Why do foundations like the Rockefeller and kindred ones, avowedly organized for the purpose of advancing medical science, ignore the claims of pure homoeopathy?.
Isnt it strange that the moneyed men who support these institutions with their CASH would turn its control over completely to men who are so biased that their prejudices will close the doors to what they call a sectarian branch of medicine ?To me it would seem that the first requirement of a research man should be one without prejudice.
It is now well over a hundred years since organized medicine began to tell the world that homoeopathy is dead, yet we live and still function. It seems to me that it is about time that some bright mind in the scientific ranks would consider it worth while to investigate as to just why we are not dead and buried long, long ago. You know there has to be a reason why homoeopathy still keeps on an “even keel” when it is being attacked on all sides, and especially from within.
There is a real need for some one to be disagreeable. Most men have the courage of another mans convictions. . . Let a thing be said loud enough and repeated often enough, especially if it be backed by a large majority, and it is too often accepted as the last word on the subject.
Sometimes the ideas put out by these self-appointed and mass- elected leaders are pure propaganda, sometimes they are honest convictions, but they all need to be carefully examined for germs, and tested for high blood pressure.
It is the easy and agreeable thing to accept the ideas handed down from on high and to go along without bothering to test them with fact and experience. It is hard to think things out for ones self, and disagreeable to be off-side. Duties interfere with pleasures, so one by one we have shed the duties.
Isnt that one answer to my WHY ? Of course there are many other angles and I could reel them off to you for the rest of this session but I am not going to be that prosaic.
Why does the great medical trust, known as the A.M.A., if they are truly endeavoring to advance medical science, arbitrarily close the press to all homoeopathic papers? If you dont think this is a statement of fact, just try to get an acceptance of your homoeopathic papers in any magazine of importance.
Why do the “holier than thou” F.A.C.S. still persist in making their “X” with the scalpel on the back of the necks of their patients who are suffering with carbuncles (thereby marking them for life), instead of letting a good homoeopath show them how to treat the condition without disfigurement?.
Why do the nose and throat specialists persist in their spray and packing for the local treatment of sinus infections, instead of learning from the homoeopath that this is a local manifestation of a constitutional condition, which clears up under the carefully selected constitutional remedy?.
Good homoeopathy is curing a much better percentage of pneumonia today with the same remedies that they treated the disease successfully with back one hundred years ago, yet allopathy has changed their treatment many, many times in that same length of time without reducing their mortality, which has never been as low as ours. You would think that the significant fact that our Acon., Ant. tart., Bry., Phos., is just as efficient now as it was one hundred years ago ought to convince the most skeptical that diseases do not change and truth does not change.
With such a glorious background as homoeopathy has, why do so many of our graduates persistently endeavor to convince their public that they are regular ? I am convinced that the real reason is a mercenary one, but according to the law of supply and demand, that alone should cause them to reveal their homoeopathic background, thereby qualifying for the patronage of the public who are seeking out the man who dispenses the mysterious and magical little sugar pills. There is a demand for the right kind of homoeopathy.
Good homoeopathy has a better way of treating gonorrhoea and syphilis that is safe and does not suppress the disease, even if they have quite treating it homoeopathically in our two alleged homoeopathic colleges.
There are enlightened laymen who know these facts that are trying to find homoeopathic physicians who are trained and experienced. The field is enormous; why dont more of our young graduates grasp the significance of this fact and equip themselves by postgraduate instruction, which is the only way for the new graduates to be taught pure homoeopathy.
The American Foundation for Homoeopathy is conducting each summer a six weeks postgraduate course in Boston; if the new graduates could only realize the value of this vast field open to them without any competition they would keep that Boston school open the year around.
CHAIRMAN BRYANT: I would like to reply to what Dr. Dixon has said. There are many reason WHY, I believe. One in the City of Seattle, we had forced upon us, and it came about in this way: After being the Secretary of the State Society for seventeen years, I was humiliated one day by being called by one of the assistant editors of the Seattle Times who asked me if there were any homoeopathic physicians in the City of Seattle.
I said there were, and he said, “Would you mind supplying me a list?” I said I would be very glad to do that.
Just as Dr. Dixon has stated, we have kept our light under a bushel. That interview with the Times representative led to something, and I want to offer this as a suggestion to some others here who may some day suffer the same humiliation. We brought it up our next county meeting, and we decided that we would get into the limelight, if possible– the proper limelight, however.
In looking through the classified section of the telephone book in Seattle, we discovered a very interesting thing there, that the regular school of medicine was advertising to the public the qualifications necessary for membership in their organizations. So I was appointed a committee of one to interview the telephone company to see if we couldnt put something in that telephone book that would give the public some idea of who the homoeopaths were and what they were, with the consequence that the following went into the classified section of the Seattle telephone book. by the way, that book has some 400,000 subscribers.
I had some difficulty when I interviewed the telephone company and told them what I wanted to put in. The an drew his brows together a little and said, ” I know very little about homoeopathic physicians. Are you sure that you can qualify according to the statements you hand me ?”.
I said, “I wouldnt dare put them in otherwise”.
This was placed at the head of a list of homoeopathic physician in the classified section of the telephone book, so that in looking for the physicians of the city of Seattle, they could read just what our qualifications were:.
“Physicians qualified for membership in the respective homoeopathic societies of the State of Washington must be:.
“1. Physicians who are members of the oldest national medical societies in the United States.
“2. Physicians and surgeons whose school of practice is the first one in the United States to introduce a six-year medical course added to the regular four-year university pre-medical course.
“3. Physicians and surgeons who earned the degree of M.D., Doctor of Medicine.
“4. Eight to ten years of special work and study of practice homoeopathic medicine and surgery.
“5. Doctors who, by their preparations, qualifications and moral character have been approved for membership in their county, state and national homoeopathic organizations.
“6. Each member must conform to the ethics and requirements of the national organization of homoeopathy or lose his membership.
“7. This standard is maintained solely to insure the highest possible quality of service to the public”.
I want to tell you something else. That cost money, and when we put it up to the men in our little organization– our county society is small– we said, ” Are you willing to back that?” They all said, “Yes.” It cost us dollar 19 a piece to put it in for one year.
I think there is another reason, too, why, if we stick closely to the practice of homoeopathy we are bound to get results, and that was demonstrated to me not very long ago when one of the most prominent regular school physicians surprised me by appearing in my office, I opened my reception room door, and there sat Dr. Fick, who was one of our most prominent men in Seattle. I was so shocked and so surprised, instead of calling the next patient in, I said to Dr. Fick, “Wont you come right in?”.
He stepped in. That was four oclock in the afternoon. He said to me after he got in, “You have cured four of my cases of frontal sinus infection that I have struggled with for months and have accomplished nothing. I want to know how you do it”.
I said, “If you give me the names of the patients, maybe I can tell you”.
He told me, and the first one was a patient I had cured with Arum triphyllum.
He said, “What in heck is Arum triphyllum?”.
I said, “That is plan Indian turnip?”.
He said, “Will you get me a barrel of it?”.
I replied, “Doctor, a barrel wouldnt do you any good, because I didnt help the next patient with the same thing”.
I am going to conclude this right away by saying it was four in the afternoon when he came into my office, and I had four or five patients waiting. I knew he had left many more patients in his office. It was seven oclock at night when we left that office. We both forgot all about our patients.
My secretary listened at the keyhole and heard the discussion in here and told my parents to go home.
That had its misfortune, too. I won a convert to homoeopathy between four oclock and seven oclock, but fate stepped in and he died shortly after that. I think some of you know the old story of William Pepper of the University of Pennsylvania, who likewise appeared in the office of Dr. Walter James, under similar circumstances. Dr. Pepper died before he could introduce homoeopathy in the University of Pennsylvania, which he promised to do.
Dr. A. PULFORD: I heard a little story the other day that I think gives a little of the other side of this. Two young men graduated at the same school. One was honest; the other, by the skin of his teeth. They went their separate ways. The one that was honest was walking; the other one riding along in his automobile, and he had a large mansion. They happened to meet in front of the home of the one who had gotten through by the skin of his teeth, and they talked matter over. Just at that time the factory let out and numerous people went by. After they passed, the honest man said to the other man, “How does it come that you have all of this while I walk?”.
He said, “Did you see that crowd walk by?”.
“How many of those people do you think know enough to come in out of the rain”.
He said, “You doctor the other few intelligent ones, and we doctor these,” and that is why they get ahead.
DR. SCHWARTZ: Many good citizens would like a change in government, but they are not organized against the party organization; and it is so in the field of medicine, unless we are organized and stand together for a definite aim and work together, we cant do much. We havent been highly organized, or at least we dont stick together.
There was a writer or the A.M.A. Journal in my office a year ago asking me to subscribe to the Journal. He knows Dr. Clayton, of Palatine, very well, a good homoeopath. We talked quite a while, and he told me that Dr. Clayton had told him many things and made him see the truth of it, and, in fact, Dr. Clayton had cured his child of a cough after he had had all kinds of treatment, and the remedy given to the child was Silica. I said, “Then why dont you throw in your lot, or at least learn something more of it?”.
Well, there was just a mercenary reason, he was writing and earning his living, and I think that is one of the Whys.
DR. CHARLES BOERICKE: I think the answer to the Why lies with the individual physician. The money is there if you are keen enough and salesman enough to get it. Today the Homoeopathic Foundation of California has approximately dollar 350,000 cold cash. We did have more than that prior to the depression, but our funds shrank. That money is to be used to build a homoeopathic hospital in San Francisco, and we hope very much, with the market going up, that we will be able to get that hospital within the next year.
Practically all of that money was left by individual legacies to the different homoeopathic physicians. In other words, Dr. Ward has that happy faculty of convincing them that on their decease they should turn over so much of their estate to the Homoeopathic Foundation.
Recently, one of Dr. Wards patients left a dollar 100,000 estate to the Foundation. He made one mistake, unfortunately,; he left the whole dollar 100,000 to the Foundation and the court ruled that the Foundation was a charitable organization and, therefore, according to the California State Law, we were only permitted to take one-third of it. That is why we have endeavored to establish the fact that the Homoeopathic Foundation of California is a scientific, non-charitable organization, in the event of such a contingency in the future. So, we have established laboratories and research work to bear out the fact that it is a non-charitable organization. We have, in the first place, a name that the patient can leave it to, the Homoeopathic Foundation.
If one of your patients here died, whom would you tell the patient to leave it to you? Maybe he wouldnt turn it over. To the International Hahnemannian Association? Maybe he would like to do that, but here we have a definite Foundation whose one and only established purpose is to foster the good of homoeopathy in any way the directors see fit that it should be accomplished. So, we have an organization where they can leave the money.
A year ago one of Dr. Angels patients died and left us 10,000. Six months ago another one of his patients died and left us 1,000. The entire amount of 350,000 has left by legacies, but the patients are tutored by the doctor prior to their decease and the legal matters are all arranged so there is no trouble when the patient dies.
DR. ROBERTS: We have a Foundation under a charter of the District of Columbia and it is that Foundation that is running a post graduate school. It is because of one individual that we are able to run that. What we need, and need desperately, is to enlarge that Foundation so that we can carry out the four-square proposition that the American Foundation for Homoeopathy has in view. If any of you people find some of your patients that are wanting to dispose of some of their money, if you can lead them to see it, send them to the American Foundation for Homoeopathy.
DR. MOORE: One great trouble about all that, is the homoeopathic patients take such a long time to die.
DR. ROBBERTS: Dr. McLaren has just asked me to say one more word, however, I dont know but it belongs to Dr. McLaren to do it.
Sir John Wier, as you know, is President of this Association this year. It is impossible for him to leave England on account of his relationship to the Royal family. Sir John wrote a while ago, questioning whether or not to place one hundred pounds for entertainment for this meeting, or to meet the suggestion of starting an endowment fund for the I.H.A. with that amount. In as much as he found that it was our custom to pay for our won dinners at these meetings, and to depend upon the unusual opportunity for meeting our distant confreres for sociability, he decided to begin the Endowment of the I.H.A. with that amount; and Dr. McLaren informed me that the amount was sent him for Sir John.
DR. FARRINGTON: We are glad to hear that. How little the profession knows really about homoeopathy. I can tell you stories, one after another, of my experiences. One of the most outstanding recently was an old physician 81 years old, very well preserved, who came to me from a town in Indiana. He apparently was perfectly well, except he had neuritis in the right arm. He said that he couldnt cure it. So he came up to see if I could prescribe for him. That man was a homoeopath and had practiced for fifty-six years. He did not perceive that the case had all the symptoms of Rhus tox. I know some other instances. For some reason they get into a rut.
The work of the American Foundation certainly ought to be supported. It is practically the only out and out post graduate course that we have with didactic lectures.
Second comes the Extension School in Chicago, which in the few years it has been running had about fifty subscribers equally divided between homoeopath and non-homoeopath. The letters of appreciation that are received from students who have taken this course, or are only partially through it, are enough to turn ones head. It is exceedingly interesting to notice that in the beginning they were confused and unable to grasp the idea, and especially grasp the idea of the homoeopathic concept of disease. They gradually get a little light on it until one of them wrote that a few weeks after he had finished his course that he had doubled his practice.
We have an arrangement with Dr. Roberts whereby we exchange names of applicants. Those that are unable to come to Boston and stay there during the time of the course are referred to the post graduate school in Chicago, and we in turn refer students to Boston when they can afford it. We cannot compete with the course that they are giving there. Those are the two institutions that are giving straight homoeopathic courses. We do not attempt any scientific course as they did in California. I must say they are there performing a marvelous thing.
DR. DIXON: There is one thing you have got to say about my papers, they are always very brief. I think Dr. Bryant talked longer than I did about it, which gratified me very much.
There are many ways of approaching good homoeopathy and there are many ways of approaching this idea of building up our foundation, but they have all failed dismally during the depression. It is the money we need. We have the plant and men to run it, and all we need is a little bit more money and a little bit more enthusiasm among these fellows that know they need it.
The old doctor that didnt recognize his Rhus symptoms is probably one of these fellows that dont attend meetings like these; he doesnt get out to the state and national societies. I dont know of any better way of getting out of the rut than attending these meetings.
I am gratified that my paper brought out as much discussion as it did.