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January 18, 1902


Author Affiliations

Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chicago, and Medical Superintendent, Alma Sanitarium, Alma, Mich. ALMA, MICH.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):155-157. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480030013001d

In medicine the law of action and reaction is peculiarly evident in therapeutics. Remedies arise, are boomed and disappear. Some markedly efficient are flung into the background, not because of lack of value, but because of popular prejudice arising in the minds of neuropaths and for commercial reasons affecting physicians. The influence of sects in medicine in this particular is much less than is usually assumed. Sects based on opposition to any therapeutic procedure are expressions of the opinion of neuropaths rather than their cause. Such sects notoriously long retain primitive therapeutic procedures which the profession has outgrown.

Hahnemannism retains the skatologic procedures which the profession long ago rejected with disgust. Thus a Boston homeopathic firm issues a price-list of so-called animal remedies. This offers for sale at a fixed price, on page 20, potentized pediculi pubis, pediculi capitis and pediculi corporis. "Culture" would seem to have something to do