Reader : I now understand the lawyers; the good they may have done is accidental. I feel that profession is certainly hateful. You, however, drag in the doctors also, how is that?
Editor : The views I submit
to you are those I have
adopted. They are not original. Western writers have used stronger terms
regarding both lawyers and doctors. One writer has linked the whole
modern system to the Upas tree. Its branches are represented by
parasitical professions, including those of law and medicine, and over
the trunk has been raised the axe of true religion. Immorality is the
root of the tree. So you will see that the views do not come right out
of my mind but represent the combined experiences of many. I was at one
time a great lover of the medical profession. It was my intention to
become a doctor for the sake of the country. I no longer hold that
opinion, I now understand why the medicine men (the vaids) among
us have not occupied a very honourable status.
The English have certainly effectively used the medical profession for
holding us. English physicians are known to have used their profession
with several Asiatic potentates for political gain.
Doctors have almost unhinged us. Sometimes I think that quacks are
better than highly qualified doctors. Let us consider : the business of
a doctor is to take care of the body, or, properly speaking, not even
that. Their business is really to rid the body of diseases that may
afflict it. How do these diseases arise? Surely by our negligence or
indulgence. I overeat, I have indigestion, I go to a doctor, he gives me
medicine, I am cured. I overeat again, I take his pills again. Had I not
taken the pills in the first instance, I would have suffered the
punishment deserved by me and I would not have overeaten again. The
doctor intervened and helped me to indulge myself. My body thereby
certainly felt more at ease; but my mind became weakened. A continuance
of a course of medicine must, therefore, result in loss of control over
I have indulged in vice, I contract a disease, a doctor cures me, the odds
are that I shall repeat the vice. Had the doctor not intervened, nature
would have done its work, and I would have acquired mastery over myself,
would have been freed from vice and would have become happy.
Hospitals are institutions for propagating sin. Men take less care of
their bodies and immorality increases. European doctors are the worst of
all. For the sake of a mistaken care of the human body, they kill
annually thousands of animals. They practise vivisection. No religion
sanctions this. All say that it is not necessary to take so many lives
for the sake of our bodies.
These doctors violate our religious instinct. Most of their medical
preparations contain either animal fat or spirituous liquors; both of
these are tabooed by Hindus and Mahomedans. We may pretend to be
civilized, call religious prohibitions a superstition and wantonly
indulge in what we like. The fact remains that the doctors induce us to
indulge, and the result is that we have become deprived of self-control
and have become effeminate. In these circumstances, we are unfit to
serve the country. To study European medicine is to deepen our slavery.
It is worth considering why we take up the profession of medicine. It is
certainly not taken up for the purpose of serving humanity. We become
doctors so that we may obtain honours and riches. I have endeavoured to
show that there is no real service of humanity in the profession, and
that it is injurious to mankind. Doctors make a show of their knowledge,
and charge exorbitant fees. Their preparations, which are intrinsically
worth a few pence, cost shillings. The populace, in its credulity and in
the hope of ridding itself of some disease, allows itself to be cheated.
Are not quacks then whom we know, better than the doctors who put on an
air of humaneness?