This sentence contains three propositions. Fist, that truth is greater than Hahnemann; admitted as a truism. Secondly, that of late years Psora and Dynamization have been tacitly given up; admitted as to some but not as to the vast majority.
[ Since writing this I have been honoured with a copy of an Address delivered before the Annual Assembly of the British Homoeopathic Society, June 20th, 1878, by R. Douglas Hale, M.D., etc., Vice- President of the Society, and on page 6 read, inter alia, “We emphatically deny that we have ceased to employ the infinitesimal dose].
But even suppose it were true of all, would the presence of nothing but atheists in the world do away with the Supreme Being? And thirdly, that these tacit up-givers of “Psora” and “infinitesimal doses” constitute “all the most skillful and intelligent of his followers”.
Of course we all know that those poor psoric dilutionists have neither skill nor intelligence; and besides, Codlins the friend, not Short.
The absolute proof that the apsoric crude-druggists monopolize “all the skill and intelligence” lied in their tacit mode of doing the doughty deed. They have invented a new system of philosophy-the tacit method, and “cast aside” exclaiming, “get thee behind me, for I am more skillful and intelligent than thou art.”.
But casting the doctrine aside without adequate experimental enquiry does not become science because it is done by a scientist; we are all very apt to leave the rules of scientific investigation at the door when we involuntarily feel we will not have a thing be true.
The writer has long been cast about on a sea of doubt and perplexity with regard to this doctrine of drug dynamization: he has frequently listened to the arguments brought forward for and against it, and frequently himself joined in ridiculing it, constantly feeling himself unable to believe it possible that the remedial potentiality of a given drug could be increased by any process of subdivision whatever, in fact, by any process whatsoever.
The question is constantly presenting itself to ones mind thus: can the billionth of a grain be potentially more than a grain? and the ready answer willingly follows-impossible. It may be conceded that the doctrine of drug dynamization is a priority, absurd: so is homoeopathy. How can a drug that causes diarrhoea cure diarrhoea? Surely it must make it worse. What,castor oil for an alvine flux? Clearly it cannot cure it. Yet experiment shows that what causes diarrhoea does indeed cure diarrhoea; like does cure like whether we believe it or not; and hence, what is a priority absurd, may be a posteriorly true.
We are all very apt to lose sight of the fact that our beliefs have nothing to do with truth. Truth is truth whether it be believed or not. The born blind may not believe in the existence of the sunlight because he does not see it. Sound is absurd to the deaf.
The existence of the word paradox shows that things apparently absurd and untrue may yet be true in fact.
However, there is this to be well considered. In the drug treatment of disease we have to deal with conditions and not with entities, and it is not paradoxical to suppose that two like and equal forces may neutralize one another.
Two equal showers of rain will make the ground wetter than one, but a pair of scales weighed down with a one grain weight is restored to equilibrium by the addition of another one-grain weight on the other side; it is similar in its action, and like in its power, only it works at the other end of the beam. Here the state of equipoise is brought about by similar means that are also equal: rest results from two motions.