The orthodox school has witnessed for centuries that nature itself has never once cured any existing disease with another dissimilar one, however intense. What must we think of this school, which nevertheless has continued to treat chronic diseases allopathically, with medicines and formulas that can only cause a disease condition --God knows which --dissimilar to the one being treated? Even if these physicians have not hitherto observed nature attentively enough, the miserable results of their treatment should have taught them that they were on the wrong road.
One might say, for example, that a patient has a kind of St Vitus's dance; a kind of dropsy; a kind of nerve fever; a kind of ague. One would never say, however (to end once and for all the confusion of these names) ''He has St. Vitus's dance,'' ''He has nerve fever,'' ''He has dropsy,'' ''He has ague,'' since there simply are not any fixed, unchanging diseases to be known by such names.
The physician's highest calling, his only calling, is to make sick people healthy -- to heal, as it is termed.