SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT


SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. Personally, I feel that we have drifted so far down the rapids that there is no chance of our being rescued and all the satisfaction left for me is the poor one of saying, “I told you so”. Now what can we offer the masses attractive enough to lure them from the trap they are headed for in the Wagner-Murray- Dingle bill?.


I was asked to give a paper on Philosophy. I suspect the chairman wanted Homoeopathic Philosophy but he didnt specify, so I have assumed the privilege of talking like a philosopher.

All down through the ages wise men have given good advice and, in a general way, have been disregarded until long after they were dead. Ben Franklin, I am sure, had considerable to do in shaping our destinies in his time; and in our present day Will Rogers gave us plenty to think about in his own quaint way of wise cracking.

It has taken me all this time to build you up to what I really want to talk about. That is the deplorable state of affairs the medical profession is in to-day; not just we homoeopaths, but the whole medical profession at large.

History is about ready to repeat itself in what I like to call “The Boston Tea Party”, meaning Trumans Compulsory Health Insurance.

The medical specialists have “Kited” their fees to a point where the nation is rising up and are determined to get out of the squeeze these pirates have put them in.

When Babylon fell, that wise old prophet, Jeremiah, told the king there was still time to be saved if he would forswear his false gods, but he scorned him. So that was the last of Babylon.

Personally, I feel that we have drifted so far down the rapids that there is no chance of our being rescued and all the satisfaction left for me is the poor one of saying, “I told you so”. Now what can we offer the masses attractive enough to lure them from the trap they are headed for in the Wagner-Murray- Dingle bill?.

I am going to give you something to think about: I practised Obstetrics for about fifty years with as good a mortality rating as the best of the specialists have, and I am sure that less than one percent were in the Hospital. And for the past thirty years I have had only one case of appendicitis operated; maybe I am slipping, because that one case last year, after I had had a clear record for twenty-nine years.

I have a clear record for peptic and duodenal ulcers, and no patient of mine have their tonsils removed by the surgeons.

I am not boasting; plenty of the members here who practice pure Hahnemannian Homoeopathy are doing the same. What I aim to do is to make a contrast of this kind of work and results with what is prevalent in the medical field today.

To summarize briefly, if we were to cut off ninety percent of the surgery, the same amount for obstetrics, there never would be a Wagner-Murray-Dingle bill, there is a Wagner Murray-Dingle bill and the medical profession is to blame for it. AKRON, OHIO.

DISCUSSION.

DR. ALLAN D. SUTHERLAND [Brattleboro, Vermont]: Mr. Chairman, I was glad to hear that Dr. Dixon said his patients still have their tonsils. I dont know what method he uses to keep the tonsils in. [Laughter] I wish he would tell me, because I would like to know it. I proselyte homoeopathy all I can in my practice, and I give patients heart-to-heart talks on the evils of tonsillectomy only to find when I go to the hospital the next day that some little patient of mine is scheduled to have his tonsils out. That happens all the time.

We have a great deal to contend with in the so-called school programs, and so forth. They examine these kids and they look at a tonsil. If it looks a little larger that the end of your thumb, they send to note to the parents that the tonsils have to come out. Some of the parents immediately arrange for the tonsillectomy. Some of them consult me and I give them the “straight dope” on the situation, and the next day the patients are in the hospital! It is quite a difficult proposition. I will have to talk with Dr. Dixon and find out how he works it.

CHAIRMAN WAFFENSMITH: It may be that if you say less about the operation and suggest to the mother that you prepare the patient for the operation, after the preparation is finished, they would probably forget about it.

DR. SUTHERLAND: It is possible.

DR. A. H. GRIMMER [Chicago, Illinois]: I want to say a few words to Dr. Dixons paper. Dr. Dixon always gives us something to think about. That is worthwhile. What he said is largely true. We are drifting down a very dangerous rapids, but I am not quite as pessimistic as he is.

I think that out of this will come good. I think homoeopathy is about to be discovered by the old school people themselves. There are many indications along those lines.

MEMBER: Lord help us!.

DR. GRIMMER: Well, yes, it may be true at first, but I think eventually they will get into the right way. There are a lot of them that are taking up even the smallest doses and we are not opposed to some of these men. And you take the psychosomatic branch of the old school and they are getting on pretty close to the Hahnemannian idea about the mental and emotional states producing sickness.

Charles A. Dixon
Dr Charles A. DIXON (1870-1959), M.D.
Akron, Ohio
President, I.H.A.