BY C.E. IREDELL.
A REVIEW BY DR. GEORGE BURFORD.
IMPELLED by the ruthless march of the Cancer plague, with its annual acceleration rate, a host of independent workers, each developing his own inspiration, is seeking if happily he may find the sovereign remedy for the scourge of malignancy. But for these courageous and indomitable workers, the world would have but little hope of salvation from the pest of Cancer: for the great nostrums of the time, whether Surgery, Radium, Endocrines, or X rays, leave the besom of destruction working at a mortality rate in Great Britain of some 50,000 per annum from this pestilence.
The hopes of some notable research workers are turned rather to flashes of genius unexpectedly lighting up the dark places of malignancy, than to the slow evolution of ordered research on orthodox lines. The whole problem, said Sir John Bland Sutton, in an inspired moment, “may yet be solved by a student in a garret with a Bunsen burner and a row of test tubes.”.
At this time there appears opportunity the apologia pro vita sua of an authority, already distinguished in the treatment of malignant and other maladies by currents and radiations, here recording his special work and experience in the control of Cancer by Colour Rays. The book is a compact series of obiter dicta relative to a close analysis of fifty cases treated by various sorts and combinations of the rays of the colour spectrum.
It is startling to look down these clinical records, and note in most the prompt lessening and not infrequent abolition of stressful clinical symptoms, the general betterment in the being and doing of the patient, and in a few alas, all too few cases, the disappearance of the growth. The summary of the experiences of the author is bold and unmistakable:-.
“Furthermore, one fact is perfectly clear, and that is, that under the influence of Colours, even when X-rays and Radium have ceased to help, the pain of a malignant lump may disappear; the tumour be reduced in size; offensive discharge dry up; and the duration of life be prolonged” (p. 62).
The technique of procedure is somewhat intricate, including, besides glass plates of various colours, a rotating mechanism not unlike in form a small static-electric machine, and with devices for make-and-break in the stream of rays directed on to the affected part.
That the colour rays should impinge only on the part affected seems not always necessary, as in a notable case of epithelioma of the jaw, where the stream of yellow rays was applied to the back with notable relief of the symptoms. During the time (approximately fourteen years) covered by the clinical observations here given, various improvements and suppuration to the simple colour scheme at first used, have been effected.
“The first experiment with Colour was made by placing a piece of violet glass against a malignant swelling in a patients neck, and holding an ordinary electric glow lamp by it for an hour. The patient experienced definite soothing effects, and the experiment was therefore repeated in other cases. It was noticed that the more intense the colours used, the more effective the application seemed to be.”.
Adjuncts to this elementary procedure were continuously devised during the years of observation. Intermittent radiation through apertures in a revolving disc; variations in colours by different colour plates on the same disc; time variations in the colour ray radiation through the disc apertures; the use of vulcanite rings for a theoretical “insulation”; the employment of electro- magnets, converting the room into a magnetic field; the estimation of the high frequency resistance of the patients body, in electrical ohms, before and after each sitting; the use of silk screens to completely surround the radiation mechanism and the patient; the addition of wireless valves; all these were made co-operant to the main factor in procedure the direct utilisation of coloured light rays.
Numerous observations were made, verified by repetition, of a character specially interesting to the Homoeopathic expert. The use of non-conducting screens is strikingly reminiscent of Dr. Bachs insulation chamber.
As regards the subjective sensations of the patient: “these are of considerable importance, and in actual practice it is a great convenience to assume that they are due to a real physical condition.”.
Concerning the local and constitutional factors in treatment: “No individual case of Cancer should be approached only from what may be described as a purely surgical point of view which, while aiming at the eradication of the tumour, is apt to over-look the general condition of the patient. This method, however, is the only one at the disposal of ordinary surgery.”.
Again: “Colour in certain cases produced effects on the body quite distinct from, and additional to, the effects of Colour on the tumour itself and such in some cases were more important than those on the actual growth.”.
Concerning the actual practical results of the Colour method of treatment: perhaps the most spectacular case cited is that of a patient with pain in the back, which proved on X-ray examination to be due to malignant invasion of the spine. The pain improved and finally entirely vanished, by the use of yellow light applied to the painful area. A second X-ray examination showed that the growth had disappeared.
The type of work is similar to that carried out by Rollier at Leysin for Tubercle. The utilisation of the influences of Nature in exciting a curative reaction of the bodily powers against pathological change is new in the sphere of malignancy, and brings additional hope to both physician and patient that the circle of controls making for the elimination of Cancer-growth is ampler than hitherto conceived.