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paper, it is like laughing at your mother's funeral. Deep and lasting grief pervades the heart of every follower of Hahnemann who realizes that the gumps and mixers'' have stolen our birthright and started for the antipathic wilderness.
Who will suggest or present a plan of campaign to be opened at once, to be worked the year round, until the noble inheritance, bequeathed to a sick and dying race, is wrested from these mutineers ?
Who is to be the “Paul Revere" to sound the alarm and the “Phil Sheridan" to reorganize and lead the host on to victory?
Who will join the loyal army to give conquest for the truth and enter the campaign for the restoration of true homeopathy?
Who is to be the man to give a million or more to establish a college and hospital where TRUE HOMEOPATHY shall be taught and demonstrated, a boon to oncoming generations, without doubt the greatest need and the best solution to the main question: "How to promote and promulgate homeopathy?''
The author of this appeal and the editor of this journal have already enlisted for the war and are developing plans, and propose pushing them into immediate execution.
We do not insist upon our plans if there are better ones to be suggested. Can we hear from five hundred homeopaths within the next ten days, who desire to be arrayed upon the side of truth, offering suggestions, comment or criticism! From such a consensus of opinion the very best plans to promote homeopathy can be formulated. Dr. Hallman's paper in the August number is a good beginning.
All that has been promised in this series on the general title, “Homeo-pathy vs. Anti-pathy,” will be served up in monthly installments, without fear or favor. “Come along,” and come quick.”
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How the “Regulars” Receive Their Prophets.—Remember Lemmelweiss, the real discoverer of antisepsis. He began his work only fifty-seven years ago, nineteen years before Lister entered the field. Beneficent and true though his work was in every particular-in practice reducing the obstetrical death rate from ten to two per cent.—yet this man was persecuted by his professional colleagues to insanity and finally to a premature grave.”—Dr. R. N. Foster in The Clinique.
COMMENT, CRITICISM AND CLIPPINGS.
By A. F. Swan, M. D., Brighton, Colorado. We learn from the Medical Counselor that the state Homeopathic Society of Michigan is to start on an exhaustive campaign for new members and for a unification of all homeopaths in that state.
Why not also and likewise in Colorado!
Certainly there are several homeopaths in Colorado who are not members of the state society, and many who are members do not attend.
Wake up! Get together! Work for homeopathy, first, last and all the time. Eliminate those members who are so certain homeopathy is on its last legs, and only needs a little shove (which, by the way, they are only waiting a chance to give), to send it down the slide into the lake of oblivion. Eliminate the faculty of the Denver Homeopathic College from its absolute control of all matters in the society; meet away from Denver at least every other year. Sit down on the pretenders who pretend to be homeopaths and to use homeopathic methods when in reality they are using alkaloids, shot-gun prescriptions and the like. Be honest with yourselves, gentlemen, and be honest with your patients, and don't pretend to preach homeopathy when you are practicing everything but homeopathy. Homeopathy is a system of medicine—of therapeutics—and that only, when you use mechanics, electricity, massage and their kindred treatments, you cease to practice homeopathy. Do not then let homeopathy bear the blame for your failures, nor rob from the treatment used the credit of your cures.
American Physician, for June, has the first of a series of valuable articles on the homeopathic therapeutics of the ear, which are excellent digests; clear, concise and seemingly practical. It is well worth while for the general practictioner to have this and succeeding numbers within easy reach.
A combination prescription, copied from a homeopathic journal, as used in the practice of a homeopathic surgeon, and consisting of nux moschata, gtts v., carbo veg. 3 x, and lycopodium 12x, aa grs. V., makes interesting reading for the homeopathic readers of that journal. And this is even a little "more so," because one of the editors of this journal is an ex-professor of the late lamented and deceased Chicago Homeopathic, and which editor and ex-professor in an unpublished letter attacked us for alleging and claiming that unhomeopathic methods in the aforesaid college had been a prime cause for its unhappy disappearance and death. Another angle of the picture is that this prescription was used and is recommended in an eastern homeopathic hospital which sets up large pretensions to purity and cleanliness in matters homeopathic. And behold how these several professors and ex-professors in colleges homeopathic by virtue of tradition and the sign over the door, will arise in their several and respective mights and dignities and accuse us of treason and falsehood! But what can you expect when such homeopathic editor, not content with the homeopathy his alma was able to give him, hies him over to the Harvey Medical school, which is not a homeopathic school, and after due study and attention is graduated from therea post-graduate finishing in an allopathic college! And, thereafter, in Polk's Med. and Surg. Directory, he advertises himself as “R. & H."regular and homeopathic! If he had sons old enough-which thus far he is still too young to have, for which we humbly kotow to Fatewhere would he send them for a medical education? Sir?-American Physician.
Verily Kraft is not yet subdued by the attacks made upon him in public and otherwise, to compel him to let up. More strength to his pen hand.
What is wrong with our homeopathic colleges! The various faculties assure us there is nothing;” they are "all right." The practice of their graduates, however, and the private utterances of their professors, combined with their treatment in clinics and elsewhere, all combine to signify something wrong, and so the question still remains unanswered.
We often hear it sententiously remarked that this is a queer world. So it is, but still queerer are the people in it. Divers types of humanity tread this little globe of ours, and you will come into contact with all of these types before you have been very long in the practice of medicine. One of the very first that you will encounter is that specimen of genus homo, familiarly known as the dead beat. He is on the watch for every new doctor that comes into the community. He will come early and often and stay long-just as long as you will work for him for nothing, and donate your medicine. He will flatter your vanity in every way that suggests itself to him, and will regale you with stories, if you are incautious enough to listen to him, going to show the utter incompetency of every physician in the community but yourself. Toward every doctor whom he owes he will show particular malevolence, and you can estimate quite accurately how many physicians have befriended him by the extent and direction of his abuse. You may be sure that as soon as you press him for a few dollars he will add you to the list, and you will find yourself sizzling on the gridiron of his righteous indignation, for the benefit of the next medical new-comer. As you value your peace of mind, beware of him. Scorn his cheap flattery-for praise, like hope, is a good breakfast, but a very poor supper. While no physician should be mercenary, neither should he labor for love alone. Empty words will not buy books nor medicines, nor idle promises that bread and butter that are as loudly demanded by the internal machinery of a doctor as by that of any other man,
The ethics of the consultation room is usually considered somewhat complicated. The A. M. A. has adopted a code that is supposed to be religiously followed by the so-called “regular" physicians, and that is sufficiently rigid to satisfy the most fastidious. It almost specifies the length of coat and the style of shirt collar that should be worn in the sick room. It lays down the law so that even he who runs may read, and he who reads may run, if he is easily alarmed by formidable details. The intent of all this is doubtless of the best, and it might accomplish much good if physicians as a class would live up to it. Nevertheless all this good advice is largely superfluous, for little men do not heed it, and big men do not need it. The three things needful in the consultation room are charity, honesty, and common sense. Possessing these, the consulting physician may safely leave all red tape behind him. The lack of one or all of them will sooner or later bring disaster. Study to please the physician who calls you. A little tact will enable you to always do this, while being at the same time perfectly honest with him and the patient or his friends.
A point always to be remembered is the tremendous advantage enjoyed by the consulting physician, so far as the confidence of patient and family are concerned. The attending doctor has seen and watched the case from incipiency; he has noted every detail, pondered over every symptom and circumstance likely to be of value in formulating a diagnosis and a prognosis; in a word, he has become, as he should be, a thorough master of the situation-and yet, when the consultant appears, all this goes for naught. Tho latter immediately be comes the oracle of the occasion. A halo of superiority surrounds his saintly head, and when he opens his outh the patient eagerly grasps the manna of his great wisdom. This is a peculiar state of affairs, and very hard to explain on reasonable grounds, but you will find it to exist in almost every instance. The consulting physician can make or unmake his colleague in less time than it takes to tell it. A word, a look, a mere shrug of the shoulders may convey volumes. Therefore beware of this tremendous power that becomes yours when your col. league calls you. Never misuse it. Protect his interests so far as you can do so conscientiously, and you will never regret your generosity.
*"The Practical Side of Medicine," by Harvey B. Dale, M. D., Oshkosh, Wisconsin, continued from February.-Medical Visitor.
These extracts from an address to students may be old stories to the physician; from not very ancient experiences they are not yet known by all—and hence quoted.
Among all the journals which represent specified medical colleges, the Chironian stands out as a shining example for others to follow. College matters, of interest to students and alumni are emphasized-long and more or less poorly written digests of text books are conspicuous by their absence. The June number, devoted to the annual commencement, is interesting even to an outsider—and to those familiar with persons and places around the N. Y. H. M. C., must be a very pleasing and attractive number.
THE PASSING OF HOMEOPATHY.
By R. D. P. Brown, M. D., Denver, Colorado. “Homeopathy is doomed,'' so says the dean of one of our alleged homeopathic colleges and, from his standpoint, the statement is just. As he gazes upon his little world of men from which all individuality has been so carefully weeded; which has been so conscientiously guarded from the growth of thought lest it shall overshine the lesser light of him and such as he; as he sees, without realizing, that his narrow world in which honest criticism has been suppressed and original thought trampled underfoot in the fear that one may arise who shall gain prestage over him and his kind, lies stagnant under the noonday sun of advancement great and ever greater, he feels and justly feels that homeopathy, such as he understands, is doomed.
Were it not that the prospective students and younger members of the profession uninformed as to the true status of this class of homeopaths, are deeply impressed by such statements, to discuss them would be worse than a waste of time. But for the sake of those who, coming to seek the truth are turned aside by the wall of ignorance and smug self-satisfaction builded by this class who see failure in all things but themselves, we feel justified in using space which should be given to matters more worthy of the followers of Hahnemann and his law.
The ignorance of the mass of graduates is augmented from year to year through the methods employed in most of our societies regarding the presenting of essays and their discussion.
Ninety-five per cent. of all essays offered for our consideration show, not so much the lack of thought, as the lack of knowledge of the primary principles of homeopathy. This is as it should be—the reading of a paper showing a sufficiently perfect conception of the truth to preclude criticism can be of comparatively little value. There are few capable of criticising it; it appears to the mass as something beyond them. They recog. nize its excellent quality without understanding it. The element of instruction through discourse and criticism is lost.
Not so, however, with a production so faulty that each