The World's Present-Day Need of Homeopathy
At the Hammersmith hospital , I did not have the occasion to
listen to this lecture in the Royal Postgraduate School of medicine, University of London, years back. But, I caught up with this much neglected topic, delivered years ago, yesterday when I was looking for booklets in the library.
Quoting Dr. Alva Benjamin
" Take the case of Cortisone. Dr. L. C. Cope, Physician at the Postgraduate Medical School of London, has said:
"Cortisone and Corticotrophin do not cure, they merely suppress some manifestations of disease."
When this remedy is administered in adrenal disorders such as Addison's Disease, one cannot raise any valid objection to its use. It is then used as a substitution treatment just as insulin in diabetes. Occasionally Cortisone therapy is indicated to inhibit the uncontrolled activity of an abnormal adrenal, leading to pseudohermaphroditism in female infants and young adults and precocious puberty in males. But when one comes to consider its use empirically for so many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and disseminated lupus erythematosus, one wonders whether it is justified as it cures none of these, can only palliate while being administered, and if stopped, the disease may manifest itself in a much aggravated form. In a recent investigation carried out under the auspices of the Medical (Research Council of Great Britain), it was found that in early rheumatoid arthritis, Cortisone was not more effective than aspirin in retarding the progress of the disease.
If this unpleasant development of possible aggravation were not enough, one has to remember the long list of side effects that have been recorded, true, in only a proportion of patients so treated, e.g., water retention, glycosuria, hirsutism, acne, amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhcea, psychoses, especially in collagen diseases; the activation of latent tuberculosis, the suppression of symptoms of very severe illnesses, e.g., pneumonia, peritonitis from raptured peptic ulcer or gangrenous appendix, etc. Even a minority possibly so adversely affected should make us ponder very seriously before employing such a double-edged weapon. "
Sir William Osler, who was the Dean of the Medical School of the Johns Hopkins University, also Emeritus Professor at Oxford, and well considered one of the world's greatest medical teachers and authorities, has put this on record:
"It is not as if our homeopathic brethren are asleep; far from it, they are awake to the importance of the scientific study of disease. It is distressing that so many good men live isolated in a measure from the great body of the profession. The grievous mistake was ours: to quarrel with our brothers over infinitesimals was a most unwise and stupid thing to do."
It is all here in this 11-page booklet:
" The World's Present-Day Need of Homeopathy "
by Dr. Alva Benjamin
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