By Mary E. Ra. M.D., Bartlesville, Okla.
The twentieth Century is every day marking the birth of some new system of treatment for suffering humanity.
Sanitation is a technical scientific attack upon the causes of disease. Every State, city and locality are insistent upon the active observance of sanitary rules. Most of the plagues and epidemics of olden times are now purely historical. Therefore we are indebted to the departments of science devoted to sanitation and the enthusiastic claims of the laboratory.
Surgery is taking huge strides day by day. Hospitals, a few years ago, places shunned and dreaded, are now crowded and new ones being built to accommodate the over enthusiating in the thought of a surgical operation with escape from long-time pain. Why suffer delay of medical treatment when the surgeon can so easily end both. Thus the surgeon and hospital are a financial success, and the old family physician is ancient history. This being the case, it is unwise to utter protest against the present trend in medicine.
Many babies have been kept alive; puny and immature infants are so guarded, carefully nourished, fed sterilized food, breathing sterilized air, who would otherwise have died of infection, except for increased medical knowledge.
Disease is being reduced in the number of cases and in severity by modern methods of treatment. Tuberculosis in its incipient stage, by the present system of rest, feeding, and out-of-door life. By neutralizing the toxins in the case of diphtheria, is another scientific method of treatment. There are some who still object to the use of antitoxine, but its value is inestimable.
We also have the serum for typhoid fever, pneumonia, spinal fever, etc.; all are being tested to their full capacity.
With all these facts, the outlook is gloomy, in spite of all that sanitation has done and may yet do; in spite of all marvelous results of surgery, the acumen of which soon must be attained.
In spite of all modern methods of nursing and general management of patients, disease each year is more prevalent and more fatal according to statistics.
We all have admiration and respect for these different scientists and believe in their labors. They have faced many problems to the satisfaction and betterment of mankind.
Homoeopathy was an experiment in Hahnemann’s time. It proved its value by the clinical test during the next period. By the present day methods it has been scientifically proven both as to theory of similars and the small dose.
Sir A.E. Wright’s opsonic work, for example, is but a confirmation or re-discovery of Homoeopathy. The results of hos research are familiar to every professional listener. Working, for instance, with the germs of pus production, he, too, observed the law of similars. Taking minute quantities of the toxins of the disease producing-germ, toxins capable of producing symptoms similar to those caused by the germ, he was able to cure the lesions produced thereby.
Not only did Wright thus re-discover the law of smilars, but also strange as it may seem, he hit upon the century old conclusion as regards the size of the dose. One ten thousandth of a milligram equal to the sixth decimal dilution of the homoeopathic profession, is the dosage recommended by this scientist.
This work is but one example of recent unbiased confirmation of homoeopathic claims. The opsonic theory of Wright, the anti-tubercular system of Von Behring, the mercurial treatment of specific disease, – indeed every single therapeutic procedure of proven value in use by the other school, is simply a verification of Hahnemann’s theories.
In Homoeopathy, humanity has the priceless secret – the key to the shackles of disease, relief from the bane of the ages. This has long been the testimony of our own school of practice, it has occasionally been admitted by a broadminded and observant man of the other school; and this past five years has been discussed in scientific bodies, and homoeopathic ideas, if not the name, are now practically accepted by the dominant school.
In Homoeopathy is healing for the nations, with joint ownership in all the marvels of surgery, in all the products of the laboratories, in all that the sciences collateral to medicine have determined – with ownership in all these Homoeopathy has been sole possessor of the knowledge of remedial application when surgery has been helpless, the laboratory impotent, and general science at sea, Homoeopathy has gone on, serene in the conviction of cures impossible by other methods.
Practitioners of our faith are everywhere. Our hospitals are increasing in numbers and influence. Our asylums, homes and dispensaries are without end. The records are open and the results of our practice speak for themselves.