Review of Reviews,  4 (1891), 551–55.

After Two Years





Periodicals, Disease, Medical Treatment, Controversy, Medical Practitioners, Quackery, Experiment, Observation, Psychical Research, Scientific Practitioners

    Boasts that after two years the Review of Reviews is 'a magazine which, it is hardly too much to say, has come to be recognised as a necessity of civilization'. As well as having a 'circulation of well on to 200,000 copies in all parts of the English-speaking world', the 'whole review, from first to last, has been dominated by a great Ideal, and almost every page has borne witness to a living faith'. (551) Gives details of the various campaigns pursued by the Review in the last two years, including 'the effort [...] made to test the efficacy of the Mattei remedies as a cure for cancer'. Observes that it was the 'counsel of Professor Huxley' that 'defined the nature of the experiment' currently taking place in a hospital cancer ward. Also remarks on 'the extension of the range of subjects with which the review is practically concerned to the other side of the grave'. Indeed, 'If, as some of the ablest scientists of the day believe, it be possible to secure a scientific demonstration of the persistence of the personality of man after death, then it is impossible for a review such as this to exclude the phenomena which establish so tremendous a proposition from the calm, clear, and searching light of scientific observation'. (555)

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