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An early obsrvation by the president of the Massachusetts
"Homeopathy may be defined as a specious mode of doing nothing. While it waits on the natural progress of disease and the restorative tendence of nature on the one hand, or the injurious advance of disease on the other, it supplies the craving for activity, on the part of the patient and his friends, by the formal and regular administration of nominal medicine. Although homeopathy will, at some future time, be classed with historical delusions." -- Jacob Bigelow, M.D.: "Brief Expositions of Rational Medicine": To Which Is Prefixed "The Paradise of Doctors, A Fable." Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1858, pp 41-42.