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    “I have no faith whatever in medicine.” Dr. BAILIE, of London.HHTL 164.3

    “The medical practice of our day is, at the best a most uncertain and unsatisfactory system; it has neither philosophy nor common sense to commend it to conscience.”HHTL 164.4

    Professor EVANS, Fellow of the Royal College, London.HHTL 164.5

    “Gentlemen, ninety-nine out of every hundred medical facts are medical lies; and medical doctrines are, for the most part, stark, staring nonsense.”HHTL 164.6

    Professor GREGORY, of Edinburgh, Scotland.HHTL 164.7

    “I am incessantly led to make an apology for the instability of the theories and practice of physic. Those physicians generally become the most eminent who have most thoroughly emancipated themselves from the tyranny of the schools of medicine. Dissections daily convince us of our ignorance of disease, and cause us to blush at our prescriptions. What mischiefs have we not done under the belief of false facts and false theories! We have assisted in multiplying diseases; we have done more: we have increased their fatality.”HHTL 164.8

    BENJAMIN RUSH, M. D., Formerly Professor in the first Medical College in Philadelphia.HHTL 164.9

    “It cannot be denied that the present system of medicine is a burning shame to its professors, if indeed a series of vague and uncertain incongruities deserves to be called by that name. How rarely do our medicines do good! How often do they make our patients really worse! I fearlessly assert that in most cases the sufferer would be safer without a physician than with one. I have seen enough of the mal-practice of my professional brethren to warrant the strong language I employ.”HHTL 164.10

    Dr. RAMAGE, Fellow of the Royal College, London.HHTL 165.1

    “Assuredly the uncertain and most unsatisfactory art that we call medical science, is no science at all, but a jumble of inconsistent opinions; of conclusions hastily and often incorrectly drawn; of facts misunderstood or perverted; of comparisons without analogy; of hypotheses without reason, and theories not only useless, but dangerous.”HHTL 165.2

    Dublin Medical JournalHHTL 165.3

    “Some patients get well with the aid of medicine; more without it; and still more in spite of it.”HHTL 165.4

    Sir JOHN FORBES, M. D., F. R. S. Physician to Queen Victoria.HHTL 165.5

    “Thousands are annually slaughtered in the quiet sick room. Governments should at once either banish medical men, and proscribe their blundering art, or they should adopt some better means to protect the lives of the people than at present prevail, when they look far less after the practice of this dangerous profession, and the murders committed in it, than after the lowest trades.”HHTL 165.6

    Dr. FRANK, an eminent European author and Practitioner.HHTL 165.7

    “Let us no longer wonder at the lamentable want of success which marks our practice, when there is scarcely a sound physiological principle among us. I hesitate not to declare, no matter how sorely I shall wound our vanity, that so gross is our ignorance of the real nature of the physiological disorder called disease, that it would, perhaps, be better to do nothing, and resign the complaint into the hands of nature, than to act as we are frequently compelled to do, without knowing the why and the wherefore of our conduct, at the obvious risk of hastening the end of our patient.” M. MAGENDIE, the eminent French Physiologist and Pathologist.HHTL 165.8

    “I may observe, that, of the whole number of fatal cases in infancy, a great proportion occur from the inappropriate or undue application of exhausting remedies.”HHTL 166.1

    Dr. MARSHALL HALL, the distinguished English Physiologist.HHTL 166.2

    “Our actual information or knowledge of disease does not increase in proportion to our experimental practice. Every dose of medicine given is a blind experiment upon the vitality of the patient.”HHTL 166.3

    Dr. BOSTOCK, author of the “History of Medicine.”HHTL 166.4

    “I wish not to detract from the exalted profession to which I have the honor to belong, and which includes many of my warmest and most valued friends; yet it can not answer to my conscience to withhold the acknowledgment of my firm belief, that the medical profession (with its prevailing mode of practice) is productive of vastly more evil than good; and were it absolutely abolished, mankind would be infinitely the gainer.”HHTL 166.5

    FRANCIS COGGSWELL, M. D., of Boston.HHTL 166.6

    “The science of medicine is a barbarous jargon, and the effects of our medicines on the human system in the highest degree uncertain, except, indeed, that they have destroyed more lives than war, pestilence, and famine combined.”HHTL 166.7

    JOHN MASON GOOD, M. D., F. R. S. Author of “Book of Nature,” “A system of Nosology,” “Study of Medicine,.” etc.HHTL 166.8

    “I declare, as my conscientious conviction, founded on long experience and reflection, that if there was not a single physician, surgeon, man-midwife, chemist, apothecary, druggist, nor drug on the face of the earth there would be less sickness and less mortality than now prevail.”HHTL 166.9

    JAMES JOHNSON, M. D., F. R. S., Editor of the Medico-Chirurgical Review.HHTL 166.10

    These extracts, which might very easily be extended so as to fill a large volume, shall conclude with the following confession and declaration deliberately adopted and recorded by the members of the National Medical Convention, representing the elite of the profession of the United States, held in St. Louis, Mo., a few years ago:HHTL 166.11

    “It is wholly incontestable that there exists a widespread dissatisfaction with what is called the regular or old allopathic system of medical practice. Multitudes of people in this country and in Europe express an utter want of confidence in physicians and their physic. The cause is evident: erroneous theory and, springing from it, injurious, often — very often — FATAL PRACTICE! Nothing will now subserve the absolute requisitions of an intelligent community but a medical doctrine grounded upon right reason, in harmony with, and avouched by the unerring laws of nature and of the vital organism, and authenticated and confirmed by successful results.”HHTL 167.1

    And now, since the assembled wisdom of the medical profession of this country has condemned its own system “as erroneous in theory” and “fatal in practice,” let us turn to the processes and appliances of the Hygeio-Therapeutic system. — Water-Cure for the Million, pp. 3-12.HHTL 167.2

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