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publish “test cases,” apart from other conditions of a scientific test, he must be prepared to produce scientific evidences that the preparations he employed were what they pretended to be. As I have no preparations upon the market, the onus is upon him, and it will not suffice as a scientific test of any value at all if he produce, as Messrs. Ball and Thomas did, mere elementary qualitative evidences that “in each instance the solutions were found to be potent” (Reports of the Middlesex Hospital, 1907, No. 6, p. 19).
7. Again, a South American physician once informed the writer that in South America all sorts of things had been offered for sale and used under the name of “trypsin,” some of them possibly with the writer’s name attached to them, as did indeed happen, without his consent or knowledge, in Italy. I do not suppose that matters were on the whole much better in the Old World. Among other happenings a preparation was advertised as “a proteolytic and amylolytic ferment “—that is to say, as a ferment possessing both proteolytic and amylolytic powers.
8. It has been pointed out recently to the writer by a medical friend, that in every disease there is a period beyond which success in treatment cannot be hoped for or expected, and the like is true of cancer. It is, therefore, in the highest interests of the patient that, for example, there should be no delay for futile operations. During such times the mischief is progressing, possibly slowly but surely, and the above period is getting nearer and nearer. When the pancreatic enzymes, trypsin and amylopsin, will act upon so-called “ normal tissues
(Bainbridge and Blumenthal), this period has been reached or passed. Though for the sake of humanity the treatment may be given in such cases, it is not, scientifically regarded, intended for these cases. As