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ALCOHOL AS A MEDICINE.

diverse denominations carry on their differences, at the expense of the patient.

Sir John Forbes, M. D., F. R. S., said:—

"Some patients get well with the aid of medicine, more without it, and still more in spite of it."

Dr. Bostwick, author of The History of Medicine, said :— "Every dose of medicine given is a blind experiment upon the vitality of the patient."

Dr. James Johnson, editor of the Medico-Chirurgical Review, says :—

"I declare as my conscientious conviction founded on long experience and reflection, that if there were not a single physician, surgeon, man-midwife, chemist, apothecary, druggist nor drug on the face of the earth, there would be less sickness and less mortality than now prevail."

Prof. J. W. Carson, of the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, says :—

"We do not know whether our patients recover because we give them medicine, or because nature cures them. Perhaps bread-pills would cure as many as medicine."

Prof. Alonzo Clark, of the same college, has said :—

"In their zeal to do good physicians have done much harm; they have hurried many to the grave who would have recovered if left to nature."

Prof. Martin Paine, of the New York University Medical College, said :—

"Drug medicines do but cure one disease by producing another."