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malignant disease. In the first instance, always provided that scientifically prepared and pure ferment preparations were used, there would be no obvious reactions, no rigors, and no rises of temperature. At most there would be increase in weight, due to increased and improved metabolism, and a sense of well-being on the part of the “patient.” But, again, what enormous differences occur when the patient is suffering from cancer ! Reactions. obvious ones, may then be looked for with certainty, and these alone would, in my opinion, be a sufficient diagnosis of cancer, if such complications as tuberculosis could be excluded. Let it be repeated, and with emphasis, that small and weak doses of injections are useless. Even as I write these lines there comes a report of violent reactions from even the injection of five drops of strong trypsin* in a case where large masses of cancer were present. The small, almost insignificant, amount of trypsin in use here was attempting a task beyond its powers—to wit, the complete breaking up of the cancer-substance it had attacked. With a much larger dose, given along with an equal amount of strong genuine amylopsin, there would be present sufficient of each of the ferments—trypsin and amylopsin—to break up the portions of cancer attacked completely into simple harmless products, and such violent effects would not, in my opinion, be encountered.
I have always maintained that, were I treating cases, my own treatment would commence with the injection of, say, 1,000 units of trypsin and 2,000 units of amylopsin,
* An interesting commentary upon Bainbridge’s statement in his report (p. 7): “From this it will be seen how absurd were some of the earlier claims of “cures,” as well as the strange symptoms and ‘ terrific” results from the small doses employed.” In this case, in Chicago, one of the strong Fairchild injections employed by Bainbridge was in use on August 12, 1911.