Veritable and interesting as it is, the story goes that Sir Henry Wheeler, presiding over a ceremony at the Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, said with his remarkable candour that so long as he was a hidebound official in India the Homoeopathic Medicine was to him a taboo; but when he was at his home in England, either on a long furlough or on a short leave, all other systems of medicine being under taboo in his family, he had to take Homoeopathic treatment and found wonderful results. Of course, Sir Henrys brother was the renowned Dr. Wheeler, Londons famous Homoeopathic physician.
Fashion is allowed to prevail over usefulness and comfort, be it in State affairs or in personal matters. Personal or communal welfare is subordinated to the opinion of the fashionable society. Even in spheres of State administration and education, extrinsic effects count more for the appraisement of position and respectability.
And the influence of company upon mind and intellect is none the less powerful than the effect of a miasm upon the body. A popular individual with all the transcendent qualities of head and heart is found succumbing easily to the peccant infection of the company he is placed in and undergoing a piteous metamorphosis. It is thus that we find British cabinet holding fast some of the traditional die hard conservative policies, be it a coalition or liberal or labour ministry.
Likewise in our country it is not an uncommon instance that a peoples man maugre his liberal views and reconstructive proclivities pliantly takes the distinctive mould and colour of his office no sooner he is seated in the temple of temporal gods. We feel he does not do it wish- fully. It is an infection against which few are immune. The fear that “knaves should call him fool” suffers many a welfare prospect keep hanging fire. Even with the visitation of a virulent cholera-epidemic and a precocious outbreak of the predacious malaria epidemic gloriously parading over the province, the State Faculty of Homoeopathic Medicine cannot peep out of the pages of the Calcutta Gazette.
Arsenic or Cuprum aceticum or Veratrum alb. in potency 30, once daily for three doses. These do not have the splendour and pain of inoculation, but are more dependable than the officially patronized poker.