HC Deb 09 July 1925 vol 186 cc618-9W

asked the Minister of Health whether he has seen the Report of the medical men who are Members of this House who have been investigating the Spahlinger treatment and its effects; and whether, seeing that it is so favourable to that treatment, he will take steps to ensure that it shall be made available for sufferers in this country?


I have not yet seen this Report, but I understand that the conclusion reached is that aprima facie case has been made out for the Spahlinger treatment, and that the Report recommends that an exhaustive trial of the remedy should be made. As regards the second part of the question, I may point out that I have repeatedly stated that I am anxious to arrange for a scientific investigation of this method of treatment in this country as soon as the materials are made available. I have been waiting for three years for these materials but I am still without information as to when they are likely to be forthcoming, and I understand that the Report referred to contains no assurance that the treatment is or can soon be available in this country. Some weeks ago, however, I arranged for two of the medical officers of my Department to pay a further visit to Geneva for the purpose of conferring with M. Spahlinger on this and other questions.