Nash states: “The old saying used to be (and was sanctioned by Hahnemann) that acute diseases generally tend to recovery ; chronic never.
There is much truth in it. None but the true homoeopathic physician realizes the importance of thoroughly taking and working out such cases. It is worth $25 to $100 to make the first study of a very difficult case, and mark out the line of treatment. Rarely will a case come out so clearly that the cure can be per- formed with one remedy; but a succession of remedies will be necessary, and here is where the so- called complementary relations of remedies come in for recognition and skillful application.
Some will object that they cannot afford to pay such a price for a single study of a case. Well, it is probable that such will pay more than that for work done over and over again, because not well done at the start ; and worse still, will stand little if any chance of ever getting a cure. It is a clear case of ” penny wise and pound foolish.’ ‘
Many persons go through life invalids, patching symptoms, or temporary manifestations of disease, which, if understood and dealt with in their entirety, as they should have been at the start, they might have been well and happy. To be sure it is for the pecuniary advantage of the physician to do that kind of patching a few dollars at a time, without curing it. It makes him, or some brother physician, a ” job” for life. If the patient gets tired, or disgusted, and goes to Dr. A., one of Dr. A.’s patients does the same thing, and comes to him, and so the good work goes on. Physicians are about the only profession that are expected to do a good job for the same pay as a poor one. They are not expected to charge any more for prescribing for phthisis pulmonalis or any other chronic case that takes a week of careful study to do good work than they do for a simple case of indigestion from over-eating, which would get well of itself if let alone. The physician cannot therefore in justice to himself and the family dependant upon him spend the necessary time upon it. The pay is the same. So the doctor gets discouraged because he is not paid for good work, and the patient because he, or she, gets no benefit.
The biggest humbugs on earth get more wealth out of patent nostrums, out of the “grand elleptical Asiatical panticurial nervous cordials” that are warranted to cure all the ills to which flesh is heir than the most educated, able and conscientious physician in the world. Hence there is small encouragetnent for the educated physician, and less hope for the victims. Clairvoyants, ignorant Indians, charlatans and quacks of all shades and varieties ” boom their wares,” and the true physician looks on disgusted, but helpless.
The people as ignorant of medicine as those who impose upon them “want to be humbugged” and are. If we object we will be met with the bluff that “you are mad be- cause you want the money there is in it.” What do the quacks and pretenders want ? But there is after all a bright side to this picture. There are persons, and quite a good “many of them, who believe in the educated physician as well as educated men in the other professions. They know how to appreciate the study, time, patience and pains-taking of the honest physician who works for them, and are willing to pay him. Only for this the practice of medicine, scientific medicine, would become a lost art. “