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BY WILLIAM SHARP, M.D., F.R. S.
Fourth Edition.-Thirteruth Thousand.
MANCHESTER: H. TURNER, 41, PICCADILLY.
“ I claim that liberty, which I willingly yield to others, the permission, namely, in subjects of difficulty, to put forward as true such things as appear to be probable, until proved to be manifestly false.”
WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
“Nihil tam honestum aut utile a Medico effici potest quin,
Nothing can be done by the Physician so honest or so useful
as to escape the censure of the envious.
Among the many important “ topics of the day,” none, having reference to this life only, can possess higher claims to calm enquiry and earnest attention than the various resources which are available to mankind, when suffering from bodily disease-a trial which few, if any, at all times escape.
In the present age of discovery and invention it would be remarkable if, while all around are sailing onward, the physician alone was becalmed ; while every branch of art and science is progressively and rapidly improving, the resources of medicine remained stationary. But this has not happened, the onward wave has reached the healer's barque, and he also is afloat upon the mighty waters of natural science.
There are indeed many who would stoutly stand upon the “old paths,” but in this case we have no inspired prophets and apostles, as happily we have in an affair of higher moment, upon whom to rest as upon a firm foundation. The opinions of mere men, however venerable by age, are but a sandy base. The people of the present times are not given to echo the sentiments of a master. Nature's laws and nature's facts alone are able to stand the rigid scrutiny to which the sentiments of men, in physical science, are now so unreservedly exposed.
Some men's minds, under such an apparently unsettled and disorderly state of things, become sceptical and faithless. This arises