This section of the book is from the "Handbook of Nature Cure Volume One: Nature Cure vs. Medical Science" book, by John L. Fielder.
The ethics of being a patient are rarely emphasised, but they are almost as important as those of the practitioner. For example, a new Nature Cure patient may be required to produce a medical certificate that he is unfit for work. The medical doctor who examines him will normally give some advice or a prescription along with the certificate. It is vitally important that the patient should make it clear to the doctor—however tactfully—that his advice is not sought; only his signature. This may cause some feelings at the time, but it is the only honourable course. As a Nature Cure patient, the subject is likely to undergo a more rapid and successful recovery than a medical patient, and this "usually good" recovery will undoubtedly be credited by the medico to his prescription—unless the patient has explained the position. In a recent case of this kind a young woman undergoing a violent fever was advised by the doctor to take a proprietary sulpha drug. The drug was not taken and the patient made a rapid (normal Nature Cure) recovery. The doctor now believes that the drug produced a wonderful cure and will certainly use it in all similar cases in the near future. The deadly effects of the sulpha drugs are well-known to our readers, and it is impossible to assess the suffering in others which may result from that patient’s lack of moral courage.