Letter to John Forbes, M.D., F. R. S., Editor of the British and Foreign Medical Review, on His Article Entitled Homoeopathy, Allopathy, and Young Physic, Contained in the Number of the Review for January, 1846 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Letter to John Forbes, M.D., F. R. S., Editor of the "British and Foreign Medical Review," on His Article Entitled "Homoeopathy, Allopathy, and Young Physic," Contained in the Number of the Review for January, 1846 What makes the comparisons I have made still more im portant and conclusive is, that the mortality of pneumonia increases after the age of forty, so that from forty to sixty, during Chomel'a ten years, it was one in five; and above sixty, one in two. This progressive increase in the mortality with increasing years, appears, according to M. Grisolle, the most learned writer on the subject, to be the same in all countries, in hospitals as well as in private practice.' - P. 520. And yet, with all the disadvantage of a comparison of cases, in which a portion must have belonged to periods of life at which pneumonia/l increases in'danger and severity, with others drawn from a period when it shows much less of a dangerous tendency, the success of Homeopathy is in dlepu tably greater than the ordinary practice. In order to convey some idea of the superiority of the Homeopathic over the ordinary treatment of pneumonia, at all ages, I adduce the following accounts, of which the Allo pathic facts are derived from Grisolle's work, and the Homeo pathic from the statistical tables of Fleischmann and Raise, carried down to 1844. On the Allopathie side we have Lou is, Trousseau, Grisolle, Laennec, Bouillaud, all eminent prac titioners of a country whose medical practice you hold up to the emulation of British physicians. Together, they furnish five hundred and thirty-one cases of inﬂamed lungs; of which eighty-one died, or one in sis: and two-thirds. In this num her there are included fifty-seven cases by Laennec, of which he says only two died. He is accused of having overstated his success, having confessedly given his account only from memory. And it is affirmed, on the authority of one who attended his wards, that his loss was actually much greater than he has allowed. Still, .i have taken his own account of the matter. On the Homeopathic side we have, in addition to the two hundred and ninety-nine cases of Fleischmann already no ticed, forty-four treated by him in 1844; and thirty-four cases of Dr. Reiss, treated in the Homeopathic Hospital of linai in 1843 and 1844 - the only cases of pneumonia, treated in that hospital, of which an account has been published. In all, then, three hundred and seventy-nine cases, and nine teen deaths, or one in twenty - the last forty-four of Fleisch mann, and the thirty-four of Reiss, having all recovered! About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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