To All Homoeopaths

Dr. Kent’s criticism to the Homeopath who does not follow the laws of homeopathy and still call himself a Homeopath….

“If you give quinine, go on with it; if you give an opiate, go on with it; do not go back into Homoeopathy. The man who does these things is a homoeopathic failure. Some men are incapable of grasping the homoeopathic doctrines, and fall back into mongrelism which is a cross between Homoeopathy and allopathy. I would prefer an allopath to one who professes to be a Homoeopath but does not know enough Homoeopathy to practice it…. If a doctor has not the grit to withstand the cries of the family, the criticisms of the friends, the threatening of his pocketbook and of his bread and butter, he will not practice Homoeopathy very long. An honest man does not fear these things. There is but one thing for him to consider: “What is the right thing to do in this case?”..

The attitude of the public must never furnish the physician with indications as to what he shall do…. But the doctor who will flinch and tremble at every threatening is one who will violate his conscience; is one that can be bought; can be hired to do anything;… becomes a coward and a sneak; is ready to do almost anything that is vicious and cowardly, and will abandon his colours in time of emergency…. The doctor who violates the law also violates his conscience, and his death is worse than the death of the patient”.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.