"It is better not to apply any treatment in cases of occult cancer; for if treated (bysurgery), the patients die quickly; but if not treated, they hold out for a long time."-
Hippocrates, (460-370 BC)
"It is part of the cure to wish to be cured." -
Seneca (4 BC to 65 AD)
(Advanced cancer is)" irritated by treatment; and the more so the more vigorousit is."
"Some have used caustic medicaments, some the cautery, some excision with ascalpel; but no medicament has ever given relief; the parts cauterized are excitedimmediately to an increase until they cause death."
"After excision, even when a scar has formed, nonetheless the disease hasreturned, and caused death; while ...the majority of patients, although no violentmeasures are applied in the attempt to remove the tumor, but only mildapplications in order to sooth it, attain a ripe old age in spite of it." -
Celsus, (1stcentury AD)
"When (a tumor) is of long standing and large, you should leave it alone. Formyself have never been able to cure any such, nor have I seen anyone elsesucceed before me."
Abu’l Qasim, (936
- 1013 AD)
"It should be forbidden and severely punished to remove cancer by cutting,burning, cautery, and other fiendish tortures. It is from nature that the diseasecomes, and from nature comes the cure, not from physicians." -
"Smoke.. makes a kitchen also oftentimes in the inward parts of men, soiling andinfecting them, with an unctuous and oily kinde of Soote as hath been found insome great Tobacco takers, that after their death were opened." -
"Sugar...ingrendreth...cachexias...rotteth the teeth, making them look blacke...and therefore let young people especially beware..." -
James Hurt, Doctor, TheFamily Companion, 1633 AD