Many are addicted to the grading of remedies and look eagerly to the final score for the highest ranking drug. This is very dangerous and can lead one astray. The greatest check to this error is to refer to the materia medica before actually deciding. Often a highly graded remedy as to several chief points may give a very fine result, but it is risky business. It has been used by the writer when pressed for time, but he far from advises it as good practice.
DEATH. Man is more concerned with his exit than his entrance because he cannot remember his entrance and by some experience of one kind or another forms some conception of his probable exit. This most likely accounts for the very little celebration w hen a child is born, other than a few cards, a few presents and the passing out of a few cigars, as compared when one makes his exit.
THE CORRESPONDENCE PRINCIPLE AND HOMOEOPATHY. It is said to be bad taste and worse psychology to begin a paper with apologies. Bad as it is, I would rather warn you beforehand and have you escape reality by a peaceful sleep than to have you suffer it out.
SOME THOUGHTS ON A SCIENTIFIC MATERIA MEDICA. Right here we are stymied, since the action of the organism itself is so imperfectly known. A perusal of books trying to explain the mechanism of pain alone, while showing advances, are pitifully lacking in many respects, making us aware of the brick walls we are up against. As to other symptoms we are wandering about in a such deeper forest.
WHERE IS SCIENCE. When one reads of the marvels of science in the newspapers and periodicals of the day, he often wonders what happened that things got off the track before they got to him as a customer or beneficiary, whichever way you want to term it. Scientific carburettors in your car which flood, wonder drugs which clog your kidneys and decorate your skin.
THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. The whole thing is a masterpiece of organization, complex in its nature and most Nazified in its operation. Having a baby outside of a hospital is a crime in Chicago far worse than gambling, bootlegging and other forms of sin. It matters not whether the mother and child do well; they have violated all of the laws of infection and the last techniques of the august authorities who know just how it should be done.
SURGERY MINUS. Several years ago I heard of a man up in Canada who had an infected wound which resulted in his whole arm swelling and become so badly infected that two or three surgeons had said that the arm had to come off. He happened go visit a friend of his, a farmer, way out in the open, and the man said, “Shucks, you arent going to lose that arm. Just come over here to the barn”.
THE FETTERED MIND. The Greeks, who did so much to develop geometry, grew stale when they could find no new uses for it and it became only an amusement for the idle rich and a necessity for the worshippers of culture for cultures sake. It took the barbarians with new problems and a burning desire to solve them to carry geometry into analytical geometry.
BRYONIA ANTI SUPPRESSANT. Bryonia seems to act mostly on the body by disturbing the fluid metabolism. Everywhere is dryness. The skin and mucus membranes dry up and no fluid seems to be able to reach the surface. Thus, suppressed colds and suppressed eruptions. There is dryness of the serous membranes and we have pleurisy, etc. Dryness of the sheaths of muscles and tendons with resulting rheumatic pains.
Perhaps the above title is not the truth for this reason: During her recovery the discharge never returned. She never had any signs of meningitis and she improved greatly in general health. Where the pus went I do not know. In spite of it she had no return of ear trouble, the specialists is still swearing and yours truly is still waiting to be reimbursed.
Everyone who has built up a repertory has rightly insisted that only confirmed symptoms be included. The Therapeutic Pocket Book is the finest example of this. Boenninghausen was uncannily accurate in his estimations. If we are to fit together the jigsaw puzzle of our patients symptoms, the parts must fit accurately.
Homoeopathy was founded on a law and law doesnt change. Law is the same yesterday, today and forever. That is what the doctor brought out in a very nice way, and it is for that reason that we, those of us who have grasped that truth, stick so thoroughly and so doggedly to Homoeopathy. We know we are right. We know that armed with that law we can cure sick folks, and that knowledge brought to the bedside confirms the law. We do cure them. We cure them after the scientific methods are utter failures.
Developing a keen observation gives a great amount of information that all the “pumping” in the world cannot give. The manner in which they tell you things, their reaction to what you say and do, and, of course, the whole gamut of observable physical symptoms furnish a gold mine of facts. To do this requires a long practice and close application.
Weepy disposition; cries violently with facial jactitation or alternating with laughing and weeping. Piteous wailing. Inconsolable anxiety. Peevish, impatient. Screams aloud from least touch; with pain. Throws self about, constantly changing position; cannot continue long at one thing. Music unbearable, makes one sad. Sad and solicitous. Timid, especially after fright and about the dark.
To know what is curable in disease, what is curative in the remedy and how to apply the two is, in the last analysis, very much of an art, and in the handling of the collected symptoms allows great freedom. Dr.Rabe said in one of his editorials, we are sometimes compelled to look cock-eyed in order to see the picture. It is this freedom and lack of empiricism that is homoeopathys strong fort.
Boenninghausen was the first to realize this and he devoted the greater share of his time to helping the struggling beginners to a better understanding of homoeopathy. He was perhaps the greatest teacher because he blazed the trail and pointed out the way. He was the first to bring Homoeopathy into a logical and systematic form. His labors pointed out a way for future development.