“A TERRIBLE INDICTMENT”.
DEAR MR. BARKER. Can anything be done to get a homoeopathic doctor to this locality ? It would be a god-send if there was one in either Derby or Nottingham. Dr. E. Petrie Hoyle hits the nail on the head when he says “the laity doctor themselves to the limit of their courage.”.
That is exactly our position at the moment. We have been doctoring our little girl, age 3, for a cough. We are now well on the way to beating it, but at one stage we came to a standstill and because our stage we came to a called in an ordinary practitioner, the most conscientious one in the town. But he is not a homoeopath, and neither money, praying nor swearing can give us one and we would gladly pay all the pounds we could afford, at such times.
However that is not all the story. Before we had time to give the doctors medicine, further symptoms arose which enabled us to decide definitely which medicine to put in, and improvement followed. The article on coughs in the current “HEAL THYSELF” helped further, although only to hand yesterday ! and the doctor who said it would take some time to clear off is very pleased with the improvement. It does not please us to have to deceive him and keep fetching at his house medicine that in not used.
I have toyed with the idea of informing him of the true position, but here my courage fails completely ! If I thought he would take it in a decent spirit and investigate for himself, I would not hesitate of course. But in all probability he would be greatly incensed and we dare not risk that, as there may come a time when trouble crops up quite beyond our powers, and we would perforce have to call in the best orthodox man available.
Now is this not a scandalous position ? The me it is a terrible indictment that laymen should succeed where those who are supposed to be the professional guardians of health fail. Yet undoubtedly the public is to blame largely for putting up with it. Some little time ago a friends called on us and happened to mention that her little girl awoken in the mornings with eyes “glued up”.
They had to be bathed before she could see and she had to be carried downstairs. I had no time to ask a lot of questions, but I happened do have some Euphrasia and asked the friend to give her little girl a dose before she went to bed. Later, we learned that the following morning the girl got up on her own and went downstairs. Another dose cured, But listen. Even after that, the girls father refuse to have anything to do with homoeopathy. It has to be given secretly. There are times when it is very difficult to suffer fools gladly.
Since writing the last sentence the doctor had been ! He is very pleased. I asked if he was satisfied with babys progress and he replied that she was doing very well, and had in fact “cleared up quicker than they usually do” The wife and I dare not look at each other for fear of laughing, yet I repeat that we do not like the deception. He is very conscientious and very likeable. If only I dare ! One feels that such a man is being wasted. What a pity ! It seems very strange that he should come just as I am writing this.
“Northolme,” Church Street, Ilkeston.