Disease and drug study in general



It might readily and truthfully be said that the true man has no prejudices. It is certain that the true man is one free from prejudices, one who can listen, who can examine evidence and who can meditate. What would we think of a judge who could go into a case with strong prejudice? The law provides that a judge cannot sit in judgment over his brother or over his wife, or over his other relatives.

In a homoeopathic physician an unprejudiced mind can only be attained by learning all the truth and all the doctrines of Homoeopathy. If a physician goes in with prejudice for a certain potency or a certain disease, or a prejudice against certain principles, he is not in a rational state, he is not in freedom with the patient and he goes into the examination in ignorance, and if he cannot free himself from prejudice he cannot prescribe. If a man has arrived at a degree of sound understanding concerning the doctrines of Homoeopathy, concerning the doctrines of potentization, concerning the doctrines that relate to chronic and acute diseases, concerning the Materia Medica, he goes into it with full freedom, with an intention to examine the case in all its length and breadth, and to listen patiently. He listens to the friends of the patient and he observes without prejudice, with wisdom and with judgment. He must go into the case without forming any judgment whatever until all the witness have told their tale and all the evidence is before him. Then he commences to study the whole case. That is doing it without prejudice and for this a sound under-standing is necessary, with a clear knowledge of all things relating to the subject and to all of his duties.

If an allopathic physician was to come in and listen to the long examination of a case by a homoeopath he would want to know what it was all about. He does not see anything in it, because he has not a knowledge of true materia medica. The homoeopath’s purpose is to transfer a man’s sickness to paper and so find the image of the sickness in the Materia Medica. The allopathic physician could not do that; he could not put the image of the sickness on canvas so that he could fit the picture to the Materia Medica, for he would not know one of our medicines with which to compare it.

The unprejudiced mind then comes from sound understanding, and a sound understanding comes from education. The education we are now talking about is an education in Homoeopathy, becoming acquainted with all the doctrines step by step. After being taught how to give attention and what to give attention to fidelity is necessary. This faithfulness would never be shown by one who had not removed all his prejudices by opening his mind to the principles and doctrines.

Here we work together; we all work after the same fashion. Take everyone of the students that goes through here for a year, and you will find that he has the ways of the school and carries the stamp of the school. Just as the stamp of Harvard or the stamp of Yale is upon every student that comes from either of these institutions so the stamp of the Post Graduate School is upon every student that goes through its curriculum with faithfulness and earnestness.

What we are now about to consider is the plan for the faithful and careful examination of a case. It is our purpose to cure the case, and it is necessary for this purpose to bring the patient’s symptoms in the very best possible way before the mind. This is a long and tedious study, and there are many difficulties in the way. Disease must be brought our in symptoms, with the end of its becoming a likeness of some remedy of the Materia Medica.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.