Cancer and Sarcoma: A Series of Experiments Comprising Seven Years of Research Work, Made for the Purpose of Determining the Origin and Cause of Cancer and Sarcoma, Their Methods of Propagation and Means of Prevention by H D Walker

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Excerpt from Cancer and Sarcoma: A Series of Experiments Comprising Seven Years of Research Work, Made for the Purpose of Determining the Origin and Cause of Cancer and Sarcoma, Their Methods of Propagation and Means of Prevention

We find also that during this time of twenty-two and one-half years, the population and their manner of living continued about the same. The people in each of the suburbs lived on the products of their farms and gardens. The land in Kalau and the main town, was very low, level and damp, while that of Sando was high, dry and sandy. There was a ditch, containing foul stagnant water, which passed closely around a portion of the central town and through the whole of Kalau; all the gardens of which were watered from this ditch, the water of which was used also to wash their garden vegetables. Behla believed that cancer followed this ditch and that the water used from it to wash the vegetables, infected them and many of these which were eaten uncooked, thereby transmitted the germs of cancer to the people who used them.

This observation certainly furnishes very strong proof of the parasitic origin of cancer, but it gives no positive evidence that water was the medium through which it was conveyed. Again, in the Cancer Number of the Practitioner for April, 1899, we find two articles, which seem to be especially important for our purpose. One of them is entitled "The Medical Geography of Cancer in England and Wales," by Alfred Haviland; the other "The Local Distribution of Cancer and Cancer Houses," by D'Arcy Powers, F. R. C. S. On reading these over I find it stated that cancer is far more prevalent along rivers, low grounds, and marshy places, than on high dry ground and mountain ranges. If this is a fact, as the investigations of these observers seem to prove, then, it is evident, that the Original Host, if there is one, would be found in greater abundance in such places, and also it must be world-wide, or nearly so in extent, for we know that cancer is common in many different parts of the world.

In view of the absolute failure of all efforts heretofore made to discover the origin and cause of malignant disease, it seemed to me some new method of procedure must be adopted. I therefore determined to take a general survey of the Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms, for the purpose of finding out what animal or plant, found on low moist ground, would be most likely to serve as an Original Host for the supposed parasites. On carefully reviewing the Vegetable Kingdom, I could find nothing which fulfilled these conditions and seemed likely to serve as their Original Host. On looking over the lower forms of animal life, I was strongly impressed with the idea that the earthworm might be the Host.

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