EDITORIAL. In surgical cases there is much that are carefully selected homoeopathic remedy can do at the proper time and without in the slightest degree trespassing upon the prerogatives of the surgeon. Unfortunately, such a helpful remedy is seldom called upon.



Of late years, in medical journals as well as in the public press, attention has been called to the gradual disappearance of the old-time general practitioner, the time-honored family doctor who faithfully served, from the cradle to grave, the families entrusted to his care and brought the babies into this troubled old world. He never became rich, often served without thought of adequate recompense, but lived a fuller life, secure in the loyalty, confidence and esteem of those entrusted to his care. His eventual passing, now threatened, will leave behind an aching void in the hearts of his patients. May his soul rest in peace.

Modern medicine, with its more numerous, community hospitals, its much greater emphasis upon laboratory diagnosis and scientific attainments, is changing all this, though not without a heavy price, at times seemingly too high to pay. Young physicians, highly trained in every branch of medical and surgical science and technique during their college and hospital interne years, are loathe to settle in remoter districts where the emoluments of practice are comparatively small and where they are too far from the hospital and laboratory facilities to which they have been accustomed.

Small wonder, then, that such graduates prefer to prefect themselves in some special branch of professional endeavor, usually and preferably surgical in character. Specialties have increased in number, often to an absurd degree, and the laity has been educated to accept and now too frequently demands the allegedly superior wisdom and skill of the specialist.

No honest, rightly thinking physician denies the necessity for the skillful specialist, if and when his services are really demanded and has, therefore, no hesitation in calling upon him for aid, especially in the ever increasing field of surgery, a field which seems to widen as the years go by. Yet every physician knows full well that much needless surgery is resorted to in ailments which could be, or at least might have been, relieved and possibly cured by the judicious prescribing of purely medicinal remedies, especially of those to be found in the homoeopathic materia medica.

Unfortunately our remaining allegedly homoeopathic medical colleges, though of the highest professional standing, are subject to the requirements long since established by the powerfully dominant school of medicine throughout the forty-eight states, requirements which must be implicitly obeyed, if the colleges are to continue to enjoy their class A standing. All such requirements have the force of law by virtue of which instruction in the tenets and materia medica of homoeopathy is relegated to a position of pathetically minor importance. Here lies the great danger to the interests and advancement of Homoeopathy with the result that the homoeopathic profession itself has been corrupted and has become to a great extent a caricature of its former self.

Hence each year sees the increasing loss of our former homoeopathic hospitals in which, if homoeopathic practice is applied at all, it for the most part is extremely crude and widely at variance with the fundamental principles as promulgated by the fathers of the homoeopathic school. This departure is with increasing speed destroying the correct practice of homoeopathy, a destruction which the painfully few Hahnemannians are powerless to prevent and whose recruits, who frequently are attracted from the ranks of disappointed members of the Old School, are too small in number to oppose.

If homoeopathy itself as a science and art based, as it is, upon proven, natural laws is to advance instead of undergoing increasing retrogression, it must attract to itself those whose altruism is above mere monetary considerations and who look upon the sick individual as one who must be regarded as a whole not as a collection of individual organs and parts which can be singled out for special treatment. All organs of the body are necessarily interdependent and when one of them is not functioning physiologically, others will soon be affected in like manner until the entire body eventually becomes in a real sense sick.

Royal E S Hayes
Dr Royal Elmore Swift HAYES (1871-1952)
Born in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA on 20 Oct 1871 to Royal Edmund Hayes and Harriet E Merriman. He had at least 4 sons and 1 daughter with Miriam Martha Phillips. He lived in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States in 1880. He died on 20 July 1952, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.