1. "We are prone to thinking of drug abuse in terms of the
and illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. It may surprise
you to learn that a greater problem exists with millions of people dependent
on legal prescription drugs." Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.
2. "Medicines are of subordinate importance because of their very nature
they can only work symptomatically." Hans Kusche, M.D.
3. "If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be
bad for the fish and good for humanity" Oliver Wendell Holmes, (Prof. of Med.
4. "Drug medications consists in employing, as remedies for disease, those
things which produce disease in well persons. Its materia medica is simply a
lot of drugs or chemicals or dye-stuffs in a word: poisons. All are
incompatible with vital matter; all produce disease when brought in contact
in any manner with the living; all are poisons." R.T. TraIl, M.D., in a
two and one half hour lecture to members of congress and the medical
profession, delivered at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
5. "Every drug increases and complicates the patients condition." Robert
6. "Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature's
protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of
transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with
later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but
the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the
time." Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.
7. "The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression
of acute disease by drug poisoning." Henry Lindlahr, M.D.
8. "Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciably
helped by medicine." Richard C. Cabot, M.D. (Mass. Gen. Hospital)
9. "Medicine is only palliative, for back of disease lies the cause, and
this cause no drug can reach." Wier Mitchel, M.D.
10. "The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease
and once from the medicine." William Osler, M.D.
11. "Medical practice has neither philosophy nor common sense to recommend
it. In sickness the body is already loaded with impurities. By taking drug -
medicines more impurities are added, thereby the case is further embarrassed
and harder to cure." Elmer Lee, M.D., Past Vice President, Academy of
12. "Our figures show approximately four and one half million hospital
admissions annually due to the adverse reactions to drugs. Further, the
average hospital patient has as much as thirty percent chance, depending how
long he is in, of doubling his stay due to adverse drug reactions." Milton
Silverman, M.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, University of California)
13. "Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that
which would make a well man sick." L.F. Kebler, M.D.
14. "What hope is there for medical science to ever become a true science
when the entire structure of medical knowledge is built around the idea that
there is an entity called disease which can be expelled when the right drug
is found?" John H. Tilden, M.D.
15. "The necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines, is a
duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious effects;
and the time is not far distant when the drug system will be abandoned."
Charles Armbruster, M. D.
16. "The cause of most disease is in the poisonous drugs physicians
superstitiously give in order to effect a cure." Charles E. Page, M.D.