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  • HEART AND MIND: PRESCRIPTION

    It is ironically amusing how orthodox observers of the drug scene try to evade the responsibility of the profession. For example, one painstakingly compiled record of deaths due to poisoning by acetanilide—a common ingredient of painkillers and headache powders — noted:

    I n every case the person who died had taken, to relieve a headache or as a bracer, a patent medicine containing acetanilide without a doctor's prescription.

    These last four words betray a curiously unshaken faith of the compiler in the magic of ethical prescription. A deadly poison loses none of its effectiveness by being officially sanctioned. It is probable that for every death due to unprescribed poisons there are scores — perhaps many hundreds — due to the same agent, but taken under doctors' orders. However, there is this fundamental distinction: in the ordinary way, only those deaths which occur without a doctor being in attendance are reported to the authorities and are publicly investigated. Then the poison may be openly blamed, without risking any loss of public confidence in medicine. In those cases where a doctor was in attendance, the death is almost always blamed on the disease — which, of course, the doctor was

    'fighting with the poison. A routine death certificate disposes of the matter, and once again statistics conceal the vital facts.

    The late Dr J.H. Tilden, aconspicuously outspoken observer in matters of health and disease, had this to say about the links between medication and cardiac disease:

    The most formidable complication in rheumatic fever is the heart involvement, but I am not disposed to believe that the fever has as much to do with the heart complications as the prevailing treatment. Years ago, when I gave drugs with the superstitious idea of cu ring the disease, I succeeded in establishing a heart involvement in nearly every case. Since I gave up the use of drugs I have seen but little rheumatic heart disease of a serious character, except when consulted by those who have been medicated and 'properly' nursed.

    ... the joint involvement may not be great, but there is liable to be a decided heart involvement; any state that can be brought on from thrombosis may develop... life depends upon successfully removing the cause. It is criminal ignorance to medicate such a disease.

    Tilden went on to note that rheumatic endocarditis is frequently a sequel to badly treated rheumatic fever. It is, however, alsofound in those who have never suffered from the fever, but who have undergone medication of the same kind. 'It is hard to say how much the heart trouble is due to treatment and how much to the blood intoxications.'

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