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advocates of homoeopathia in Europe, presented the subject of its institution to the Bavarian Chamber of Deputies, which unanimously voted an annual contribution of four thousand florins towards its support. An extensive and suitable edifice has been granted, and "homoeopathia," as counsellor Widnmann remarks, "has become a national concern in Bavaria."
Paris. In consequence of the extension of homoeopathy in France, an application was made to the French government for the establishment of a national homoeopathic hospital. The government referred the matter to the Royal Academy of Medicine, which, with the exception of Jourdan, was composed entirely of allopathists, who most vehemently opposed, and reported against its organization, and successfully, for the present. A private hospital was erected, the dispensations of whose signal benefits, with the powerful influence that is daily accumulating, must, before long, accomplish the desired grant. Gaspari, Guizot, and Duchatel, members of the French ministry, are ardent homoeopathists, and will contribute their aid.
Bordeaux. The great eclat that attended the successful issue of homoeopathia against the ravages of cholera in this place, very naturally led to the establishment of a general hospital. This institution is now open under the able management of Dr. Mabit, who is assisted by several associates. The hospital contains a hundred and fifty beds, and several thousand patients have experienced its benefits since its organization.
Hungary. A hospital was formed in the town of Guns, about five years since, under the guidance of Dr. Michael Blitz, and has fully sustained the reputation of the homoeopathic practice.
London, "The London Homoeopathic Dispensary" was established several years since, by Dr. Curie, and has materially aided in extending the knowledge of homoeopathia among the citizens of London. Its prospective value has been very much enhanced of late, by the liberality of a London banker, Mr. Leaf, who has proffered pecuniary aid to any extent that will render its dispensation useful. The dispensary being scarcely organized as to permanency, Dr. Curie has recently promulgated the desire of the friends of the German doctrine to have its merits publicly canvassed and adjudged, as stated in his circular : "to enable the subscribers and the public to form an opinion of the value of this institution, it is intended monthly to publish a faithful report of the cases treated in it; and while the names will be carefully excluded, a reference will be kept in each case, whereby the truth of the report may be ascertained."
Oxford. Mr. Langston, another worthy patron of homoeopathia in England, has founded a hospital in the vicinity of Oxford, the superintendence of which has been conferred upon Dr. Mottal. The provisions made for its extended utility are of such a manifest character, that the prospects of homoeopathia in Great Britain are of the most gratifying promise.
Glasgow. We have been informed in a late commu nication from Dr. Curie, that a dispensary is also about being instituted in this town, under the management of Dr. Scott.
Palermo. Dr. Mure opened a dispensary in this city in 1838, in which, at first, about twenty-five patients were treated daily. In 1839, the number had increased to two hundred daily, requiring the attention of six homoeopathic physicians. The increase of patients in the homoeopathic infirmary, advanced in the ratio of their decline in the allopathic hospitals, and so palpably, that the attention of the Abbe Baudsere, M. D., was called to the investigation of the system, which he has finally adopted. The Abbe, who is physician in chief to the Hospital des Ferres de St. Jean de Dieu, introduced the homoeopathic treatment at once into this hospital, which may now be considered an institution of the Hahnemannean method.
Montreal, Pietraperzia, and Mistrella. Each of these towns had allopathic hospitals in 1838. The conversions at Palermo, extending throughout Sicily, embraced their physicians, including the chiefs of their hospitals. These hospitals are, at the present time, homoeopathic.
Besides these establishmenis for the sick, in the towns enumerated, there are many forms of infirmaries organized in many of the prominent towns on the continent, in all of which nearly similar results of treatment are obtained.
Homoeopathic societies have grown with the growth of
the system, and according to the information acquired by counsellor Wolff, there are, at present, forty associations in Europe, composed of physicians and laymen of emi
Public Trials of Homœopathia in Hospitals. Much brave talk has arisen on all sides of homoeopathia about the results of its adoption in public hospitals by order of several governments, for the avowed purpose of testing its merits as a system. The staunch adherents of both sides have taken steps which should have been avoided. The opponents of the new mode, evidently feeling that the honor of Hippocrates reposed on their prowess, have uniformly striven to furnish their distant colleagues with the means of asserting, that it has suffered a signal defeat; while the over zealous followers of Hahnemann, spurred on equally by an esprit propre, have not failed to affirm a triumphant success. Both parties have forgotten for the time, that the contest might not end with them. -nor be confined to their country-nor await, in troubled humility, the decision of court ephemera, but that it may last to another age, be tested by other people, and that its decision, maugre the will of princes and cabinet ministers, depends alone on the dispassionate decrees of that catholic tribunal, calm, sound philosophy! whose ultimate and irreversible dieta are seldom pronounced, till the witnesses
and noisy assailants have left her halls for ever. It is easy to make assertions on medical experience, which, though not founded upon real testimony, thousands will believe, merely because they have been asserted; but it is also very difficult-often impossible,—to demonstrate at once, the fallacy of such illegitimate assertions. This is, perhaps, more true of medicine than of theology, though the history of both the sciences is full to overflowing, of devious heresies and marvellous relations, which have seldom, if ever, quite died away in the age that gave them birth. And it certainly will not hasten the slow advances of truth, to get angry at the perverse habits of the race to believe mere words, or to attempt, by wholesale counter assertions, to mark out the path which she is destined to оссиру.
Enough of this old-fashioned folly has been committed, as we have said, on both sides of the present contest in medicine; and perhaps no department of the conflict has been more fruitful in these respects than the reports, debates, and conclusions, which have grown out of the hospital trials of the new mode within the last ten years. So far as we have been able to learn, one party has gained as much as the other; neither has been victor or vanquished; and, of course, both have been loud in their claims for the palm of the victory. With respect to the public at large, we have no doubt of the new party having gained by each of these quasi tests of their theory.
There have been six public and formal trials of homoeo