WHERE THE PUBLIC COMES IN.
THE query we published in March about the conversion of the Massachusetts Homoeopathic Hospital into the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital has drawn a vigorous reply in the negative from our friend Dr. Petrie Hoyle. It is rather lengthy to be produced entirely, but it is too good to be lost, so we will gives as much of it as we have space for.
Spruce Creek Bend,
Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.
April 3rd, 1931.
DEAR DR. CLARKE, To explain this letter I refer your readers to page 59, March, 1931, issue of THE HOMOEOPATHIC WORLD.
You have a perfect right to question the sanity involved in the loss to our School of the Boston University Homoeopathic Medical College and the Massachusetts Homoeopathic Hospital. It is the darkest page in the history of Homoeopathy in U.S.A., or the world of Homoeopathy, for that matter. It amounts to a “betrayal” of our interests, which none of us on this side can quite fathom or understand. You may take this as a fact: “The Homoeopathic Lamp is to lie inside the allopathic Lion” as far as Boston is concerned. There has been some stupid and spineless work somewhere within our once renowned stronghold of New England Homoeopathy.
Let me first state that there are many staunch Homoeopaths still in Boston and New England who deplore this “betrayal” of our interests to the allopaths. Our School, as a whole, in U.S.A., stands aghast at this” Renaissance.”.
It is history that the Boston University Homoeopathic Medical College at one time stood second to no other Homoeopathic institution in U.S.A., and that being so, it is all the more incomprehensible how this apostacy had happened.”.
It has been suggested to me that certain old leaders, tiring, after many years faithful work for Homoeopathy, suddenly found themselves” age-embarrassed” with their honourable struggle, and as these leaders had kept such a tight grip on the affairs of the institution, never permitting the next-in-line of succession to learn how to rule or carry on the burden, for I admit that such work is a burden , suddenly decided that, as they had no “experienced leaders” and how could they have, when they never divided responsibilities? they had better drop the struggle, and take the line of least resistance, hence the debacle, such as we now find.
Since the establishment of Homoeopathy in 1776, the policy of the allopaths has been our destruction; they having tried many methods, known to all of us as “history,” and in this instance they employed a new method, that of fair and false words, yes, honeyed and false to the core!.
As crushing Homoeopathy by “law” was not to be thought of they flattered our men with fair words, offering them “peace-great friendship,” and that they should all be taken in as “members of their local allopathic Medical societies.” How this has worked out is just now becoming apparent.
To a very extent this local sop was accepted by many of our men, to their ultimate and present undoing. How can they fight back, once having “smoked the pipe of peace”?.
The only stipulation, as far as I can hear, was that the words “Homoeopathy” and “Homoeopathic” should disappear entirely, as they were unnecessary, now that they were all to be such loving “brother,” and it has, with a vengeance. Where are we now?.
This move may have appeared very innocent, at first, and our “leaders” being too tired and too old to lead, may have, fancies the millennium had arrived, but I ask, who, with a modicum of reserve force, and having an ardent love of and belief in Homoeopathy, could have believed in such advances, coming directly, as was most apparent, from our inherited enemies?.
What was to be gained by our School by such a “barter”? Did we not, or did they not, know that we have something certain to rely on, and which the allopaths had ever scoffed at? Had we not a “Law of Nature” to guide us in our choice of medicines?.
Had the allopaths ever evinced any inclination to study Homoeopathy? Was a drunkard ever “cured” after marriage?.
THE POSITION OF THE PUBLIC.
The allopaths sole aim seems to be the total destruction of Homoeopathy. Turn to page 431 of the Universal Medical Records (British), May, 1941, and read what the allopaths say: “Homoeopathy is being quietly suffocated out of existence,” These words are their own, and evidently their line of action, which should be interesting to the general public.
For if all our doctors were to betray Homoeopathy, the public will not permit it. In the new International Homoeopathic Directory (in press April, 1931) you will find that Holland has but some thirty -five Homoeopathic doctors, whilst one firm of German chemists has about one thousand pharmacy agents in that country for the sale of their “lead-sealed” Homoeopathic medicines, which proves that the laity demand and employ Homoeopathy when they cannot get a Homoeopathic doctor, and this they do to the limit of their courage; and this is but one instance of the intense faith the laity have in Homoeopathy. Up to a certain point, being a Law of Nature, Homoeopathy is SIMPLE! It is safe!.
The Boston allopaths may have gained a local victory for a time, but I have faith in the “come-back” of Homoeopathy, the world over. This loss is going to stiffen somebodys back. This does not excuse what has transpired. American Homoeopaths are aghast and very much ashamed.
The John C. Haynes Memorial Hospital for Contagious Cases was given for Homoeopathy, and nothing else. In its first four and-a- half years it had a death rate of but 5.44 per cent., which included those cases dying within the first forty-eight hours, which are now not called “Institutional risks,” and so without these deaths the rate would stand much lower. For the year 1910 its death rate was but 3.72 per cent.
Can any allopathic hospital for contagious cases equal these figures, that is when the first forty-eight hours deaths are included?.
I suggest that this grievous loss has taken place through lack of judgment, and incapacity, and not as wilful betrayal, but it serves to warm other Homoeopathic centres of what can happen if there is not eternal vigilance. Every hospital requires an active lay group.
Another “bequest” to our “once beloved” Boston University Homoeopathic Medical School was the Robert Dawson Evans Memorial Building used by this Boston Homoeopathic centre for Clinical Research and Preventive Medicine. It is four storeys tall, the second and third storeys being used for patients with obscure ailments, etc. The ground floor was a lecture hall and the top for laboratories for special research. These were given to Homoeopathy by families who had received great benefit from Homoeopathy.
I suggest that the heirs of both the Evans Memorial and the John C. Haynes Memorial should try to find out if these monuments to and for Homoeopathy cannot be saved from the general debacle.
Only this week I am back from an extensive trip to South America, and the Homoeopaths of Rio de Janeiro can tell another story. They possess a National Homoeopathic College supported entirely by the Government of Brazil, whose members were wide awake enough to see that it was to the benefit of the public, as in private hands so much had been accomplished by Homoeopathy in various serious epidemics. Homoeopathy was introduced into Brazil in 1835. The College, which had been run as a Corporation for many years, was made part of the Government scheme in 1918. The full history can be read in the International Homoeopathic Directory, now in in the press. Buy or order a copy before too late.
Suffice it to say here that Homoeopathic College at Rio de janeiro is very flourishing, and has enrolled for the coming session some seven hundred students, for all its classes. Its medical course is six years, the same as for the Government allopathic school. There must be no fancied superiority of the allopathic school. There must be not fancied superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race here, for most of our Brazilian Homoeopathic colleagues speak and read some three to five languages, which beasts the Anglo-Saxons I know, the world over.
This brings me to my favourite theme! Let the Homoeopaths seriously enter on a vigorous campaign of LAY PROPAGANDA. WE have no right to hide our benefits. As to our publicity, your readers should turn to your March issue of THE HOMOEOPATHIC WORLD and read about the allopaths “advertising,” then go ahead and fear nothing. It is our duty, neither more nor less.
The Germans issue a lay journal in some 30,000 copies twice a months, and that is where Homoeopathy is spreading most at this moment. The Brazilians also issue a monthly journal, free, in many thousands of copies monthly, and also the French and Spaniards are doing this “informative propaganda” about Homoeopathy. Now the A.I.H. has taken over Your Health a monthly magazine also for the laity. Let the British Homoeopathic Association take this work on, and become a strictly lay society.
Sincerely yours, for Homoeopathy and strong lay propaganda of Homoeopathy.
E. PETRIE HOYLE.
INSULIN IN THE VOMITING OF PREGNANCY. E. Sachs (Med. Klinik, April 15th, 1927, p. 550) has found insulin treatment successful in severe cases of the vomiting of pregnancy when patients were losing weight and rejecting food. He begins with small injections of 5 units twice a day and progresses to two daily doses of 20 units. These doses are not preceded by the administration of carbohydrates, and it is to this that he believes the efficacy of the treatment is due. Symptoms of hypoglycemia have never appeared.
The improvement is immediate; the patients cease to vomit, their appetite improves, and they gain in weight. The mode of action is obscure, but the author holds that since the causation of the disease is possibly psychological, its treatment along the same lines-namely, by the administration of a popular drug-is at least justified by the results. British Medical Journal, June 4th, 1927.