Excerpt from Mothers and Daughters: Practical Studies for the Conservation of the Health of Girls
Here was a time when medicine, or what was supposed to be the medical art, was the property Of necromancers, or of high-priests who consulted the oracles. A tithe was paid for the oracle; the larger the tithe the more favorable the answer: and the wise men of those days anathematized all philosophers dar ing to get a peep at the works of nature. We have the same wise men now, only not so bold, as human intelligence has risen above ignorance and superstition. Yet we have them; and they hold that medicine is their province, and that attempts made to induce the people to seek information in its realms are ﬂagrant violations Of their inherited and sacred rights. But with the development of human intellect came a desire of independence which even these high-priests could not restrain. Thousands of learned physicians severed the chains of professional slavery to teach the people that the mystical philosophy of the physician is but the study of nature, which even the humblest citizen should have the privilege of enquiring into.
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