Such an organization as is contemplated by the advocates of federalized medical control will be purely political in its scope and aim and as such will be carried on along the lines of the political spoils system where graft and special privileges will hamper the smooth and efficient operations of good medical service.
Among chronic diseases we must still, alas! reckon those so commonly met with, artificially produced in allopathic treatment by the prolonged use of violent heroic medicines in large and increasing doses, by the abuse of calomel, corrosive sublimate, mercurial ointment, nitrate of silver, iodine and its ointments, opium, valerian, cinchona bark and quinine, foxglove, prussic acid sulphur and sulphuric acid, perennial purgative, etc.
Nothing very original about the paper. It is simply a compilation of as many ailments from as I can find, not only to name the remedies but also to show philosophical emphasis. How could I write a paper for the Bureau of Philosophy where it contains so much materia medica? But it seemed to me as I went on with it that I learned something.
Its general spastic character, due to central disease, is well known. Here we mention only, aside from fright action, the reciprocal relation between brain and suppressed discharges, etc., which are based on physical weakness. Accordingly the psyche and the entire body are depressed. Hence it is valuable remedy for residual symptoms.
The summer following the paper-it was read by title in Detroit-I returned from a months vacation. As soon as I got there, the Superintendent of the hospital called me in. He said, “We had a call here from Mellon Brothers.” The caller asked if he had a physician on the staff interested in aluminum.