Hyperemic Treatment Not New

D. R. Silver
1908 Journal of the American Medical Association  
ceded that the very fact of the existence of so many wel l \x=req-\ patronized irregular methods of treatment reflects on the adequacy of results at the hands of physicians. From staid old Boston to happy-go-lucky Tacoma or Seattle the irregulars are profusely supplied with material for the laying on of hands and the exercise of faith. They have existed too long and have done too much service to be longer derided; the half-truth of their dogmas must be acknowledged. Of all the efforts, genuine
more » ... r counterfeit, to fill the gap the recent movement in Boston with the Rev. Dr. Worcester at its head probably is recognized by those acquainted with its intricacies as the nearest to the ideal yet devised. With the diagnostician's verdict in his hands, the Emmanuel worker does what the regular practitioner does not do in the class of nervous cases selected: he makes use of that wonderful and vital force of most men, the religious part of them, for the relief of the physical. We physicians mentally appeal to a patient and demand his confidence; the Emmanuel worker communes with the spiritual man and demands his faith. In psychotherapy the tie between the healer and the one who would be healed can not be made too strong and the aid can not be made too powerful. Looking at the matter squarely, can we wonder that coad¬ jutors whom we do not recognize have sprung up from the wrong sources to supplement our insufficiency? I think we are awaking with a start to our weaknesses. How much more potent would a movement such as that which originated in Boston be had it sprung from the bosom of the learned medical profession! How much more sensible and practical would it be for the physician to call in the spiritual adviser than for the spiritual adviser to be compelled to call in the physician-in his own domain! It is not possible for us perhaps to be "all things to all men." Some of us consult a pathologist to make use of his technic; we send our prescriptions to the druggist to be com¬ pounded; we have a masseur on our list for the cases needing massage; why not have for the mutual benefit of all eo/ieerned a trained religious worker on our staffs to utilize the spiritual in conjunction with our established treatment. I agree with all those who truly believe that the spiritual natures of our neurasthenic and mental patients are agents too powerful to be longer disregarded. highest interest and importance, and, in looking over the contents I have more than once thought that the prime mover in the great undertaking for better things which this department evidences did not receive during life that full recognition at the hands of the medical profession which his achievements deserved. Nor has this acknowledgment been publicly made since his death. I refer to the late Dr. John H. Rauch, secretary for many years of the State Board of Health of Illinois, who, in all matters pertaining to medical education in America, was a pathfinder, pioneer, waymaker\p=m-\one who fought the good fight for honesty and thoroughness in medical teaching and training with such persevering firmness that the fruits are now being gathered throughout almost the entire length and breadth of this continent, and whose well-earned fame can in no wise be dimmed through the luster gained by those who may come later. As secretary of the State Board of Health of Muaouri for a period concurrent with a part of the public life of Dr. Rauch I was in sympathetic official touch and agreeable per¬ sonal relations with him, and can testify to the friendly aid often extended to clear up the new and difficult questions that arose with respect to the standing of schools, dealing with advertising frauds, examination and licensing of medical ap¬ plicants, and the like. Where the body of Dr. Rauch was buried is not known to me, nor whether the spot is marked by any memorial ade¬ quately showing the vastness and value of his work to the public and the profession; but, in view of his life and labors, the question may be asked whether it is not a serious obliga¬ tion resting on the organized profession of Illinois to take the lead in a movement to raise in some appropriate place a memorial in marble or bronze that shall signify to later gen¬ erations his rightful place in the great struggle in which he was the chief leader, censor medendi, pontifex medicus. The evidences of his worth and work should appeal to every reputable medical college now extant in the land, for in testimony of his merit may be shown the graveyards where a host of fraudulent concerns were buried through his energy, pluck and ability. Therefore such medical schools, and the various state sanitary and licensing boards should wel¬ come the opportunity to aid in forwarding a movement to render a fit tribute to the memory of a man whose services were fundamental, beneficent, and of enduring value to the welfare of his fellowmen.
doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540230075016 fatcat:x5nwe3dwqrgj3goecai74ld45i