“Theoretically the most benignant, at the same time no other school of science exhibits so many instances or petty prejudice, materialism, atheism, and malicious stubbornness as medicine. The predilections and patronage of the leading physicians are scarcely ever measured by the usefulness of a discovery.
Bleeding, by leeching, cupping, and the lancet, had its epidemic of popularity, but at last fell into merited disgrace; water, now freely given to fevered patients, was once denied them, warm baths were superseded by cold water, and for a while hydropathy was a mania.
Peruvian bark – which a modern defender of biblical authority seriously endeavors to identify with the paradisiacal “Tree of Life”, and which was brought to Spain in 1632 – was neglected for years.
The Church, for once, showed more discrimination than science. At the request of Cardinal de Lugo, Innocent X, gave it the prestige of his powerful name.”
H. P. Blavatsky