Mentally and emotionally ill patients should be treated with calm and firmness and without reproach.
Mental and emotional diseases that arise from somatic diseases can only be cured by homeopathic medicine that is directed against the internal miasm, in conjunction with carefully adapted living habits. It is also important that the patient’s physician and relations observe a psychically fitting approach towards the patient as an assisting diet for the soul. To raging insanity, they must oppose quiet fearlessness and cold-blooded [unemotional] firm will. To distressing, plaintive lamentation, they must oppose silent regret in their looks and gestures. To senseless chatter, they must oppose a silence not wholly inattentive. Disgusting and atrocious behavior and chatter should be opposed with complete inattentiveness. They must safeguard against property damage without reproaching the patient for this, arranging everything so that corporal punishments and torments are thoroughly abolished. 193 This is all the more easily effected since in the homeopathic administration of medicine (administration of medicine being the only case in which compulsion could be justified as an excuse) the small doses of helpful medicine are never conspicuous to the taste and can therefore be given in the patient’s drink without his being aware of it so that all compulsion becomes unnecessary.
193 One must be astonished at the hard-heartedness and indiscretion of physicians in several mental institutions. These cruel physicians, without seeking the true medical mode for such diseases-the only helpful, homeopathic medicinal (antipsoric) way-content themselves with tormenting these most pitiable of all human beings by means of the most violent beatings and other excruciating martyrdoms. By these unconscionable and revolting procedures, they lower themselves far beneath the level of prison guards, for prison guards execute such punishments only because it is the duty of their official position and they do so upon criminals. These physicians, on the other hand (humiliated due to their medical ineptitude) seem to vent their spite against the presupposed incurability of mental and emotional diseases by being tough on the pitiable, innocent sufferers. These physicians are too ignorant to furnish aid and too indolent to adopt an expedient curative procedure.