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physicians cannot find time to commence a new course of studies, for such this investigation must prove. If this is the case, let them frankly avow their utter ignorance of the doctrine, and not denounce, with merciless tyranny, a practice of which they do not possess the slightest knowledge.
America. VALENTINE MOTT, justly the pride of American surgery, imbued with the becoming liberality of an unprejudiced and noble mind, visited Hahnemann during his first sojourn in Europe. Instead of denouncing this venerable philosopher as a conceptionist of a puerile and useless theory, he has had the moral courage to speak of the master spirit of modern medical history in the following language:
Hahnemann is one of the most scientific and accomplished physicians of the present age.
Professor James McNaughton, of the Western Medical College of the University of the State of New York, and late president of the New York State Medical Society, in his annual address before the society, made an avowal of sentiments that were inspired by the pure spirit of philosophy. To these, the attention of the physicians he alludes to is emphatically directed.
"Generally speaking, they have at once pronounced the whole subject absurd-a delusion-or a gross imposition upon public credulity. Now, is this the proper mode of
treating it. Is it philosophical to call any thing absurd, professing to be founded on observation and experiment? If it be false it should be proved to be so by showing that facts do not warrant the premises, or the deductions drawn from them. It is possible that the homœopathic reasoning may be erroneous it is possible that the medicine may not act as specifics, like the vaccine virus, and that the mode of action may be altogether inexplicable in the present state of our knowledge. We are therefore more inte rested in determining the correctness of the alleged facts than in the theory offered to explain them. Many of these facts are of such a kind as admit of every examination—and can be readily proved and refuted. Whether homoeopathy is true or not, it is entitled to have its claims fairly investigated. The object of the profession is to ascertain the truth: and if it should turn out, that in any disease the homoeopathic remedies are more efficacious than those known to the ordinary system, they ought unquestionably to be used. It will not do for the members of the professions to array themselves up in their dignity, and to call the new system absurd without further inquiry. The history of the profession presents many lamentable instances of the obstinacy with which errors have been clung to and improvements resisted.
Allopathists converted to Homœopathia.
The renunciation of old and the adoption of new views on the part of a few individuals alone, ought not and do not entitle their advocates to the confidence of the community. But if scores on scores, hundreds on hundreds, and thousands on thousands, start forward with fixedness of purpose for resolute action, to maintain and defend the revealed evidences of a reform, jests, ridicule, and satire, will prove but puny obstacles to their advance; and unless apparently equal forces are arrayed in antagonism, such reform will spread with irresistible influence throughout the world in proportion to the amount of testimony upon which it may be based, and to the sum of benefits it does and can confer.
Homoeopathia professes to be such a reform; and instead of being sustained and propagated by a few foolish or knavish zealots, it is publicly advocated by more than two thousand physicians, who have relinquished allopathia to become its adherents. It numbers thousands and tens of thousands among its laymen; and besides its extension in different parts of the world, includes one-half of the entire population in Germany among the recipients of its practice. Of the great number of physicians converted to homoeopathy, the following examples will afford an impression:
T. T. QUIN, M. D., in London, recently physician to Leopold, King of the Belgians. COUNT DES GUIDI, doctor in medicine and sciences, officer of the University of France, late professor of mathematics, member of the Royal
Academy of Naples, Turin, etc. A. G. JOURDAN, M. D., of Paris, member of the Institute of France, and many celebrated societies, has been long recognized as the associate of the prominent medical literati of France. DE CHEVALIER DON COSMO DE HORATIIS, M. D., President of the Academy of Medicine, and physician to the Military Hospital, in Naples. QUADRI, M. D., Professor of the University, physician to the Ophtalmic Hospital, in Rome. BIGELIUS, M. D., physician to the late Emperor of Russia. Dr. TRINIUS, the distinguished Russian botanist, and Counsellor of State. Dr. STEGEMAN, also Counsellor of State, at St. Petersburg; and G. L. RAU, M. D., physician to the Duke of Hesse Darmstadt.
For other distinguished medical converts besides Muhlenbein and Schuler, we refer the inquirer to the next section, which will contain the names and title of men who, with few exceptions, were a long time adherents of the old school, before their adoption of homoeopathy.
Reputation of Homeopathists and Homœopathia. This important link in our chain of evidences, indicating the present rank of homoeopathia, is respectfully and especially submitted to the consideration of those who, either wilfully, or ignorantly have circulated the silly report of "the downfall of homoeopathy in Europe." DR. QUIN, whom we have enumerated among the converted allo
pathists, is distinguished as the first homoeopathic physician in England. Besides the compliment of being selected an attending physician to the King of Belgium, he commands an extensively lucrative practice among the noble and intelligent of Great Britain. In the circle of his patients, the Marquis of Anglesea represents the former, Sir Edward Litton Bulwer the latter. The names and reputation of other eminent converts to the new doctrine having just passed under review, their repetition here would be superfluous.
The following doctors of medicine, who hold professorships of medicine, chemistry, or philosophy, in different uni-versities on the continent, are recognized and respected as prominent advocates of Homoeopathy: Professors Quadri, Guaranta, Arnold, Wahlenburg, Mabit, Leupoldt, Fleischmann, Roth, Werber, Succow, Crepu, Martin, of the University at Naples, Heidelberg, Upsalia, Bordeaux, Erlangen, Munich, Carlsruhe, Jena, Grenoble..
The distinction of counsellors of state and counsellors in medicine, is conferred by the sovereigns of Europeupon such physicians alone as are distinguished for their acquisitions in general science and medicine, and is esteemed as a compliment of the highest order. Homoeo