16 THE ENZYME TREATMENT OF CANCER
ultimately, if used in solutions of sufficient strength, liquefies them, as maintained by myself, Blumenthal, and—“ in some cases “—by Bainbridge, or it has no action upon them, as stated in 1906, and again in 1907 by official researchers. One or other of these statements must be false. The official assertion was unsupported by the production of any evidences whatever the former rests upon the independent testimony of four* different observers, situated as widely apart as London, Edinburgh, Berlin, and New York. The official statement is untrue. Already, in Nature (January 10, 1907), I called upon the executive of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund to substantiate the assertions made under their auspices, or to withdraw them. I now repeat this unsatisfied demand, merely adding that, if they wish their finds still to stand, they must complete the statements scientifically by the addition that inert trypsin** had been employed, and that the assertions challenged related to such inert trypsin, and not to trypsin in an active form.
In the later pages of this book I have explained why it comes about that in some cases trypsin may act upon
* As I recognize, while finally reading through this manuscript before sending it to press, a fifth observer of the formation of “liquid cancer “ can be cited. From the charts of Captain Lambelle’s case of sarcoma, and from his description on a subsequent page of the course of his case of lympho-sarcoma, it is clear that in what he speaks of as “sero-purulent fluid” in the one case. and “ purulent fluid “ in the other, he was really dealing with liquefied cancer.
** The General Superintendent of this cancer research himself writes as follows: It is surprising how many people are unconvinced that the scientific examination of such claims presupposes exact knowledge of the ingredients of the remedy. In the absence of this knowledge, negative conclusions could always he ascribed to error” (British Medical journal. May, 27, 1911, p. 1221). One wonders whether he knew this when the unpublished experiments with “ trypsin “ were carried out, and, if so, why he failed to act upon it.