Punch,  49 (1865), 55.

Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery



Letter, Spoof


Homeopathy, Reason, Faith, Medical Treatment, Medical Practitioners, Patronage, Physics, Force

    Lambasts the 'idiot' who recently stated in the columns of Punch that 'reason and faith ought to decide in questions of medical science'. Retorts that 'medical science' is founded on 'experience' and in this sense is like homeopathy which is rejected by eminent medical men but supported by such men as Richard Whately. Concludes by arguing that in order to produce an effect the doses of homeopathic medicine, like forces in physics, only need to be 'infinitesimal' and 'properly applied'.

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