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liguant, or allowing the patient to go on for years suffering from symptoms of indigestion, when the same may really be due to some trouble with the appendix.

We know that an early exploratory incision cannot possibly do any harm if done carefully by a good operator, and in the great majority of obscure, so-called "stomach cases," we will discover the cause, and at the same time give them the best chance for a radical cure, which they • absolutely cannot get in any other way.

General Discussion.-Exceptions have been taken to the statistics quoted, the assertion being made, "They are misleading, and absolutely absurd."

Let us stop for a moment. Is it not upon the recorded observations. and results of careful, conscientious, scientific men that we are able to reach any definite conclusions? We cannot get away from the fact that the opinion of such men as I have just quoted, with their hundreds of cases, must have some weight.

I regret exceedingly that these men are not present tonight to learn the true and only cause of gastric ulcer, as we have had several very unique, if not scientific, theories advanced.

It is certainly surprising how readily some of us form an opinion after having had two or three cases of the same disease, and how quickly we put ourselves on record as being the only and original discoverers of a new theory.

Let us not allow our minds to become so centered upon the stomach that we forget the fact that many abdominal organs give expression to their troubles through the stomach, but let us bear in mind that over seventy per cent. of so-called stomach trouble is due to conditions in other organs.

BATHS. The indiscriminate prescription of hydrotherapy in neurotic states has done much harm; for instance in hysteria, where the systematic use of the cold douche is barbarism, drawing the attention to the unpleasant sensation and not to the matter causing the morbid symp


It is thus, if anything, harmful to the patient's mind, and this is hardly compensated for by any benefit to the body.

The cold bath is chiefly indicated in neurotic states, of which indolence is a feature. Besides the calming influence and the eliminative effect of warm baths their usefulness in minimizing the tension of the muscles in meningitis must not be forgotten, and the suspension of the body in water facilitates the first feeble movements during the recovery from poliomyelitis.-Baker, in Hahnemannian Monthly.

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Two New Ventures in Medical Journalism. We say visedly, because The Critique has been born again with a motto wholly in keeping with present day alertness: "Homeopathy Militant." The editor says it has a " scrappy sound." But not to our ears. Rather it rings with the militancy of the day, the slogan of the militant citizen, “no taxation without representation;" the militant state society, "no state medical school under class legislation;" the militant national movement, "no national board of health without a square deal;" and a host of militant civic movements all over the land. clearly a militant age, and he who is too indolent to put on his fighting clothes will be relegated to the retired list.

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The homeopathic physicians of Colorado are not retired. Under the captaincy of Dr. Charles E. Fisher they are enlisted to carry the Institute meeting of 1913 to Denver. The Denver meeting of 1894, and the Colorado day on the journey to California in 1910 insure a pleasant recollection of the east slope of the Rockies. Success to The Critique in its militancy in everything which is wholesome.

The second journal is The Homeopathician. We would like it better with a simpler name. A seven syllable word suggests ponderosity. But the editors, Dr. Kent and Dr. Loos are quite sufficient to keep this new journal on a high plane of conciseness and efficiency. The definite purpose of the journal is the exposition of the principles and practice of homeopathy. The old-time story of Constantine Hering is worth repeating every decade:

"Constantine Hering was an eminent allopath of his day, in the early days of homeopathy in Germany, when he was commissioned to write a denouncement of homeopathy. On making his investigations for this purpose he discovered homeopathy to be founded on exact principles of which the further study made him a convert to that science. When his thesis was written, it was in support of that which he had been commissioned to refute."

It has often been remarked that the strongest convictions in the homeopathic ranks are in the minds of those who have tried old school methods and found them wanting.

S. M. H.

Drug Disproving-A New Commandment.-The law of similars, the minimum dose and the proving of drugs upon the healthy may be called the sacred trinity of the homeopathic faith. So long have we builded upon them and so unassailable have they proved to be that to many they have seemed to be all sufficient. With some measure of justice we have been accused of making of these principles a dogma, and dogma in scientific matters means stagnation and decay.

It is cheering, therefore, to observe that we are escaping from this unhappy situation. We have among us an increasing number of those whom Doctor Tenney has called young Turks who show their loyalty to old principles, not by blind faith but by subjecting them to the strictest modern tests. Out of this already is growing a renewed confidence in the essentials of homeopathic teaching as we see how they square with the results of scientific research.

Naturally, too, some of our teachings have failed to stand the test and it becomes more apparent what a load of worthless material has cumbered our therapeutic cargo. Long have we felt the load but we have saved and hoarded from the fear that we might "throw away the baby with the water from the bath."

But new discoveries bring new opportunities, and even our good old articles of faith are being amplified. Now out of the east comes a prophet with a new commandment and if we are wise we will pay a large amount of attention to what he says. Like all good prophets he speaks by inference, and what he does not say is the most significant part of his message. It is called "A Study of the Effects of Millefolium," etc., by John G. Wurtz, M. D., of Philadelphia, and appears as the first article in the American Institute Journal for 1912.

By accident or by inspiration, Editor Horner has begun his new year with a new departure of great significance. Not that the "effects,

etc.," are of overwhelming importance; not that Dr. Wurtz' concluclusions are necessarily final. But in his frank, sincere and apparently accurate report Dr. Wurtz has pointed the way to great opportunities for labor in the field of drug disproving. Here, then, is our new commandment. Not only must we prove all things and hold fast that which is good, but we must disprove that which is no good and rid ourselves of the incumbrance.

This looks like a beginning for the result of the "Study of the Effects," etc., is the conclusion that millefolium, at least as regards coagulation or blood pressure, is entirely without value. This in view of the fact that the remedy is prescribed for the control of hemorrhage of the type affected by these two factors. Like many other drugs it is so prescribed solely upon the evidence of a few provings supplemented by clinical reports.

Time was when these had to suffice for there was nothing else and the wonder is that so much of enduring value in homeopathic therapeutics was developed by such measures.

But now that we have more accurate means of observation our conclusions must be re-tested and some of them must no doubt be abandoned. So many of them have already stood the test and been confirmed by modern research that we can well afford to admit the errors and boldly begin the work of dis-proving. It is easy to applaud the man who confirms our pet theories but the one who shows where they are wrong gets fewer bouquets. Doctor Wurtz may not have said the final word on millefolium but what he has said appeals strongly to the scientific spirit. Many other things one hopes to see subjected to his impartial scrutiny. The Contantine Hering Laboratory may yet do a work more notable than that of the distinguished man in whose honor it was established. Possibly in some far time the disproving crusade may even invade Regular Medicine with its kaleidoscopic therapy of twelve hundred colors. One wonders what will then remain, but as Shakespeare says, ""Twere to consider too curiously to consider so."

B. H.

Our Legislature.—As a result of the herculean efforts of the Chicago Homeopathic Medical Society one solitary homeopath turned up in Springfield the morning on which the bill allowing the College of Physicians and Surgeons $100,000 per annum came up. We can look back to a time when not one, but a dozen mailed warriors of the homeopathic faith would have been on hand, vying with one another for the privilege of meeting the adversary.

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Yet our lone hero seemed to show the rest of us the way, for after he came back unscathed from the lion's den others of us plucked up courage and next time there were two or three more. And so on, until the work of fighting the bill was finished.

Now that the wedge has been entered and the victory won, doubtless plenty of friends will flock to our standard, until homeopathy gets its share, and a square deal for all is assured.

Let us, however, not forget that in the great state of Illinois, with its thousands of homeopathic patrons and its one thousand homeopathic physicians, only one of the latter, FitzPatrick, of Chicago, was in Springfield when the bill came up. And if credit is to be given to those who later put their shoulders to the wheel it should not fail to include among them this man who, on two hours' notice, left Chicago and went to the front.

Regardless of the merits of the case or of which side is right total absence of representation on our part would have been an everlasting and humiliating disgrace to the memory of those vigorous and virile homeopaths who once upon a time stood up for a principle in which they believed and for which they were willing to make a sacrifice. FitzPatrick had listened it seems to the teachings of these men and absorbed some of their energy and enthusiasm, and while others were talking about it he was on his way.

Is it not surprising, we ask of those of us who remember the days of yore, this supineness of the homeopathic profession of Illinois in the face of developments of the utmost importance to all of us? Not that we wish to take the extreme partisan or sectarian view, to obstruct legislation or to make ourselves obnoxious in any way. But when things are going on, should we not have a say as well as the other fellow? And what will the other fellow think of us if we hold aloof?. There is only one word to define such a status and that scientifically is termed microcephalic.

C. M.

A Word to the Medical Graduate.-The spring is drawing near. It will not be long before the young man with his thoughts lightly turning to "locations" will emerge half-dazed from the ordeal of the State Board quiz and looking at himself in the glass behold a real doctor! Now it is perfectly natural and in most cases highly necessary that his first thought should be for a location where he can "succeed." And by succeed he means make money. Well and good, so far as this applies to the earning of sufficient money by honorable means to enable

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