Reason and Facts (1920)

In chronic diseases it is useful to pick out the peculiarities of each past illness, combine these with the unusual features of the present complaint and then seek for the remedy which covers the combined feature….

Seen in its larger aspects sickness is an irregular or disorderly conversion of vital energy. We classify the coarser effects into forms, which are named diseases; but its finer and subtler activities, those by which likes call to likes for aid, are not so easily formulated. The manifest power which advances matter through chemical affinity expresses itself in sentient life first as animal instinct then as human intuition and lastly forms the basis of reason. In proportion as a relatively higher faculty becomes latent the next lower one takes on more activity. This is a law of life. When we see the human intellect acting feebly, nature again falls back upon intuition suggesting what she wants by simulating it. It is nature’s oldest language, the detailed study of which should be the business of the consistent Homeopath.

Following this thought we soon come to realise that nature’s calls for help in sickness may come from any of its phases and that only a careful and intelligent scrutiny can discern the significant points of each case. In saying this we are not unmindful of the fact that whole epidemics also have their own peculiarities. Headaches, for instance, with vertigo are common enough, but when dizziness precedes the headache it is unusual and peculiar to Calcarea-carb., Platina, Plum-bum and Tilia.

Symptoms may become prominent or even appear only during some one stage of a given malady, thus taking a very high rank. Prodromal symptoms belong in this class, when they may even outrank the deeper constitutional effects of latent or apyrexial periods. In chronic diseases it is useful to pick out the peculiarities of each past illness, combine these with the unusual features of the present complaint and then seek for the remedy which covers the combined feature, always bearing in mind that the latest development most likely contains the real deciding symptom. It is to be feared however, that the habit of letting this latest development overshadow the whole case is a little too common for the good of the patient.

The doctrine of signatures has been derided and said to rest upon pure fancy; but I know of no accidents in nature and everything has an adequate cause, hence we should not be too ready to attribute such things to mere coincidence. Such correspondences are too numerous as well as much too striking to be lightly passed over. lt seems rather a case of not knowing just what they mean or what the real connection is.

At the risk of seeming to ask hard questions we may inquire why the time of the honey bee’s greatest activity corresponds so closely to that of the Apis aggravation? Why the poison of the sleepy Surukuku is most active a little while after falling to sleep? Why Kali bichromicum crystals become tougher on exposure to the air? Why the twining Convolvulacea cause twisting intestinal colics, etc., etc.?

One might amplify such instances almost endlessly, but it all comes to this at last, that whether occurring singly or in combination, these things by their very peculiarity mean something, be they found in the world of nature, at the sick bed or in drug effects and it should be our business to know their meaning if we wish to become real healers of the sick. If we would be proficient we must be able to avail ourselves of great sources of information and it ill becomes us to look upon any field of nature as a closed book. We must remember that the dry rules and classifications of our text books are only the scaffolding of our temple of knowledge, whose shrine abides within us where lies the true path of power.

C.M. Boger
Cyrus Maxwell Boger 5/ 13/ 1861 "“ 9/ 2/ 1935
Born in Western Pennsylvania, he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and subsequently Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia. He moved to Parkersburg, W. Va., in 1888, practicing there, but also consulting worldwide. He gave lectures at the Pulte Medical College in Cincinnati and taught philosophy, materia medica, and repertory at the American Foundation for Homoeopathy Postgraduate School. Boger brought BÅ“nninghausen's Characteristics and Repertory into the English Language in 1905. His publications include :
Boenninghausen's Characteristics and Repertory
Boenninghausen's Antipsorics
Boger's Diphtheria, (The Homoeopathic Therapeutics of)
A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica, 1915
General Analysis with Card Index, 1931
Samarskite-A Proving
The Times Which Characterize the Appearance and Aggravation of the Symptoms and their Remedies