action of trypsin on the living albumin of cancer is specific. Quoting further from Dr. Cleaves, “the only possible explanation of the effect of trypsin on pathological conditions capable of giving a tryptic reaction must be that certain proteid molecules—e.g., in cancerous conditions—are capable of being attacked by trypsin, because of their special configuration.” In other words, the conclusion (foreseen by Dr. Cleaves also) may be drawn, that the albumin or albumins of cancer are dextro-rotatory. All this has been denied, without evidences beyond bald assertion, by various “authorities,” official researchers and medical journalists. As the 1aevo-albumins of the healthy living human body are not acted upon by trypsin, whereas the albumins of a living cancer are, it follows, as day succeeds night, that the latter must be dextro-albumins. No amount of contradiction in official reports, or in medical newspapers, can ever alter the truth of this fact, for “ all enzymes are capable of entering into chemical action with only those substances which attract and have the opposite isomeric form.”
Much has been written about glycogen in tumours.
* Leyden, E. von, and Bergell, P. :“ Ueber die Therapeutische Anwendung von Pancreatin in Carcinoma,” Zeitschr. f. klin. Med., 1907, vol. lxi., pp. 360-365.
** Blumenthal, F.:” Die Chemische Abartung der Zellen beim Krebs.” Zeitschr. f. Krebsforschung, 1907, vol. v., pp. 182-189 Die Chemische Vorgănge bei der Krebskrankheit,” Ergbn. d. Exper. Path. is. Therap., 1907, vol. i., pp. 65-104.
*** Bergell, P. : “Zur Chemie der Krebsgeschwulste,” Zeitschr. f. Krebsforschung, 1907, vol. v., pp. 204-208.