Dynamization of Medicines Contd


By our ordinary method of preparing the attenuations, the whole mass of the second trituration only contains the hundredth part of the grain, the third only the ten-thousandth part, and the fourth only the millionth part….


Doppler on the great and the small in nature- He accounts for the increased power of triturated drugs by the increase of the superficies of the medicine-Fallacy in Doppler’s calculations- Chemical explanations-Physiological analogies-Spallanzani’s experiments with frog’s spawn-Arnold’s experiments with frog’s spawn-Arnold’s experiments with frog’s spawn-His experiments with cow-pock lymph- D’ Amador on the action of imperceptible agents-Rau asserts the possibility of dynamizing certain point- Otherwise attention causes loss of power-He believes in the transference of medicinal power-Schron denies the truth of the dynamization theory- Kretschmar also denies its truth-So also Trinks-Werber, Wolf, Fielitz, Schmid, Lietzau, Strecker, Schneider, AEgidi, oppose the theory-Curious theories of two dilettanti-Gross’s contradictory oracular utterances- Rummel’s attempt to explain dynamization-Terrific effect of too much shaking / Rummel’s recantation-Kampfer admits and denies the dynamization theory-Hartmann opposes it-Veith says it is a revival of Zoroaster’s philosophy -Schubert thinks the medicine becomes spirit-Griesselich ridicules the notion of a transference of medicinal power-His explanation of dynamization-Joslin attributes the increase of power to the comminution of the drug- Foundation of the dynamization theory-By the small dose the specific effects of the medicine are more certainly produced- Improbability of a separation of the medicinal power-Does trituration render insoluble soluble? Doubtful correctness of some of Mayrhofer’s observations-Facts that have encouraged the notion of dynamization-Smaller doses often relatively stronger than larger.


At the conclusion of the last lecture I gave you an account of Dr. Mayrhofer’s microscopic investigations relative to the homoeopathic attenuations, and described the appearances of several of these attenuations when subjected to a high magnifying power. Those investigations and the representations he gives of the microscopic appearance of the dilutions bring the infinitesimal quantities of our preparations within the cognizance of our senses, and severe to realize the imperfect conceptions we are apt to form of the actual nature of a Homoeopathic attenuation.

Mayrhofer having thus, as it were, rescued homoeopathic preparations from the region of the vague and the spiritual, to which they had latterly been consigned by Hahnemann and so many of his followers, and brought them back to the domain of the physical and material, prepares us, as it were, for the views of Professor Doppler of Prague, which I shall next lay before you.

Doppler, professor of natural philosophy in the University of Prague, a distinguished cultivator of the exact sciences, was from the character of his habits and mode of thinking, to likely to take a hyperdynamical or transcendental view of the effects produced by minute subdivision. Professor Doppler’s essay, to which I am alluding, is entitled On the Great and the Small in Nature, and was published in Baumagartner and Holger’s Magazine of Physics and the Allied Sciences, in 1837. In the essay itself there is no mention made of homoeopathy, but from its whole tenor it is evident that homoeopathy is what the learned professor alludes to. He starts by saying that we are not justified in attempting to estimate the effects of substances by the size of their mass, but that their effects are proportionate to the extent of their active superficies. Precisely Hahnemann’s original idea, viz., that his remedies were rendered more efficacious by thorough admixture with an unmedicinal substance, in consequence of their then presenting more points of contact to the living organism.

Doppler shows that the physical superficies of a medicament is increased in a fixed mathematical progression by its being rubbed up with a non-medicinal vehicle; but that this is not the case if it be rubbed up without such vehicle, in that case the increase of the superficial extent soon ceases. I may here give some of Professor Doppler’s calculations. A cubic inch of sulphur broken into a million of equal pieces, each no bigger than a grain of sand, has its surface increased by the subdivision to more than six square feet. Again, if a grain of this sulphur be mixed thoroughly, by prolonged trituration, with ninety-nine grains of non-medicinal matter, this grain, in what corresponds to our third trituration, will offer a surface of two square miles in extent; at the fifth trituration it will be equal to the whole of Austria; at the sixth equal to the united continents of Asia and Africa; and at the ninth to the whole surface of the sun, with all its planets and their attendant satellites. Doppler contends that with this enormous increase of surface there is a proportionate increase of free electricity. This free electricity, Doppler conceives, acts particularly upon the living nerve, which he believes to be a good conductor of electricity in this form.

R.E. Dudgeon
Robert Ellis Dudgeon 1820 – 1904 Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1839, Robert Ellis Dudgeon studied in Paris and Vienna before graduating as a doctor. Robert Ellis Dudgeon then became the editor of the British Journal of Homeopathy and he held this post for forty years.
Robert Ellis Dudgeon practiced at the London Homeopathic Hospital and specialised in Optics.
Robert Ellis Dudgeon wrote Pathogenetic Cyclopaedia 1839, Cure of Pannus by Innoculation, London and Edinburgh Journal of Medical Science 1844, Hahnemann’s Organon, 1849, Lectures on the Theory & Practice of Homeopathy, 1853, Homeopathic Treatment and Prevention of Asiatic Cholera 1847, Hahnemann’s Therapeutic Hints 1847, On Subaqueous Vision, Philosophical Magazine, 1871, The Influence of Homeopathy on General Medical Practice Since the Death of Hahnemann 1874, Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica, 2 vols 1878-81, The Human Eye Its Optical Construction, 1878, Hahnemann’s Materia Medica Pura, 1880, The Sphygmograph, 1882, Materia Medica: Physiological and Applied 1884, Hahnemann the Founder of Scientific Therapeutics 1882, Hahnemann’s Organon 1893 5th Edition, Prolongation of Life 1900, Hahnemann’s Lesser Writing.