To the Editor. Sir, —Agitated by the recent death of my daughter, and the still more recent experience of the brutal manner in which our present laws allow any person who holds a medical deploma to revenge himself on those who may cross his path ; and being also pressed with duties which must for a few days engage my undivided attention, I cannot just now take advantage of the interest aroused by recent events to invite the public attention to their own vital interests in availing themselves of the blessing that the practice of hydropathy holds out to all, and the many miseries to be escaped by its use. But I shall feel it ray duty to do this as soon as possible, and will ask you to allow me the use of your columns for that purpose. In the hope of exciting more interest in a question that so much concerns us all, I will particularly describe the difference in my treatment and that of Dr. Ross, and the natural result of the different systems in the case of the late Mrs. Buchanan. Meantime, for the benefit of our zealous and well-meaning R. M., and our sergeant of police, who evidently think that they would be doing service to God and man if they could secure for life in some comfortable prison or asylum the man who has the rashness to suppose that there may be some imperfections even in the treatment of a “ legally qualified medical practioner,” I will ask you to publish for their edification, the following “ legally qualified ” medical opinion of Dr. Ross’ present practice in fever : The “MedicoChirurgicalßeview” says : —“ Would that some phj'sician of mature experience had opened the academical year by a grave, unsparing exposure of the practice now in vogue, of poisoning the sick and feeble with food, which in quantity they vainly strive to digest ; of spoiling blood that is healthy ; of killing that which is disordered ; of maddening the brain by wine, beer, and brandy without stint—thus quenching the intellect in its last expiring rays, forestalling the unconsciousness of death, and dismissing the patient drunken from the world ! This is butaveaction, we arc told, from the opposite extreme of thirty, forty, or fifty years ago —an equivalent of slaughter in compensation for the countless thousands who were then bled, purged, and starved to death ! In this balance of destruction the result is one of small value to the statistician—to the physician it is a double shame.”—l am, &c., Alfred Saunders.
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