B. H., one of the several editors of the Clinique, quotes from the Harvard gradduate maganine, from which quotation the following is excerpted: “Health administration in this country lags largely for want of trained leadership.” Ton one who reads the medical articles in the Sunday newspapers and in the popular magazines, this will be a shock, for they are taught in those articles that disease is on the run, like the Devil is when the parson gets after him. The quotation from the harvard goes on to say that the fact that a man writes M.D. after his name does not qualify him for being a health officer, for all the average M.D. seeks in the cure of the cases coming under his care. Whereas the health officer seeks to prevent disease, and the inference is that when the health officer prevails the occupation of the M.D. will be gone. Indeed one contributor to the clinique in the same issue in which B.H. rather makes light of the Harvard’s contention, writes that if it were possible for health officers to vaccinate the intire U.S. against typhoid “we would soon see so few deaths from it that, like small-pox, the name would not even be printed on our vital statistic cards, as was done last year.” This sounds well, but the same day we read this, the newspapers had headlines announcing “thirty-four new cases of small-pox among the crew of the battleship Ohio,” all ventive medicine.
Wherever there is action there must be reaction. Is an indisputable axiom of philosophy. If virus. Or dead bacilli, or live ditto. Or germ boullion, or anything of that sort is inoculated into, or germ boullion, or anything of that sort is inoculated into healthy blood there must follow a reaction. Which, with all due regard for the trained health experts, does not stop with the subsidence of the acute symptoms. That this is so is demonstrated by that rather gruesome thing anaphylaxis, by means which a man may make a hurried passage over the river Styaon a repetition of the trained health man’s prophylaxis.
The press lately has been full of the wonders accomplished by typhoid vaccnation, but forgets the fact that the Japanese army went through with a fierce war without that disease simply because their doctor looked to it that the soldiers were not poisoned with foul water and food. Does any one suppose that if any army today were to be harded under the same sanitary conditions that prevailed during the war with Spain that typhoid vaccination would keep it healthy? If he does he has a robust faith.
The trained health officials who neglect their very useful duty of sanitation and try to shoulder the doctor out of the running, who devote more attention to putting diseased tissue into the blood of the people than they do to keeping it out of the water, are not doing a good work, but are making a sorry mess of things, as a future and broader observation will demonstrate.
To go back to the quotation made by B.H. from the Harvard we quote further: “The people are asking ‘if disease is preventable, why is it not prevented? “Evidently, then, notwithstanding all the fanfare, disease is not prevented. The Harvard man thinks it must come through trained health “specialists,”and in this we agree with him, but not in the sort he advocates. The true health specialist is the physician who is a sound homeopathic practitioner. The other side are forever “advancing,”i. e., discarding last year’s method for something else no better and, in turn, to be discarded, and so on and on. Homoeopathy alone is founded on a rock, the storms and floods beat upon it, but it stands – the others are forever being swept away and always will be- always advancing, but never getting on a solid foundation.