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will be found in favour of modern allopathia against any
of the older times. The justice of these observations is supported by the fact, that medical men of this as of all former ages, are constantly shifting from one allopathic mode to another, and the older they grow the less and less confidence the express in any and all methods. The further important fact, too, that many allopathists have forsaken their old books and masters entirely, and adopted the homœopathic rules of practice, is, in our judgment, a serious confirmation of this view of the subject. And scarcely less important is the painful truth, that thousands and tens of thousands, who have essayed the skill of the first professors of allopathic medicine in vain, have finally abandoned this presumed science in utter helplessness and hopelessness, to seek for possible relief in the dernier resources of pills, panaceas, and other temptations of quackery.
If, then, this young and vigorous scion be already acknowledged as a formidable rival to the old, and without claiming the superior advantages alleged in its favour by its friends, it be supported as merely equal to allopathia, what may not be expected from homoeopathia when its application in practice shall have been combined fully with the courses of instruction in the schools of medicine when it shall have found its proper rank and influence as a necessary part of a physician's education when it shall be taught in connection with the elementary acquisitions of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and collateral sciences,
all of which are essential to the intrinsic value and stability of the system. Impelled by the inspirations of truth, and urged by an ardent desire to confer the blessings of a true sanetary law upon the world at large, we claim from all the benevolent and honest, as they regard such emanations from heaven as truth, and value such of its creations as human lives, that they advance firmly, investigate searchingly, and experiment faithfully; and we feel such confidence in the soundness of our cause that we fearlessly predict an ultimate unison with us in the belief that homoeopathy is the only veritable basis of medical science.
Hos rogo, ut cogitent, quod hodie non credibile videatur, post aliquot annos tritum et pervulgatum haberi.
SOPHOCLES AJAX. DR. CROSSERIO, president of the homeopathic institution at Paris, in a letter directed to an eminent homœopathic physician, DR. CHARLES NEIDHARD, at Philadelphia cherishes the hope that the advancement of the new doctrine in the United States, once thoroughly known and appreciated, will be more rapid than in any other country. Here is his own words:
"The reports you give me on the progress of homoeopathy in the United States, have confirmed me in my old opinion, that English medical practice may be, and must be reformed, by the Americans.
"In a country like yours, dear sir, where the press is free, and the heads open, and the hearts warm for every improvement, and the purses full, everything may be
accomplished by those, who follow a noble design. You have by far better ground there than we have here. I read but yesterday an article on the institutions, founded or supported in the United States, by the free gifts of the citizens. Heavens, that is quite a different world from ours! I venture to assert, that in all Europe individual generosity has not done as much for beneficial and common purposes, as it has done in the United States during the last twenty-five years. The people of the United States have only to know the great benefit of homoeopathy, and they will bestow hundreds of thousands on ho. moeopathic institutions. And have you attempted, dear sir, to inform your temperance societies of the powerful support their cause may derive from homœopathy?* An have you informed the slaveholders of the south how many lives will be saved, and how quickly health is restored by our treatment? Aye even slavery will support your cause. Now let me suppose, you can muster
"This remark of the author is in my opinion a very just and happy one. The temper ance societies and homoeopathy are indeed sisters, and it is to be wondered at, that the former have not yet observed, how powerfully they might be supported by the latter. This can be only ascribed to the circumstance, that in those countries where temperance societies have taken a footing, homoeopathy has not yet done so, and vice versa. Homoeopathy indeed prohibits the use of all spices and drugs, and more rigorously of all liquors containing alcohol, and permits only light beer and wine, diluted with a great deal of water, in chronic diseases. It also teaches, that homoeopathic remedies, in time of sickness, will be a great deal more efficacious with those who, in time of health, abstain altogether from the use of strong liquors. The translator can certify, that he has himself, more than once, made the observation, that in countries where homoeopathy is generally adopted, temperance has made a very sensible progress in all classes of society, though temperance societies have been entirely unknown. (Note of the Translator.)"
only five hundred homoeopathic readers in your country then you will be able to translate every homoeopathic work of any importance into the English language; then of every such publication you may send some hundred copies for sale to England, Scotland, and Ireland, for they, who are so very backward, cannot publish them themselves; then they will depend on your productions, and you will have the great triumph, not only to reform England medi cally, but also to make her dependant on American medical literature, for a long time to come.
"Whatever can be done from our part, to support your exertions, you may confidently rely, shall be done. Whilst writing the present letter, I conceive the idea, that it might be useful, if we, on the part of our society, were to address the people of the United States, as well as the governments. I shall reflect more on the matter, and what can be done in this way, shall be done. It is possible that the society of Leipzig will join us..
"I am much inclined to believe, that a medical reform in the United States of America, if once commenced on a large scale, (that is to say, after a sufficient number of buyers of homoeopathic works has been formed, which is the principal requisite of all scientific progress on a national scale,) will be much more rapid and thorough going, than in any European country, Germany not excepted. For I imagine that ignorance of the lower classes, and fashion of the higher ones, the strong holds of the old creed, are there scarcely to be found in such a degree, as to be able to counteract the power of actual experience."
By which patients at a distance, afflicted with chronic diseases, may communicate their cases to a homœopathic physician by letter.
The patient should first describe his complaints in his own way, as though these instructions were not before him, viz: their commencement, progress, and presumptive causes. The age and sex of the patient and whether he be married or single, should of course be communicated to the physician, if these circumstances be not already known. It would be well to mention whether the patient is of a large or diminutive frame of body, meagre or stout, feeble or robust. Whether he is easy to take cold, and very susceptible to other external impressions. Is the complexion florid, or pale, or dark? What is the colour and condition of the hair, and the colour of the eyes? Concomitant bodily infirmaties, as hernia or rupture, curvature of the spine, lameness, &c., should be made known. Is the dis- ? position of the patient mild and placable, or boisterous and violont? firm or yielding, lively and communicative, reserved and taciturn; anxious, apprehensive, or timorous," or irritable, &c.? Are his mental emotions of long continuance, or are they very transient ?
The patient is next required to give an accurate and particular description of the incidents or symptoms of his disease, such as pains, and other morbid sensations. He should describe precisely the region or part, and on which