VIEWS ON ORTHODOX MEDICINE AND OSTEOPATHY

May I briefly explain what osteopathy is, and why its practitioners ask Parliament to legislate on the lines of this Bill? In non-technical terms osteopathy is a system of healing which dispenses largely with the use of drugs or the surgical knife, and lays emphasis mainly upon a standardized manipulative technique in dealing with bodily ailments.

ABSCESSES AND CARBUNCLES

The antiseptics which you have been using have prevented healing and have brought about this terrible condition. Your finger will be all right in a week or a fortnight.” I have seen many similar misadventures happening to doctors who treated themselves.

THE ADVANTAGES OF HOMOEOPATHY

Homeopathic doctors on the other hand have experimented to find out the smallest dose that will cure the patient. The results have been surprising. Infinitely small doses of a remedy often work miracles, when a large dose of the same remedy would be useless or even dangerous.

SOME REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD HOMOEOPATH

Leaving the homeopathic path for a time, I now take the road that leads to the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey). Entering the shop one morning a gentleman (?) asked for two pennyworth of Epsom Salts. I handed him the packet and he tendered a half-crown in payment.

AN INVOLUNTARY PROVING OF SABINA

The question now arises whether the haemorrhage- producing powers of Sabina are confined mainly to the female organs, or whether it possesses any more general haemorrhagic properties which have not been brought out due to the fact that the remedy has not received a thorough enough proving.

SLEEPLESSNESS

There is in homeopathy no single remedy for sleeplessness. Each case has to be investigated on its merits. If the constitutional symptoms of the patient call for Sulphur, or Nux vomica. The Sulphur patient cannot stand heat, feels a sinking at 11 oclock in the morning, dislikes washing, is prone to skin eruptions.

THOUGHTS ON TREATMENT

Only in the latter period of the disease there appeared another form characterized by cold sweat on the forehead during vomiting, which called for Veratrum album. Such prescribing is the greatest stumbling block in the way of Homeopathic progress — so I believe.

A TONSIL CASE

Pyrogen is invaluable for blood poisoning. A billionth of a grain given twice a day obviously saved the situation in the case of this child. The lack of knowledge of the orthodox practitioner was pitiful. By the surgical treatment of tonsils, right ear and hernia, the constitutional condition of the child would not have been improved.