According to Hahnemann then, the strength (size) of the dose is very important, and the more homoeopathic our remedy in a given case the greater the danger of doing harm. Yet we cannot accept any mans dictum, and faith can have no place in science.


THE theory of the dynamization of drugs was, perhaps, and arcanum, of the chemists in the middle ages, and was promulgated by Hahnemann as a doctrine, while this century was still young, ant it may be regarded as the natural outcome of his law of cure; he say: “The homoeopathic healing art develops for its purposes the dynamic virtues of medicinal substances, and, to a degree previously unheard of, by means of a peculiar and hitherto untried process (i.e. by triturating and shaking).

By this process it is that they become penetrating, operative and remedial, even those that, in a natural or cured state, did not exercise the least medicinal power upon the human system.” Organon, No. 269.

Then again, No. 275- “The appropriateness of a remedy for a given case of disease depends not alone on its being homoeopathically just the right one, but it also depends as much on the right strength or sufficient smallness of the dose.

If you give too large a dose of a remedy, even though it be fully homoeopathic to the morbid state present, and be it never so harmless in itself, it will be sure to do harm simply by its quantity, and by the unnecessary overstrong impression which it will make by acting exactly on the parts f the organism rendered tender and weak by the natural disease, and this it will do you the very reason of its like homoeopathic action.” (No.273 of 4th German edition.).

According to Hahnemann then, the strength (size) of the dose is very important, and the more homoeopathic our remedy in a given case the greater the danger of doing harm.

Many followers of Hahnemann accept his law only, and cast aside the theory of increasing the remedial power of a drug by trituration or succession as irrational and unscientific, and these are by no means the least accomplished or least scientific of them, and also by no means the least popular.

Perhaps we may go so far as to say that the more a man is prone to scientific research, the less easily can he conceive it possible to exalt the remedial energy of a drug by diminishing it quantity even though the diminished quantity be spread out over an indifferent medium; and the more popular he is, the less likely is he to tread the tortuous path. Thus Dr. Kidd tells us (Laws of Therapeutics, pp. 34, 35. London, 1878) “Twenty-seven years ago I saw the essential truth of Hahnemanns law was totally independent of his speculations about dynamization. Adopting with great delight the law of similia similibus curantur as the chief, though not the only, foundation for therapeutics,

I learnt for myself that Hahnemanns sober teaching, the use of the pure undiluted tinctures, was far better guide to heal the sick than Hahnemann drunk with mysticism, calling for the exclusive use of infinitesimal doses. The latter I cast aside in toto as untrustworthy and unjust to the sick, whose diseases too often remained stationary under treatment by globules, but were most effectually and quickly cured by tangible doses of the same medicines which failed to cure when given in infinitesimal doses.”.

Dr. Kidds position entitles his opinion to great respect,but until he published satisfactory accounts of those sick “whose diseases too often remained stationary under treatment by globules” [was the right medicine in those globules?] we take it only as his own subjective opinion, fully concurring in his own quotation from Plato that “nothing can be more repugnant to an ordinary mind than the thorough sifting of deep-seated, long- familiarized notions.”.

Dr. Kidd also states (op. cit., pp. 33, 34); “Truth is greater than Hahnemann, and of late years his speculations about Psora and infinitesimal doses have been tacitly up by all the most skillful and intelligent of his followers.” The italics are mine.

James Compton Burnett
James Compton Burnett was born on July 10, 1840 and died April 2, 1901. Dr. Burnett attended medical school in Vienna, Austria in 1865. Alfred Hawkes converted him to homeopathy in 1872 (in Glasgow). In 1876 he took his MD degree.
Burnett was one of the first to speak about vaccination triggering illness. This was discussed in his book, Vaccinosis, published in 1884. He introduced the remedy Bacillinum. He authored twenty books, including the much loved "Fifty Reason for Being a Homeopath." He was the editor of The Homoeopathic World.