Dear Dr. Sutherland:
I have just returned from my vacation and found your letter waiting for me.
First of all, I want to express my sincere appreciation of the honor conferred upon me when the I.H.A. elected me Second Vice President of that organization, though I must say that I don’t see why you conferred that honor upon me, when I never have done anything at all for the Association.
I have been practicing homoeopathy here in Sweden for over twenty years and, up to a few years ago, I tried to spread the knowledge of homoeopathy to my countrymen by editing a homoeopathic journal and by public lectures on homoeopathy. However, since I saw that my propaganda didn’t bring any other results than to help the work of all the quacks that claim to be practicing homoeopathy here in Sweden, I decided to stop my propaganda work.
At present homoeopathy here in Sweden is facing a most severe crisis. In the fall of 1951 it was discovered that a firm which claimed to manufacture homoeopathic medicines had simply put some labels with names of homoeopathic drugs on bottles which contained nothing but pure sugar of milk pills. The pills had neither been medicated nor potentized. The firm had sold those pills to the lay practitioners who claimed to get “marvellous results” from these “medicines.” The Medical Board of Sweden has always been very hostile to homoeopathy, so this drug fraud gave the Board a very good opportunity to try to stop homoeopathy al- together here in Sweden.
The Board has therefore asked the Parliament to pass a bill which will practically stop all sale and manufacture of homoeopathic drugs in this country. Whether the Parliament will pass that bill remains, however, to be seen, since on a couple of previous occasions it has taken a rather understanding attitude towards homoeopathy. A large part of the population of Sweden has had a great confidence in homoeopathy, but after the discovery of that drug fraud this confidence has lessened considerably, and it is therefore possible that the Parliament now will pass a bill which they probably never could have passed before that fraud was discovered. I cannot as yet say what the outcome will be. But we are hoping for the best anyhow. The bill will probably not be brought before the Parliament before 1954 or 1955.
Enclosed in this letter, please find a cheque for 15 for my I.H.A. dues for this year.