Examination. The following is of interest, being from a letter written by Hahnemann, wherein he gives a specimen of the examination to which he would sub…

The following is of interest, being from a letter written by Hahnemann, wherein he gives a specimen of the examination to which he would subject a Homoeopathic candidate: “Dear:I have much pleasure in making your acquaintance, and agreeable to your desire, I put to you some question, from your answers to which I shall be able to judge of your capability to practice Homoeopathically and to cure patients of all sorts

“1. What course does the true (Homoeopathic) physician pursue in order to obtain a knowledge of what is morbid, consequently of what he has to cure in the patient?

“2. Why does a name of a disease not suffice to instruct the physician as to what he has to do in order to cure the patient? For example, why should he not at once give Cinchona bark when the patient says he has got fever (as the Allopath does)?

“3. How does the true physician learn what each medicine is useful for, and consequently in what morbid states it can be serviceable and curative?

“4. Why does the true physician view with horror the prescribing of several medicinal substances mingled together in one prescription for a disease?

“5. Why does it shock the true physician to see blood drawn from a patient, whether by venesection, or leeches, or cupping- glasses?

“6. Why is it an abomination for the true physician to see Opium given by the Allopaths for all sorts of pains, for diarrhoea, or for sleeplessness?

“7. Why does the Homoeopathist prepare gold, plumbago, lycopodium-pollen, culinary salts, etc., by triturating them for hours with a non-medicinal substance, such as sugar of milk, and by shaking a small dissolved portion of them with water and alcohol, which is termed dynamising?

“8. Why must the true physician not give his patients medicine for a single symptom (for a single morbid sensation)?

“9. When the true physician has given the patient a small dose of a medicine selected by reason of similarity of the most characteristic symptoms of the disease, that is to say, capable of itself producing similar symptoms in the healthy individual, with good results (as might naturally be expected), when ought he administer an other dose of medicine? How does he then perceive what medicine he ought to give?

“10. Why can the Homoeopathic medicines never be dispensed by the apothecary without injury to the public?

“11. When you shall have replied to these questions in writing I shall be able to judge if you are a true Homoeopathic practitioner.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.