Reader: I now understand the lawyers, the good they may have done is
accidental. I feet 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 bold that opinion. I now understand why the medicine men
(the vaids) among us have not occupied a very honorable status.
have certainly effectively used the medicalprofession for holding us. English physicians are known to have used their
profession with several Asiatic potentates for political gain.
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 the mind.
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
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 practice vivisection. No religion sanctions this. All say that
it is not necessary to take so many lives for the sake of our bodies.
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 Mohammedans. We may pretend to be civilized, call religious
prohibitions a superstition and wantonly indulge in what we like. The fact
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 honors and
riches. I have endeavored 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?