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PROFESSOR OF THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN THE HOMEOPATHIO
MEDICAL COLLEGE OF MISSOURI.
No. 51 NORTH FIFTH STREET.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
It has generally been conceded, as I believe, that homeopathic physicians are a remarkably amiable class of men. But it has been said, that “the time may come when the last feather may be imposed on even the patient camel's back, which might break it;" so, with us, the last feather has been thrown in our faces,
; in the shape of a lecture, delivered before the citizens of St. Louis, “Introductory to the Session of 1858-59, of the St. Louis Medical College, by M. L. LINTON, M.D., Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine.” I propose, at this time, as appropriate for an introductory to a course of lectures on Theory and Practice of Medicine in the Homeopathic Medical College of Missouri, to “return a Rolland for an Oliver,” by making a reply to PROF. Linton the principal theme of my discourse at this time. Premising that the coarse and unmanly style of the whole affair, could not have elevated this abortive attempt, to give the Homeopathists the “coup de grace," above the level of contempt, but, from the position which he occupies as a teacher, which might possibly clothe his “veni, vidi, vici” attack with some authority, I shall, therefore, pass on to notice the different positions taken by our opponent, as far as they may appear to present any claim to attention.
The first position presented, is the astounding one, that: “In medicine, as in every other branch of knowledge and art, common sense is the supreme arbiter. It is purely an affair of common sense.” Our author then proceeds by defining what he wishes us to understand by this “common sense,” and his explanation appears about as confused and muddled as could well have been imagined in one 89 full of light as he should have been, to have undertaken the