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Full text of "Report of the Select Committee, relative to establishing a Homeopathic Department in the University of Michigan"

Legislature, ) ( House Doc. 

1861. j { No. 25. 



[ No. 25. J 

REPORT of the Select Committee, relative to establishing & 
Homeopathic Department in the University of Michigan. 

The select committee to whom was referred 

A bill to amend chapter 15 of the compiled laws, and to pro- 
vide for the homeopathic department in the University of Mich- 
igan, 

With instructions to report thereon for the information of the 
House upon the subject to which the bill relates, has had the 
same under consideration, and in obedience to »aid instruc- 
tions, begs leave to report : 

When the medical department of the University was organ; 
izcd, the homeopathic science was not sufficiently known in this 
State, and had not a sufficient number of patrons and practi- 
tioners to entitle it to so much consideration at the hands of the 
people, as to call for the opening of a department, and the estab- 
lishment of professorships for teaching its doctrines and prac- 
tice. It was in this country comparatively new, feeble and un- 
known. 

The case is now very different. There are at this time over 
1 



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120 Homeopathic physcians in this State, (besides a large num- 
ber of A.llopathist8 who desire this measure,) and it cannot be 
denied that they will compare, in point of intelligence, moral 
worth and scientific attainments, most favorably with the same 
number of men in any of the liberal professions. In point of 
skill and success in accomplishing the object of the medical 
profession, to wit : in the care of diseases, they stand pre-emi- 
nent. The patrons of the 120 Homeopathists, numbering, 
doubtless, over 200,000 of the people of this State — at least 
one-third of the whole population — are in all sections, beyouJ 
cavil, most substantial and intelligent citizens. It is not a 
system that addresses itself to the low and vulgar, to the igno- 
rant and sensual, but to the temperate, cautious, close observ- 
ing, investigating and intelligent minds. 

, It is fit and proper, it is for the interest of the people and the 
prosperity of the Institution, that what is true, philosophical 
and most useful in medical science and practice, should be fully 
and fairly presented. The student who resorts to the Universi- 
ty for his professional training should have, and has a riglit to 
demand, instruction in the most improved, safe and certain mode 
of relieving distress and removing disease. When this can be 
done so conveniently and so cheaply as it can by the arrange- 
ment now proposed, it is the part of wisdom and of justice to do 
it ; even if the number of people and phj'sicians demanding it 
was not one-tenth what it really is. 

The necessity of a separate department for instruction in the 
homeopathic materia medica, and homeopathic theory and prac- 
tice, arises from the fact that the manner of ascertaining the 
effects of remedies and their relation to diseased conditions of 
the human system, as well as the law that guides in their prac- 
tical application, is essentially different from that of the old 
school ; and as abundant experience has shown, is and will re- 
main necesmrily so, as long as there are any old school teach- 
ers; for whatever physician once thoroughly informs himself by 
critical study and proper practical application of the homeopathic 
system and remedies, becomes at once a homeopathist, and of 



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necessity ceases to be any longer an old school teacher. It is by 
such study, and honest practicable investigation that the number 
of homeopathic physicians has so largely increased in this coun- 
try, a large portion of them having been educated in the old 
school and having pursued its practice for many years. 

None are qualified to teach the homeo^^athic science and prac- 
tice, but those who have had experience in their application for 
years in the cure of disease. Hence the necessity of a separate 
department in the Universjty. 

From the fact that the homeopathic law constitutes the 
law of curative medication, homeopathy might justly and prop- 
erly claim the right to absorb tlie whole department, to the 
exclusion of the old sj^stem. But as the departments of anat- 
omy, physiology, pathology, practical surgery, obstetrics and 
chemistry, are the same in both schools, it makes no practical 
difference whether the chairs in these departments are filled 
with homeopathists or allopathists; and as there are yet, and 
probably will be for some time to come, many in our State who 
have faith in allopatifty, or at least arc unacquainted with hom- 
eopathy, and hence have little faith therein, we deem it no more 
than just to each that they should be represented in the Univer- 
sity, as well as homeopathists. But if either is to have the 
exclusive right, it is most certainly the part of wisdsm and hu- 
manity to give it to that party whieh has the true philosophy, 
and is the most eminently successful in the cure of disease ; to 
promote which, should be the great end and aim of such a de- 
partment in the University. It certainly would beiuo more than 
just to give each of the systems a fair representation in the 
chairs" common to both, but we do not claim even that ; as the 
sciences they teach are none the less true or valuable to the ho- 
meopathist because they come from one of difl'erent medical 
faith. Ilomeopothists do occupy such chairs in allopathic col- 
leges, and no inconvenience or hardship grows out of it. 

The students of homeopathic physicians, as well as others 
who desire instruction in homeopathy ia this State, are now 
-obliged to go to distant States fcjr collegiate instruction in the 



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science, and are necessarily put to extraordinary expense. This 
ought not to be, and under the arrangement proposed will be 
obviated, while no difficulty or hardship can arise from the 
change, all being left free to attend the lectures or not as they 
choose. 

We are not ignorant of the fact that persons uninformed and 
persons misinformed, as well as those whose interest it is to re- 
main in ignorance and to misrepresent the homeopathic system, 
look upon it as unworthy of patronage and support. 

In view of this state of things, and in order to throw light 
upon the subject for the benefit of the uninformed in relation 
thereto, and to disabuse the minds of those who have been pre- 
judiced against the science by ignorant or unscrupulous oppo- 
nents of the system ; we propose, as briefly as practicable, to 
show that it is advocated and patronized by many of the most 
learned and scientific men of the present age. 

That the position we claim in the University is not a novelty 
in the history of such Institutions, but thatt»euch departments 
are at this time in successful operation, and have been for 
several years, in some of the best Universities in the world. 

That homeopathic departments have been established and are 
maintained in a large number of the public hospitals in Europe 
and some in America, 

That a large number of the government, court and army phy- 
siciana in Europe are homeopathists. 

That the proportion of cures, in all forms of disease, both in 
Europe and America, is very largely in favor of the homeopa- 
thic practice, and that in public institutions the expenses are 
vastly less under the homeopathic than under the allopathic 
treatment. 

There are now homeopathists occupying chairs in twenty- 
six allopathic Universities in Europe, known in the scientific 
circles as formerly allopathic physicians of high standing. 
Many of them have separate departments, as proposed in our 
University. 



No. 25. 5 

HOMEOPATHIC PROFESSORS IN UNIVERSITIES. 

1. Dr Henderson, Professor of Medicine and General Patho- 
logy, in the University of Edinburgh, and lately one of the 
Professors of Clinical Medicine. 

2. Dr. Macdonald, Professor of Civil and Natural History, in 
the University of St. Andrews. 

3. Dr. J. W. Arnold, Professor of Theory and Practice of 
Medicine in the University of Zurich. 

4. Dr. Bigel, Professor of Midwifery in the University ot St. 
Pctersburgh. 

5. Dr. H. Arnith, Professor of Midwifery in the General Hos- 
pital of Vienna. 

6. Dr. T. Buchner, Professor of Homeopathy in the Universi- 
ty of Munich. 

I. Dr. Bott, Professor of Surgery in the University of Genoa. 

8. Dr. Chevalier De Horatiis, Professor of the Theory and 
Practice of Medicine in the University of Naples, and Presi- 
dent of the Royal Academy of Medicine. 

9. Dr. Edward Martin, Professor of Theory and Practice of 
Medicine -in the University of Jena. 

10. Dr. J. A. Weber, Professor of Theory and Practice of 
Medicine in the University of Freyburg. 

II. Dr. Janer, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Clinical 
Medicine, University of Barcelona. 

12. Dr. Larabrecht, Professor of Theory and Practice of Med- 
icine in the University of Padua. 

13. Dr, Felch, Professor of Pathology in the University of 
Barcelona. 

14. Dr. Quadri, Professor of Opthalmic Surgery, Naples. 

15. Professor Leupoldt, of the University of Munich. 

16. Dr. Roubel, Professor in the University of Munich, 

And twenty-eight other Professors in various Colleges and 
Hospitals of Europe and America. 



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governmext action on homckopathy. 

The Chambers of the Kingdom of Bavaria, of the Grand 
Duchy of Baden, and other German States have authorized Pro- 
fessorships of Homoeopathy in the public Universities, 

The Imperial Goverumen-t of Austria has instituted a Profes- 
sorship of Homoeopathy, and has sanctioned the establishment 
of Homoeopathic Hospitals in Vienna, in Hungary, and in other 
parts of its dominions. 

The Frencli Government has recently established a depart- 
ment of Homoeopathy in the University of Paris, and Dr. 
Charg'e, a vpell known Homceopathist, has been appointed Pro- 
fessor. 

Among the European court and army Homoeopathic Physi- 
cians, we will mention : 

1. Dr. Aegidi, Physicians to H. R. H. Princess Wilhelm of 
Prussia. 

2. Dr. Atmuller, SurgeQji to H. S. H. the Grand Duke of 
Hesse. 

3. Dr. Backhausen, Physician to H. R. H. the Princess Frede- 
rick of Prussia. 

4. Dr. Cramer, Physician to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Baden. 

5. Dr. GouUon, Physician to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of 
Weimar. 

6. Dr. Hartung, "Medicin en Chef" of the Austrian Army in 
Italy — was Physician to H. I. M. the Empress Marie Louisa. 

7. Dr. Kuntsmann, Physician to Prince Von Reuss at Ebers- 
dorf. 

8. Dr. Kurtz, Physician to H. S. H. the Duchess of Anhalt 
Dessau, Princess of Prussia. 

9. Dr. Lehman, Physician to H. S. H. the Duke of Anhalt 
Koethen. 

10. Dr. Marenzeller, (Phj^cian General to the Austrian Ar- 
mies), Physician to H. I. H. Archduke John of Austria. 

11. Dr. Quin, Pliysician Extraordinary to the King of Bel- 
gians, Physician in Ordinary to H. R. H. the Duchess of Cam- 
bridge. 



No. 25. 1 

12. Dr. Necker, Physician Extraordinary to H. M. tlie King 
of Prussia. 

13. Dr. Nunez, Physician to Her Most Catcholic Majesty the 
Queen of Spain, Chevalier of the Order of Charles III. and of 
the Legion of Honor. 

14. Dr. Schmidt, Physician to H. S. H. the Duke of Lucca, 

15. Dr. Stapf, Physician to H. S. H. the Duke of Saxe-Mein- 
ingen. 

It. Dr. Weber, Physician to His Majesty the King of Han- 
over. 

1 8. Dr. Tessier, Physician to the Empress Eugenie of France. 

HOMCEPATHIC HOSPITALS AND DISPENSARIES. 

London Homoepathic Hospital, 200 beds. 

Metropolitan Homoeopathic Hospital. 

Homoeopathic Hospital of Moscow. 

Infantry Homoeopathic Hospital at St, Petersburgh. 

Gumpendorf Hospital, Vienna 

Homoeopathic Hospital, Turin. 

Miskoltz Homoepathic Hospital, Russia. 

Homoepathic Clinlque, Leipzig. 

Homoeopathic Wards in Hospital Beaujon, Parii. 

Calcutta Native Hospital. 

Homoepathic Hospital at Lepzig, 

Sisters of Charity Hospital, at Vienna. 

Leopolstadt Hospital, at Vienna. 

Sisters of Charity, at Linz. 

Hospital of Gyongyos, Hungary. 

Hospital of Guns, Hungary. 

Hospital at Kremiseir, Kussia, 

Hospital at Nechanitz, Russia. 

Hospital at Nishni-Novogorodj^Russia. 

Hospital at Cronstadt, Russia, 

Berlin Ilomceopaliiic Hospital. 

Mississippi State Hospital. 

Protestant Half Orphan Asylum, N. Y. 



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Brooklyn City Orphan Asylum. 

The statistics of 21 Allopathic and IT Homeopatluc Hospitals 
in Europe, under the patronage of the several governments, 
running through a series of years, show the average mortalitj 
to be as follows : 

In Allopathic Hospitals, a fraction less than 12 per cent. 

In Homeopathic, a fraction less than 6 per cent.* 

In one Hospital, for example, in Hungary, during five years 
of Allopathic treatment, there were 622 cases and ninety deaths, 
nearly 16 per cent. 

During 11 years of Homeopathic treatment, in the same Hos- 
pital, there were 1538 cases treated, and 143 deaths, about 9 
per cent., making a difference of t deaths in every 100 casea 
against the old school. 

The highest mortality in any year of homeopathic treatment 
was less than the lowest of the allopathic. 

♦EUBOPEAN ALLOPATmC HQSPITAI^. 

Place, and name of Hospital. 

For cent. Mortalty. 

1. Berlin, Charte, 1838-9, 10 to U 

2. Breslau Zu Allerhtilligen,1838, 17 " 18 

3. Leipzig, Jacob's Hospital, 1839, » 11 " U 

4. Stuttgart, Cathcrinnen, 1830-38 8 " 4 

6. StrasburgForget'sCliuiquo, 1835-38, 15 " 1« 

6. Hamburg, Allg. KiankenbauR,5ih Report, 6 " I 

7. Munich General Hospital, 1832 7 " 8 

8. Milan Great Hospital, 1814, 16 " 16 

9. Palermo " 1823, 12 " 18 

10. Brussels, St. Peter's Hospital, 11 " 12 

11. St. Petersburg!!, Civil, 1837, 20 " 21 

12. " Suidlitz, Clinique, 1840, 13 " U 

13. Vienna General Hospital, 1834, 13 " 14 

14. " Brothers' of Charily, 1838 9 " 10 

16. " Elizibetherinnen, 1838, 8 " 9 

16. Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 1818 6 " T 

17. London, St. George's, 1850-55, 18 " W 

18. Lyons Hotel Dicu, 1837, 13 " 14 

19. Paris " 1835, 9 " 10 

20. " St. Marguerite, 1851-2 11 " 12 

21. " Val de Grace, under Broussais, 1819, 7 " 8 

Average, 11 to 12 

EUROPEAN HOMOEOPATHIC HOSPITALS. 

Name and place of Hospital. Cases Treated. Deaths. Per ceni 

1. Sisters of Cliarity, at Vienna, 1834 to '56 17,313 

2. " " at Linz, 1843-4-55, 9,129 

3. Hospital at Gyongyos in Hungary to 1855 , 1 ,538 

4. " at Gun " 'o 1841 395 

6. " at K-cm^oir 1P45 to '43, 1,620 

6. Leopolstaclt Hospital at Vienna, 1850-4, 3,789 

7. Hospital al :\echuuitz, 1846-4i, 394 

8. " Nishni-Novogorod iu 1865, 249 

0. " at Leipzig, Prussia, 4,586 

10. Infantry Hospital at St. Petorsburgh, 397 



,087 


2-10 


501 


5 6-10 


112 


9 3-10 


8 


2 


94 


6 1-10 


211 


5 6-10 


10 


2 5-10 


12 


4 8-10 


188 


4 1-W 


16 


4 



No. 25. 9 

In the London Homeopatic Hospital the average per cent of 
deaUis was 4i. In St George (Allopathic) Hospital, 18 per 
cent. In the Convent of Refuge, at Marseilles, a statistical 
table of all cases treated since its foundation shows, during the 
8years of allopathic treatment: cases treated, 1,851; number of 
deaths, 102— 5^ per cent. Duruig the 5 years of humeopathic 
treatment, cases treated, 1,662; deaths, 49 — 2 9-10 per cent.* 

It is sometimes said that though homeopathy may do for cliil- 
dren and for trifling diseases, in the more grave and fatal com- 
plaints the large Allopathic dose are required. 

In answer to this suggestion we will introduce a table of 



Name and place of Hospital. Casas Treated, neatbfi. Per cett. 

U. Marenzeller'.s Experiments at Military Hospital at Vienna,.. 38 1 2 7 10 

12. Hospital at Moscow ill 1854 166 8 4 8-10 

13. Herman's Experiments at the Military Hospital ^t Tulzen,. 14T 6 4 1-10 

14. London Homoeopathic Hu.spila), 1860-66 1,172 55 4 7-10 

15. Horatiis' Experiments at Naples, 1829 68 2 3 



Sum total, 30,911 2,314 



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To show that many of the cases were of the more 8-.;vore and dangerous ilisoaaoi;, tho 
Speciflcalions of the Cumpondorf Homn,opathic Hospiini ol Viunna, in chargo oi tho Sisters of 
Charity, is subjoined : 

Diseases. Cases 

Diarrhoea of all kinds, 323 

Inflammation of Lungs, 1.058 

Tpphus Fever, (Abnormal), 3,166 

Erysipelas 514 

luflammaiiou of Joints, 883 

Opthalmia, 130 ( 

Intertliltant Fever, 1,066 

Gastric Fever, 1,181 

Rlioumatic Pericarditis, 15 

SmallPox, 194 14 

These results compare most favorably with any Hospital Reports ever made, jmd their 
accuracy cannot be questioned, since this Hospital is under strict Govermental pupervision, 
and is constantly visited by Allopathic Physicians. It is under charge of Dr. Fleishraann, 
assisted until within a lew years by Dr. Caspar, and tho accuracy of their diagnosis no one 
will dispute. 



reaths. 


Per cent. 


3 


1 


48 


4 1-2 


368 


11 3-4 


4 


4-5 


7 


©-7 


uncuroe: 







e-10 


7 


2-3 



7 1-2 



•Dr. Charge, of Marseilles, France, has lately published a Statistical Table of tho Mortality 
occurring an tho Convent of Refuge since its foundation in 1841, up to 1854: 





AXLOPATinC. 




HOMOiOPATniC. 


Tears. 


Cases. 


Deaths. 


Per Cent. 


Years. 


Cases. 


Deaths. 


Per Oent. 


1841 


142 


10 


7 


1860 


328 


5 


4 4-10 


1842 


138 


17 


12 3-10 


1851 


318 


10 


3 1-10 


1843 


189 


13 


6 9-10 


18f2 


322 


12 


3 7-lo 


1844 


298 


9 


4 1-10 


1853 


334 


10 


2 9-10 


1845 


248 


10 


4 4-10 


1864 


360 


12 


3 3-10 


1846 


274 


15 


5 4-10 










1847 


327 


14 


4 2-10 










1848 


325 


14 


4 3-10 












1,861 


102 


6 1-10 


1,C62 


49 


2 9-10 



ATcrftgo Homooopathic mortality, 29-10 per cent. 
ATeragti Alloputbi* mortality, 5 3-10 per cant 



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thesQ grave diseases treated in the Hospital Ste. Marguerite, at 
Paris. In 1849, 1850 and 1851 this Hospital was divided be- 
tween Allopathic and Homeopathic Physicians, treating their 
cases side by side at the same time. Dr. Tessair was .the Ho 
meopatist in charge. In the Homeopathic wards, during these 
three years, there were treated, by Homeopathists, 4,655 cases, 
with a mortality of 8i per cent; by Allopathists, 3,124 cases, 
with a mortality of 11 3-10. 

Of the dangerous diseases, to wit: 

Homeopathic. Allopathic. 

Pnumonia (infl. of lungs) the mor- 
tality was as follows 5 1-10 p. c. 24 p. c. 

Pleuritis (Pleurisy) 3 13 " 

Peritonitis 4 13 " 

Dysentery 3 22 " 

Typhus Abdominalis 15 19 " 

Finally, in the Homeopathic European Hospitals, as reported 
by Dr. Kuth, in a work published in London in 1852, the sum- 
mary shows the average mortality in all diseases, to be 4 4-10 
per cent.; and in Allopathic European Hospitals, 8 5-10 per 
cent. 

In the three great Hospitals of Massachusetts, of New York 
and the Bellveu Hospital, the average mortality is 10 per cent., 
as appears by the official reports. 

YELLOW FEVEE. 

The Mississippi State Hospital, at Natches, is now under 
Homeopathic treatment. 

While under Allopathic treatment, of Drs. L. P. and E. M. 
Blackburn, the average mortality was 55 per cent. 

Under Drs. Holcomb and Davis, Homeopathis : 

In 1853, cases treated, 555 — deaths, 33 

" 1854, " 112 " 00 

" 1855, " 349 " 22. 

1016 55— per cent., 5 4-10. 

Thus, Allopathic mortality, 55 per cent. 

Homeopathic mortality, 5 4-10 per cent. 



No. 25. 



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In Rio de Janiero, Dr. Mariin (Ilomeopathist) treated 3556. 
cases, lost 227 — 7 per cent. 
In New Orleans, Allopathic mortality 20 to 30 per cent. 
In Barbadocs, 50 per cent. 

TYPUS FEVEK. 

lu the Vienna General Hospital, (Allopathic,) the deaths 
were an average of 21 6-10 per cent. 

lu the Paragua Hospital, 2d division, the experiment was 
tried of expectant or do-nothing treatment — average mortality 
17 5-10 per cent. 

In the Vienna Homeopathic Hospital, the average per cent, 
of mortality was 10 6-10.* 

Thus it stands in Typhus fever : 

Allopathy, out of every 100, lost over 21 

Expectant, or do-nothing treatment, lost over IT 

Homeopathic lost 10 

Homeopathy saved seven out of every hundred, who would 
have died without any treatment, while imder allopathic treat- 
ment, four died who would have recovered had nothing been 
done ; and eleven died who would have recovered under the 
homeopathic practice. 

*Tho following statistics are taken froma work entitled " Comparisou of HomcBopathy and 
Allopathy, by Ur. Caspar, Physician to the Hospital of the Honorable Sisters of tliarity of 
Vicuna: Vienna and Olmutz, 1866:" 

STATISTICS OF TTPHtTS FE^^^R. 

1st. AuoPATiiic — In the Vienna General Hospital : 

Cases. 

1860, 872 

1862 461 

1863, ■ 1,119 



Deaths. 


Per cent. 


144 


16 5-10 


133 


27 


259 


23 1-10 



2,482 636 21 6-10 
2il. ExpEOTA.vT, (Do nothing)— In Second Division of Prague Hospital : 

Oases. Deaths. Per cent. 

1849 132 27 20 4-10 

1860 96 14 23 5-10 



3(1. HoMatPATuic— In Vienna Homceopalhic Hospital : 



1850,. 
1951, 

18u2,. 



228 



Cases. 

81 

80 

121 



40 



17 5-10 



Per cent. 

11 1-10 

12 5-10 



283 



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asiatic cholera. 

Dr. Wilde, editor of the "Doublin Quarterly Journal of Medi- 
cine," says : "In comparing the reports of the Allopathic and 
Homeopathtc Hospital treatment of cholera in Vienna, it will be 
seen that, while in the Homeopatic Hospitals § were cured, in 
the Allopathic, | died. This Homeopathic Hospital was daiij 
visited by two allopathic physicians, appointed inspectors, who 
confirmed these reports." 

Dr. F. H. Herner,* Vice President of the British Medical and 
Surgical Association, &c , &c., says that the statistical report 
of the cholera epidemic in England, shows that under homeo- 
pathy I were cured ; under allopathy | died. 

In 1 Allopathic Hospitals in Europe, on the Continent, out of 
1969 cases treated for Cholera, 109'! died — average of 54 per 
cent. 

In 6 Homeopathic Hospitals, out of 1818 cases treated for 
Cholera, 501 died, an average of 2*1 per cent — just one half the 
Allopathic mortality. 

In London (St. George's) Hospital, the mortality was 50 per 
<;ent.f 

In New York Hospitals it was 5S per cent. 

*" Reasons for adopting the Rational System of Medicine," by Fewsler Robert Horner, 
M. D. late President and Perpetual Vice President of the British Medical and Surgical Asm- 
elation ; late Senior Physician to the Hull General Infirmary, &c., London, 1867. llisafllg- 
niOoant fact that in 1861, before he had investigated Homoeopathy, Dr. Horner presided over 
a inootiug of 200 medical men at Brighton, which passed resolutions strongly denunciator; 
of that system; and now, in 1857, alter investigating it, he announces himself a convwt 
to tho Homoeopathic doctrine ; 

t SUMMARY OF EUROPEAN HOSPrr.^L TREATMENT OF CHOLERA. 

HOMCBOPATniC. 

Place and Name. Cases. Deaths. 

J. Vienna Sisters of Charity, 1834 to 1850, 1,202 409 

2. Vi.^iina Ijeopolstadt, 156 68 

5. Berlin HomcEpathie Hospital, 32 6 

4. Bordeaux Hospital, by Dr. Mabit, 1832, 131 6 

6. Marseilles '-Con vet and Refuge," 1849, 260 15 

6. London omoeopathic Hospital, 1854, 37 7 

1,818 601 per cent.* 

ALLOPATHIC. 

Place and Name. Cases. Deaths. 

1. Edinburgh, Drummond Street Hospital, 461 291 

2. Halle KrurKkrhI)erg's Wards, 104 63 

3. Hamburg Hospital, 1831 283 178 

4. Berlin Ciiolora Hospital, 1R31, 97 67 

6. St. Petersburg, by Dr. LichCLStadt, 633 314 

6. Bordeaux Hospital, 1832, 104 72 

7. Raab, " " 284 12 

1,969 1,097 per ceulK 



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General average of Eomeopdtic Hospital treatment 

of Cholera — loss of 27 per cent 

A.nd of Allopathic — loss of 54 " 

In the cholera epidemic of 1849, at Cincinnati, the average 
mortaliij in Hospital practice was over 60 per cent, and in pri- 
vate practice between 30 and 40 per cent. 

The 11 Homeopathic Physicians then resident in that city treat- 
ed 2,410 cases of cholera, and lost 85 in all, — just 3 per cent. 
Out of 104 families belonging to the congregation of Rev. B. 
F. Barett, as reported by that gentleman from actual po'sonal- 
visits and inquiry after the epidemic had ceased, 86 families used 
and relied on Homeopathic treatment; 13 used and relied on Al- 
lopathic, and 4 Eclectic treatment. The 86 Homeopathic fami- 
lies numbered 4T6 persons, and had 160 cases of cholera. The 
13 Allopathic families numbered 74 individuals, and had 25 
cases of cholera. Of the 160 cases treated Homopathically on& 
only died — a mortality of two-thirds of one per cent. Of the 25 
cases treated Allopathically five died — a mortality of 20 per 
•ent. 

These, both the allopathic and homeopathic families, all be- 
longed to the higher classes, who were temperate, prudent, and 
able to take the best care of themselves, and improve the ear- 
liest opportunities to call in aid. The liomeopathic families 
nearly all used the homeopathic medicines as prophylactics, or- 
preventives, and these when attacked were more easily cured; 
while the allopathic families, if they did use the ordinary pre- 
Tentives of that school, as stimulants and the like, were les» 
susceptible to the influence of remedies. 

CHILDREN: 

In Lake & Watt's orphan asylum, of N. Y., (allopathic) from. 
1852 to 1854 inclusive, they had 2213 children, of whom 41 
died— 1 in 54. 

In the Protestant Half Orphan Asylum, N. Y., (homeopathic) 
from 1852 to 1854 inclusive, (t^amc time) they had 3,075 chil- 
dren, of whom 21 died— 1 in 146. Showing a ratio of mortality 



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under allopathy, as compared with homeopathy, as 2i to \ of 
one per cent.* 

Finally, we find in summing up the whole matter of Hospital 
practice that in all diseases where the AUopathist loses an av 

erage of 11 to 12 per cent 

The Ilomeopatist loses 5 to 6 " 

In Asiatic Cholera where the AUopathist loses 54 " 

The Homeopathist loses 27 " 

In Pneumonia (inflammation of the luiig-s), 

where the AUopathist loses 14 to 24 " 

the Homeopathist loses 5 to 6 

In typhus fever where the AUopathist loses. .21 to 22 " 

" " the Homeopathist loses 10 to 11 " 

In yellow fever where the AUopathist loses . . 50 to 55 " 
In " " the Homeopathist loses 5 to 1 " 

* The HomceopaUiic Statistics in regard to adults in general, and individual diseases having 
been shown, the results of that treatment in the atT-Ctions to which childhood is pecullafljf 
8ul)ject will now be considered. The " Report of Homoepathic treatment in the I'rottsiiml 
Half Orphan Asylum of New York," by D. F. Bowers, is referred to. The number of chil- 
dren in the several asylums being taken from a table furui-sihod by A. Gilbert, Esq., from the 
Reports made annually, under oath, to the Board of Education of the State of Now York: 

LEAKE A.\D WATTS' OKPUAN ASYLUM — ALLOPATHIC. 

Whole No. of Children. Deaths. Mortalitj. 

For 10 years ending 1853, .* 1,688 23 1 in 13 

For the year 1853 262 12 1 in 22 

" 1854. 263 6 1 in 44 

2,213 41 1 in M 

PROTESTANT HALF OBPHAJJ ASYLUM — HOMCEPATHIC. 

Whole No. of Children. Deaths. Mortalilj. 

For 10 years ending 1862, 2,543 21 1 in 121 

For the year 1853, 576 

" 1864,...*. 257 

3,075 21 1 in 14^ 

The " Nursery," at Randall's Island, under Allopathic treatment: 
Years. Whole No. of Children. Deaths. Mortolity. 

18.53 3,040 49 1 in 39 

1864 2,690 208 1 in 13 

1855 2.378 202 1 in H 

1856, 2,021 96 1 in 21 

10,129 586 1 in " 

The " Home for the Friendless," under Homoepathic treatment? 

Years. Whole No. of Children. Deaths. Mortality. 

1853, 240 6 lin« 

1854, ■ 280 13 linjl 

1855 360 6 lin'j 

1866, 306 9 1 in 61 

1,210 30 1 in *> 

Showing the ratio of mortality under Allopathic treatment, as compared with Homoeopathic, 
tobe2>i to! 
Or a mortality of 6 8-10 per ct. among those treated AUopathlcally. 
<< '< 2 5-10 " " " " HomoDopathically. 



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In Orpliau Asylums where the AUopathist loses 2 4-10 per cent. 
In " " the llomeopathist loses. . | of 1 " 

In privale practice of cholera cases where the 

Allopatliist loses 30 to 40 " 

The llomeopathist 3 to t " 

Tliese statistics are all taken from official documents in the 
possession of your Committee, and are perfectly reliable.* 

In conclusion; 

Wlen we consider the fact that, according to the United 
States Census. statistics df 1850^, over t5 per cent of all the deaths 
were diildren under live yeais old, in connection with the fact 
that up to that date only a small number of Homeopathic Phy- 
sicians had been in practice in this coivntiy, together with the 
fact shown by official statistics that the mortality among chil- 
dren under the old practice is nearly three times that under 
Homeopathy (as 2| to | of one per cent), when we consider 
that in violent and dangerous diseases the mortality under Allo- 
pathy is from two to ten times as great as under Homeopathy, 
when we consider that under Allopathy the duration of dis- 
ease is nearly double, in all cases, what it is under Homeopa- 
thy, and the expenses attending it are nearly twice as great ;t 
when we consider tljc value of human health and human life 
and the deep interest all feel in them and in the means of pro- 
moting the one and saving the other, is it surprising that we 
nhould demand that while we provide largely for education in 
the lees successful mode, a part of the advantages of such pro- 
vision should be devoted to instructions in that practice which 



*ThD authorities for the European Hospital Reports arc to be found in the following works 

Knolz'B " Charitable Institutions" of Vienna. 

Grirssiich's Hygea. 

Clcss' .stutistica the of Cathcrinnen Hospital at Stuttgart. 

Journal Imp. Meii. Cliir. Acad, of St. Petcrsburgh. 

British Journal of Homccopatliy. 

Allg. Horn. Zeitschiritrt. 

British and Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Review 

Neues Archives. 

Oesterrcich Zoitschrift. 

Homoeopathic Viertcljalrscrift. 

Stapf 's Archives der Horn. Hcilk. 

North American Journal of HomtBopathy. 

Nene Zeits fur Horn. Klinik. 
fXho duratinn of Pneumonia was particularly noted by Drs. Tessior, Henderson, Dietl, and 
•Md Louis, whose authority has already been given. ..... ^M/ 

These show the mean duration of Phoumonia to bo, under HomCBopathio treatmonl, uy, 
itji ; Allopathy, 29 days; Expectant, 2S days. 



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has been crowned with the greatest success, and is the result of 
a science founded upon a natural law as certain and invariable 
as that which attracts the falling apple to the earth, or points 
the needle to the polar star. 

While Ave will not say that the old practice does not 
often cure disease, it cannot he denied that its adminis- 
tration is frequently an uncertain experiment, fraught with 
more or less danger to the life or future health of the pa- 
tient, and, occasionally followed by fatal effects. On the other 
hand, abundant and overwhelming testimony of the past, and 
every day's experience and observation of thousands among the 
most intelligent, at the present time, load to the irresistible con- 
clusion that Homeopathy does remove disease more readily, and 
that, too, with far more certainty than the other system, while 
all agree that its administration is attended with no clanger, 
even to the most feeble and sensitive constitutions. 

Its philosophy is founded upon a natural law of the relation 
of drug action to human organization and vital functions. It is 
true, it is uniform and beneficent in its results. Its patrons, 
who demand its recognition and establishment in the Univer- 
sity, are largely from the most intelligent and respectable 
classes everywhere. Confidence in its ellicacy and success, aod 
a settled conviction of its truth, has spread, especially among 
the higher classes, with a rapidity unparalleled in the history 
of medicine, and it has long since ceased to be looked upon as 
an experiment ; but is recognized as a settled and distinct sci- 
ence. 

Why, then, any longer withhold it from the students of om 
State University ? Why oblige such as seek for its truths and 
a knowledge of its practical application in their efforts to re- 
lieve from distress and save life, to go to distant States at great 
expense to obtain them 't Why not open the halls of our Col- 
lege to these great tru^ths that so deeply interest us all ? 

Entertaining implicit confidence in the justice and propriety 
of the measure contemplated in the Bill, the Committee report 
it back without amendment and recommend its passage, and 
ask to be discharged from further ctmsideration of the subject 

B. L. HILL, Select GommiUee.