Aphorisms & Precepts

All matter is capable of reduction to its radiant or primitive form.

Contagion does not come by quantity but by quality

The quality of contagion is similar in its nature to the cure.

The symptoms, themselves, point to the thing which the individual is sensitive to, and every one is susceptible in just this way to the remedy that will cure. That which he most wants, is that which Nature has provided him with the means of reaching out after by the symptoms.

A patient may be poisoned by a crude drug, when the substance potentized would have cured him. The individual comes in contact with too much of something he is sensitive to, and gets sick.

If a man were in perfect health he would not be susceptible.

The same susceptibility is necessary to prove a drug, as to take a disease. That is the Homoeopathic relation. Hence we see what contagion is.

We now see that we have something substantial; that something is disturbed by something as invisible and substantial, as itself. These two, coming together, disturb each other under fixed laws relating to Primitive Substance.

That which we call disease, is but a change in the Vital Force expressed by the totality of the symptoms.

Never amuse the patient with things that will injure him

All prescriptions that change the image of a case cause suppression.

It is just as dangerous to suppress symptoms by drug, as it is to remove them with the knife.

It is better to do nothing at all than to do something useless; it is better to watch and wait than to do wrong.

The idea that you must relieve a patient of his chills at all hazards, that you must give him Quinine, and Arsenic afterwards, if that does not work, is all wrong. You will be tempted to do these things, unless you have grown up within yourself a new conscience, and realize that it is criminal.

Diseases, themselves, cannot be suppressed, but symptoms can. The totality of the symptoms must disappear in an orderly manner in order to constitute a cure.

All physicians recognize that suppressing an acute rash is dangerous, but all are not far sighted enough to see that such is the case with chronic eruptions, excepting that the resulting symptoms come more slowly.

The value of the service is nothing, your use is first, and so long as you have this in mind, you will grow.

Man must continue in his uses in order to continue to understand.

The physician who ceases to study a case before he sees what the patient needs, is neglecting that case. He falls into a habit and it becomes second nature to prescribe without reflection.

You see Homoeopathy in a superficial way only when you see the similarity of the symptoms to the remedy, the mere outward manifestation. You must see that the interiors are related to each other.

When the materia medica is fully learned you see at a glance the image of the remedy. It looms up before you. You know it as a physician of experience knows measles or scarlet fever.

Only a few drugs will be similar enough to cure, and there will be only one similimum.

We cannot educate a patient until after he is cured. We have to let him think about it in his own way. But steal in and cure him. Do him good. This is the all important thing.

A memorizer applies the exact sentence of the proving to the exact sentence of the patient and Homoeopathy never becomes alive in him.

Man must keep on plodding as long as he lives. He must be patient and toil on; candid, kind, and gentle as a lamb, ready and willing.

Perception comes with use.

There is plenty of room for lazy doctors the other side of the gulf of knowledge. They can render a night’s sleep and open the bowels.

The quiet, silent manner of perception is to be cultivated. The physician must be sober, candid and able to receive,

The more ignorant the physician the more he will do

Most doctors have gone crazy over the “vicious microbe” as being the cause of disease, and think the little fellows are exceedingly dangerous.

As a matter of fact, the microbes are scavengers. I wonder if scientists reflect when they make statements about bacteria. Naturally they would say that the more bacteria the more danger, but this is not so. It is well known that shortly after death a prick from a scalpel is a serious matter. This is due to ptomaines of the corpse; but when the cadaver has become green and filled with bacteria it is comparatively harmless.

The microbe is not the cause of disease. We should not be carried away by these idle Allopathic dreams and vain imaginations but should correct the Vital Force.

Save the life of the patient first and don’t worry about the bacteria. They are useless things.

The Bacterium is an innocent feller, and if he carries disease he carries the Simple Substance which causes disease, just as an elephant would.

It would seem that with only the occasional cures from Bromine, and Secale, and Hellebore, that the Old School might have long since discovered the Law. But their books say “No Law.” All their books say “No Principle, only Experience.” Therefore their students are debarred from looking for law or expecting law.

It is easy enough to find something different, but one may look a long time to find a similar. It is more natural to suppose that the curative remedy would be found in the similar which is so rare and requires so much labor to find.

That man may enter and look from within upon all things in the physical world is possible. He can then account for laws and perceive the operation of laws.

The record of symptoms on the healthy human family then, is the first thing to be known. We store up our Materia Medica in this way. On the other hand the Old School physician stores up his diagnosis of diseases. It is out of comparing these great storehouses with each other that we may ascertain whether there is such a thing as law.

It is a law that if man does not think from firsts to lasts, he becomes disposed to sickness by doing evil through thinking wrong. This state precedes susceptibility.

Susceptibility is prior to all contagion. If an individual is not susceptible to Smallpox he cannot take it, and will not receive it though he goes near the worse cases, or eats a smallpox crust.

A piano tuner has restored harmony to a piano; has added nothing and taken nothing from it, yet has restored it to harmony. A change that is unknown to one who does not think is visible to the internal eye.

If man has no chronic miasm he would not have acute disease. It is because he is susceptible to these outside influences.

All diseases exist in a Simple Substance, which can penetrate when resistance is lost. This lack of resistance constitutes susceptibility.

When an individual is made sick by the crude substance, and even by the lower forms of Simple Substance, as in Rhus poisoning, it shows that he needs that substance on some plane. The dose has been yet too large to cure.

Much belongs to man and the outer world which the microscope has not yet revealed.

The Outermost has all within in to the Infinite in degree,

This Primitive Substance abides in everything that forms, grows, feeds, or has individuality, or identity. It is that which ultimates an exterior form suitable to its own existence. That causes the Aconite plant to be Aconite, and nothing else to the end of the world.

Simple Substance is continuously endowed with intelligence from first to last, mineral, plant, and animal kingdom.

Radiate substances have degrees within degrees, in series too numerous for the finite mind to grasp.

Arsenic, for example, is capable of identification from its Outermost to its Innermost. In the external form the degrees are limited. When it has passed to simple substance, the Radiant form of matter, it has infinite degrees,

To express the degrees from the Outermost to the innermost, we might say a grain of Silica is the Outermost; the Innermost is the Creator.

It is from this primitive Substance that man is created his intellect made, his body formed. It is subject to all the laws of influx.

Now describe a condition of affinity? When you see the attracting correspondence between spheres by which they are drawn together, you wonder. What a world it is in which we don’t live or only partly live!

Every body has its atmosphere, just as the earth has its atmosphere. It is not the Smallpox crust that is so dangerous, it is the Aura which emanates from it.

Aura is a means by which warning is given between spheres; between plants and objects, between animals and persons. Objects are related to each other and give out. We find affinity and repulsion by this aura.

The aura of crude substances increases in intensity and breadth by the elimination from the lower to the higher. This is the order of things in relation to auras, that is, Simple Substance.

If you have an idea of the nature of sickness, you will know about the action of remedies.

Everywhere this Simple Substance is a bond of order. The Vital Force, like Electricity, is a bond of order. It builds in accordance with its necessities because of that which was prior to it.

Disease comes from within through this Primitive Substance. It is subject to disturbance, and creates a form corresponding to its own sick self,

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.