CHAPTER XII, Continued.
The practice of medicine is an art. This art makes use of science. The art is not commercial and it becomes a business only when degraded. However, the laborer is worthy of his hire and there is no doubt that the practice of worthy medicine will bring to all its devotees amply material remuneration just as it brings to patients adequate reward.
No school of practice looks upon medicine as an art more than does the homoeopathic. The sick are not cured by science, by so-called faith, by mind, by any method or agent whatever; unless the administration of that method of agent is accomplished by art. If man were merely an animated body, a machine energized by some external power, the converse might be true; but he is more than mechanical, than animal, than tissue, or even a combination of these. Any healing of this complex and wonderful organism must reckon with it in its entirety, and not only with its species in general, but with any and every individual specimen of it.
Homoeopathy differs in no smallest degree today from what it was on the day of Hahnemanns death. I make no account of unhomoeopathic practices existing among those not yet fully imbued with the homoeopathic understanding, though externally adherent to the cause. I speak of homoeopathy–the science –and reiterate that it is unchanged either in precept or practice, and that the rules elaborated in the Organon are the rules of usage today.–FRANK W. PATCH, M.D.
While homoeopathy is being slowly rediscovered the world continues to revel in crude medicine. Much of this medicine is unfit for the human being. Much of it is, however, looked upon by the mass of mankind as the only help available in sickness. Widespread propaganda from many different sources leaves little room and opportunity for better aid. But there is better provided. It is just as available, necessary, and effective today as it was over a century ago, when Samuel Hahnemann built homoeopathy on an enduring foundation.
That foundation has never crumbled.
In truth the edifice has been assaulted by enemies, neglected by sponsors, and transduced by friends, but as a complete structure its preservation is assured by virtue of inherent soundness. Yet, like all good things, the practical utility, the unique values, and the unapproached superiority of the Law of Similars in medical care, have been and will continue to be ignored when and wherever other aims are more active than that of absolute cure.
For instance, a doctor of another school was distressed over the conditions of his sick child, thus far unhelped by allopathic skill. He called in a friend who was also a physician, but of the homoeopathic school for medicine. The latters prescription gave immediate relief and prompt recovery. The father was appreciative, but when asked why he did not study and learn to do likewise, he replied that under such a system the visits required were so few he did not see how a doctor could make a living!.
Unfortunately, however, the visits cannot always be so few. This for the reason that our modern states of illness are aggravated by our modern habits of live, so far removed from the conservative routine that obtained in similar circles years ago. That is, the stress of super-activities and pleasures and consequent over-indulgences, frequently met by what are considered restorative in the way of nostrums, all implies and actually results in addictions that render the constitution persistently abnormal. From such a state, either cure or recovery is often a matter of time and skill, even when the right course is pursued if pursued at all.
The foundation of homoeopathy are facts. They support the truth that in the healing of the sick that law must be respected and followed which says Likes are to be treated by likes. And so the need is established for a clear comprehension of the evidences of vital disorder. Just what vital disorder is we may not know. It is not yet permitted us to know. We have never seen the vital spark since it began to illumine the temple that God made and pronounced done in His own image.
It is borne in upon the consciousness that we are not allowed to enter at will the chambers of the living temple. There are paths we may not tread nor follow, closed doors that we may not open, but it is given men to perceive and ponder all the evidences of physiological and pathological phenomena that spring from or have their origin in the vital organism.
It is on faithful observation of these evidences that utilization of the law of cure must rest. The demand that this observation be exact, unimpeded, unadorned, is imperative.