HOMOEOPATHIC AND PAEDIATRICS by DR. D. M. FOUBISTER (B.Sc., M.B., D.C.H., F.F. Hom. (London)).
There are many ways in which Homoeopathy can be of service in the treatment of children; the subject is a large one and it is possible only to touch on some aspects of it. An understanding of the place of Homoeopathy in paediatrics as in other branches of medicine, can best be achieved by an appreciation of its meaning. The enquirer must free himself from preconceived ideas and detach himself from accustomed trends of thought. Otherwise, theoretical objections usually prevent the ultimate test of any method of therapy to try it out to see if it works. The majority of doctors who practice Homoeopathy were led to it by some chance personal experience. Although it is not necessary to practice Homoeopathy using small doses of drugs, the use of drugs in potency is so integral a part of homoeopathic practice, that it is advisable to review the steps which led Hahnemann to advocate the use of potentized remedies. Such remedies do not act by suggestion nor did they simply appear to achieve success by protecting the patient against treatment which, in Hahnemann’s day, might have been worse than the disease.