Several weeks ago, while awaiting telephone connections in the doctor’s room of one of Toronto’s largest hospitals, I listened in upon a discussion by four grey-haired physicians. The subject was “the miracle drugs.” Each physician aired his views concerning his experience with one or other of these drugs. They discussed the pros and cons, and there were many cons.
I have, as every true follower of Hahnemann has, met many patients suffering from what are known as side effects following the use of these drugs. Some of these are terrible but these are not broadcast. Others are dismissed as unpleasant incidents to be steered away from in future, if possible.
These are, in reality, crude provings and should be noted in our marginal repertory notes. In a patient who is supposedly cured by such treatment there are only the following conclusions to be drawn:
A–A true homoeopathic cure resulted, but the dose was much too great and left the patient with a drug proving.
B–The patient’s vital force was subjected to a stronger and dissimilar disease (drug disease), in which case, according to the Organon, the weaker or primary disease remained latent or suppressed by the stronger drug disease until this latter has run its course (been discontinued) whereupon the primary disease once more reappears.
This is the true explanation of recurring relapses which so often follow the use of these drugs. There is, however, present in these patients the lowered state of the vital force caused by the assault of the drug disease.
Hahnemann warns that of all diseases those caused by the continued use of pernicious drugs are the most difficult to cure. Are we then, as true physicians, willing to subject our patients to such possibilities? It behooves us to remember and adhere firmly to Hahnemann’s second paragraph of the Organon: “The highest aim of healing is the speedy, gentle and permanent restitution to health, or alleviation and obliteration of disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable and safest manner according to clearly intelligible reasons”.
It is not our mission as true physicians to try this or that new wonder drug of which we do not know the true nature or the correct dose, and which may leave our patient with a new drug disease or a suppression of his original malady.
Just as I got my telephone connection this little conference ended. And what do you think their final conclusion was? “Aspirin is still the best and safest of them.