Bose N C
THE BIG BOGEY.
The Bengal Provincial Medical Licentiates Conference held at Calcutta last April, recorded with great concern the rapid growth of quack medical practice in towns and villages of Bengal and deplored the apathy of the Government to check the menacing increase of quackery in Bengal and urged upon Government of Bengal to put a stop to the quackery by means of legislation, if needed.
The most stupendous practice of quackery is glaringly revealed in the practiced of the homoeopathic system of medicine by men who have little pretensions of possessing any recognized grade of elementary education, far less the standard of general education necessary for the comprehension of medical science. Theses are the men who have thrown Homoeopathy into the abyss of disgrace.
The Homoeopathic teaching institutions have, upto this time, no protection against piracy of diploma pedlars; neither have the alumni any means of avouching the bonafide of the diploma granted by their Alma Mater in witness of their four- years training and of their having passed a properly conducted examination. Of course, without a General Council and State Faculty of Homoeopathy it can hardly be expected that these institutions will have any uniform syllabus of study-course or the same standard of examination in all of them.
We should like the registered practitioners of the allopathic system of medicine to note that the difference between the allopathic and the homoeopathic systems of medicine lies only in the law and mode of administering the remedy; in all other respects there is not the slightest difference.
We must not allow ourselves to be hoaxed with that notoriously false and deliberately deceptive idea that the basic subjects as taught in the Medical Colleges and Schools are not required in learning the Homoeopathic system of treatment and that the knowledge of these basic subjects is not necessary for purposes of practising homoeopathy. No aspersion fouler than this could be inflicted on Homoeopathy.
The fizzle of the toss for a Faculty of Homoeopathic medicine has flattened since many months past. But appreciation of Homoeopathy is advancing in rapid strides. The licentiates as well as medical graduates feel and realize this, however greatly they may dislike the class of the men who are debasing it for their disqualifications.
If the Government do not find it convenient to establish a “Faculty of Homoeopathic medicine”, the registered practitioners may have their own POST-GRADUATE HOMOEOPATHIC COLLEGE, with hospital attached, to study the law (Philosophy) and Art for two years and then adopt the practice of Homoeopathy in right earnest. That would be the best way to weed out quackery and eradicate the menace. It will, however, not hold out any prospect of Government Service, but will promise an enviable independent practice.