212 THE ENZYME TREATMENT OF CANCER
Were he asked, he would undoubtedly say: “On the contrary, since cancer is asexual generation or trophoblast, in its treatment, all questions concerning the irresponsible trophoblast do concern us.” To this I would add, to a far greater degree than the use of the knife upon a living “irresponsible trophoblast “or cancer. The critics have, by common consent, been silent all along concerning the scientific grounds of the enzyme treatment of cancer. But to the scientific man first and foremost comes the question : “ What is your attitude towards scientific general principles ?“
It is really remarkable with what persistence the identity of sarcoma and carcinoma is denied by the medical profession—almost without exception. Since the writing of this book was finished this supposed “ fact “ of the absence of identity has been affirmed from the medical side. Doubtless the writer will hear again and again the old, old fable, that sarcoma and carcinoma are very different things, and that the York case was only one of sarcoma—of a very malignant type.* In anticipation, it may be pointed out that, apart from other considerations,** the course and outcome of the York case were exactly in parallel with those of the Naples case of inoperable carcinoma (epithelioma) of the tongue, for among other things, here as there, the remains of the tumour finally shelled out “ like the kernel of a nut.” The like is true of Lambelle’s unreported case
* The charts demonstrate this abundantly. Professor Fried-rich Henke describes the “ small-celled round-celled “ sarcoma as one of the most malignant of the sarcomata (Mikroscopische Geschwulstdiagnostik, Jena, 1906. p. 107).
** As long ago as 1904, I detected under the microscope the epithelial cell “ among the tumour-cells of several slides of sarcomata, purchased from two Leipzic dealers. This find was one of the things which led me to the conclusions of the mimicry of the malignant tumours, and of the fundamental identity of carcinoma and sarcoma.