I was asked by Doctor Lucy Swanton Clark to prepare a paper on “How to Protect the Homoeopathic Materia Medica,” which to me seems like an odd subject, for there is not much that can be said about it. The only danger to the homoeopathic materia medica is its atrophy and death due to disuse; therefore we should concern ourselves with what can be done to keep the materia medica in use.
The only way to keep the materia medica from going into disuse is to get new men interested in Homoeopathy and thus in the materia medica, for we are losing homoeopaths faster than we are replacing them. As I have stated in papers elsewhere, the way to get more men interested in Homoeopathy is to establish it as a specialty. When we have done that we shall immediately lose sectarian ridicule and we also shall become more attractive to younger men who have been taught specialities and have grown up in an age of specialization.
As you know, England has Homoeopathy as a post graduate specialty. Dr. Clark wrote me that this specialty was set up by an act of parliament. However, in this country specialities are not set up by politicians but are the banding together of a group of doctors mutually interested in one branch of medicine who incorporate themselves and set up specifications to test the men in this field so that they may be certified as having adequate knowledge of that branch of medicine.
In conclusion, it is my opinion that a specialty is the only salvation for Homoeopathy and its materia medica and that, if we are to save it, we must act now as the next meeting will be too late, because the next meeting is always one year in the future. There have been a number of individual efforts along this line and I have received numerous inquiries and letters concerning these efforts, and the authors all the anxious to see this done. So, if this convention wants to accomplish something worth while for Homoeopathy, it should organize a united effort for the incorporation of Homoeopathy into a specialty.
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