Lessons from the History of Medical Delusions

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 46 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850. Excerpt: ... Theories have given rise to the numberless modes and systems of practice in medicine. All of these are wrong, and should be discarded as worse than useless, even the best of them. There is error, gross error, in every mode of practice, because it necessarily excludes valuable facts. The only proper mode of practice, if it can be termed a mode, is the eclectic, which simply takes facts from whatever quarter they may come, whether they belong to any system or not, and uses them in the cure of disease. I wish to be distinctly understood on this point. I have not said that there is no truth in any of the modes, or systems, which have prevailed. There is some truth in most of them, not to say all. And the true eclectic will sift out from them whatever of truth he may find, and use it, whether they have had a professional or a non-professional origin. There is some truth in Hydropathy; some, a little, in Thompsonianism; some in Calomelism, as it may be termed, for calomel is used by some in somewhat the same exclusive way as water is by the Hydropath, and lobelia and red pepper and steam, are by the Thompsonian. Of Homoeopathy, popular as it is among the refined, the learned and the wealthy, I must make an exception. There is absolutely no truth in this system. In this mode of practice, if followed out in good faith, there is nothing done, though there is a show of doing much. Only when Homoeopathists forsake their principles, as all of them, even to Hahnemann, sometimes do, and give Allopathic doses, that they have anything relevant in their records of the effects of remedies. But even then, it is impossible to pick out what is relevant from the profusion of shapeless rubbish which is gathered by their indiscriminate mode of observation. Though there is some ...

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