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We have, at length, completed the third volume of the New England Botanic Medical and Surgical Journal. This work was immediately preceded by a volume, of like form and character, under the name of “The New EnGLAND MEDICAL ECLECTIC AND GUIDE TO HEALTH." Four years, therefore, have really elapsed, since we commenced our editorial labors.
During this period, numerous and important changes have taken place, in the medical profession and in the views generally entertained, by the community, in regard to the comparative importance of different modes of medical practice.
Among these changes, we, on the one hand, have seen that ultra Thomsonism which teaches that professional education is unnecessary, and that, in fact, every man may as well be his own physician, rapidly fading away. On the other hand, the confidence reposed in Allopathy, by an enlightened public, and even by Allopathic practitioners themselves, has suffered, if possible, a more marked deterioration. Some of the most eminent of this class of practitioners now deny the efficacy of ang mode of medical practice, and declare all to be alike an imposition on the community. Such sweeping expressions are proof of two things :—first, that Allopathists have no confidence in the curative power of the agents which they habitually employ; and, secondly, that they have not candor enough to induce them to test the superiority of another mode of practice. The truth is, they have become 50 wedded to their prejudiced notions, and their habits, in consequence, have becoine so stereotyped, that improvement with them is almost excluded from the range of possibility.
Now, though facts show, that those who renounce one error are generally ready to embrace another; yet, when refuge after refuge has failed them, they are sometimes, at least, compelled to flee to the strong-hold of truth. Under these circumstances we receive the evidence, that “truth is great and will prevail.”
As new light, from year to year, has been cast on medical science, we have seen the PhysO-MEDICAL or true Eclectic theory becoming more extensively prevalent; and, impressed as we are, with the conviction, that it is founded essentially in the principles of eternal truth, and that it is the only system for which this merit can be claimed, we cheerfully persevere in our “work of faith and labor of love." Our confidence in the wise arrangements of a superintending Providence is unwavering; and we, therefore, believe we shall not labor in vain.