By DR. EMIL SCHLEGEL, Lindau- Reutin.
RECURRENT TUMOUR OF PALATE.
ON March 5th, 1932, Miss J. H., a girl of 13, was brought to me. She suffered from a tumour on the palate, for which she had been operated three times, but the tumour had always returned. It had first been noticed a year previously. When she came to me it was as large as a pea, and was adherent to the hard palate on the right-hand side. It was soft, yielding, with a broad base.
The tonsils were somewhat large, and there was catarrh. Guided by the symptoms, I prescribed Natrum nitricum 4x and Chelidonium 4x. by the end of March, the tumour had shrunk so much that it was no longer to be found. The girl then received Baryta 12x for a week. On May 4th everything seemed normal, but on May 13th she returned because the tumour had begun to grow once more. I gave her Thuja 30, and four weeks after Lycopodium 30. Nine months have elapsed without a return of the trouble.
Sometimes these small growths become malignant, developing into sarcoma. Only internal treatment can thoroughly cure that condition. The combination of Natrum nitricum and chelidonium was introduced by Rademacher a century ago. It frequently is effective in influenza. Both remedies have many symptoms relating to mouth and palate.
CANCER OF THE THROAT.
Being particularly interested in the treatment of cancer, I would describe a few cases of cancer. Seven years ago an old friend of mine came to me complaining that he had become somewhat hoarse, that he found some difficulty in breathing and he asked me to help him. He had occasionally felt some pain in the larynx, was a great smoker, but refused to give in the beloved tobacco.
I treated him according to his symptoms with Nux vomica, Hepar sulphuris, Argentum metallicum, Nitricum acidum and Carbo vegetabilis, which improved his condition, and on my advice he reduced his smoking. His voice improved and so did his breathing. One of his relatives induced him to consult a specialist, and he went to Professor A. for an examination. The consultant discovered that my friend had a tumour on the vocal cord, and told him that it ought to be operated upon immediately.
The operation was performed and as soon as it was done the surgeon telephoned me and told me that Mr. D. was suffering from cancer which had been found in the excised portion of the tumour, but unfortunately it was not possible to cut out the whole of the growth. Cancer cells had been found by microscopic examination. Of course I was grateful for the information and continued medicinal treatment of my friend, using at first Causticum, which was indicated by the symptoms, and giving then Thuja and other remedies. The patient had every confidence in me and refused further operations. He recovered completely and is now in his eighty-first year.
ANOTHER CASE OF THROAT CANCER.
Three year ago I was consulted by an official of the Law Courts,, who had undergone a considerable number of operations, and who was in a very pitiful condition. He had been operated upon, had been cauterized etc., and at last he had been told that surgery could do nothing further for him. He was sixty-one years old, and suffered greatly from his apparently incurable disease.
When he came to me there was a ring-shaped abscess in his larynx and his general health was very unfavourable. As my experience had taught me that cancer of the larynx has a relatively benign character, and as that disease does well under homoeopathic treatment, I encouraged the patient. As long as twenty years ago I had had a similar case. An architect had the identical trouble, which resulted in a cure. Within a year he had so much that he began to feel cheerful. His general health had distinctly improved, and he wrote his reports himself, a thing he was unable to do when I took him in hand.
He then visited me, and I found that he had completely changed. His throat had become normal, he could breath easily, and could speak clearly. I treated him with remedies similar to those employed in the previous case. In addition I gave him Stannum, Allium cepa, Euphrasia, etc., according to the symptoms.
I do not care to describe further cancer cures of mine, but would add some remarks about the treatment of this disease. Doctors who wish to treat cancer medicinally must have courage, confidence, knowledge and luck. If they possess these, homoeopathic treatment of cancer is superior to surgical treatment. Surgeons sometimes succeed with cancer and sometimes fail.
However, it rarely happens that the homoeopath cannot do anything in a cancer case. He can always relieve, but he may experience disappointments. The surgeon is in a similar position. He may find that an apparently successful operation is followed by a recurrence and death.
For our treatment we have some promising remedies which have hitherto been neglected, such as Cadmium sulphuricum, with which I have effected some cures. Dr. Grimmer has described some of his cancer cures with Cadmium sulphuricum in the American homoeopathic journals, such as the Recorder. The remedy can be given in high potency, medium potency, or low potency with good results, provided it is indicated not only by the local symptoms, but also by the broad constitutional symptoms. It has been stated that Sulphur should not be given to the cancerous.
However, I have found that it is very valuable to cause a reaction, but one must not give it steadily. It is good as an intercurrent, used occasionally, if called for by the symptoms, and one must change that medicine for Belladonna, Nux vomica, Arsenic or whatever is indicated. Another great remedy for cancer is Phosphorus. Apis, Arnica, and in fact any homoeopathic drug may be called for by the symptoms. At present I am treating a case of cancer of the mouth in which Argentum nitricum 6 produced immediate improvement.
Then symptoms appeared which called for Baptisia, particularly difficulties in swallowing indicated that remedy, and then Phytolacca was called for by redness and swelling of tonsils. Of course it is too early to say anything definite about the treatment of this case.
Possibly cancer may be favourably affected by the medicines of Dr. Bach, who endeavours to act upon the inmost indications of the constitution and character of the patient. I have read his recent article with the deepest interest and great hopefulness. England had done great things for the medicinal treatment of cancer by pioneers of homoeopathy, such as Robert Cooper, Compton Burnett, Patterson, Burford, John H. Clarke, Le Hunte Cooper, and others, whose successes are far too little known.