Aphorisms & Precepts



Antipathic medicine produces opposite effect, singles out the region. It is in this way, in a general sense, with similars, and would, if given in small doses, be Homoeopathic.

Bromides in minute potencies are capable, of relieving congestion to the brain in a most wonderful manner, but in using them in doses large enough to force contraction of blood vessels, the Allopath shows that he is only in a shadow of the truth.

Mongrel cures are by this method, and their cures are not permanent. It is antipathy and suppresses all symptoms that disappear.

The old definition used to say that anything capable of extinguishing the Vital Force was a poison. This cannot be denied today, but we may say now, that anything capable of engrafting itself upon the economy so as to produce incurable injury, is a poison. The tincture or third potency of China, if Homoeopathically indicated, may establish another disease very quickly in a strong constitution.

The man who thinks it rests in the size of the dose does not know Homoeopathy. One who lives in his sensorium thinks that way, from without inward. He operates because he has seen others do so.

The physician will never grow stronger and wiser, so long as he thinks there can be a substitute for the remedy.

In regard to alternation, if the remedy is found which is similar to the condition, you do not need two remedies, and if neither are similar of course you do not.

When two remedies antidote each other, it cannot be said that one is more powerful than the other. It is like an alkali neutralizing an acid, the one added last seems more powerful, but this is only in appearance.

Power, then, is due to degrees in similitude. It is true that as it is more similar the remedy is more powerful and vice versa. Nature never cures except by similars. Year by year you will gain respect for this similar.

Every accidental cure that has ever occurred is founded on this law.

The Homoeopathicity cannot be increased by increasing the dose. If it is right at all, you increase its Homoeopathicity by elevating its quality toward its interior nature so that it corresponds more perfectly to the Vital Force.

We do not take disease through our bodies but through the Vital Force.

When a man takes a remedy in too large a dose, he feels worse and his symptoms are worse; with a higher potency, he feels better, though his symptoms may be aggravated.

It is all important to see the remedy in its nature as a sick being.

Disease is a proving of the morbific substance. It is not true that there is one law for disease and another for drug effects, but the degree of susceptibility governs.

Whatever man is susceptible to, such he is, such is his quality.

One who thinks from the material, thinks disease is drawn in from without, but it is drawn out from within.

When a child takes Scarlet Fever it, doesn’t get the dose exactly adapted to it, so it has the disease.

The one who has had Smallpox is no different so far as his character would reveal, or the microscope, yet he has no susceptibility. It has been satisfied in that particular direction.

When we think of susceptibility we think of a state of the Vital Force in which it can be easily made sick by certain other simple substances.

Now, when a person susceptible to Rhus gets a whiff of air from a vine, he at once has the disease fastened upon him, and is not subject to further poisoning though he lie under the tree from which he was poisoned until he recovers.

It is the same with Scarlatina. If he were not fortifled against the poison, at the instant he took it then it would continue to affect his system, and poison him more and more until it killed him.

If you think names you will think remedies, you cannot help it. Any physician with pathological notions in his head, if he find no organic disease, is apt to think his patient is sick only in the imagination.

The prejudiced mind is not content to write down simple facts and symptoms but says “I will examine the organs and parts, and see if congested or inflamed, and then I shall know what to do.”

All causes are external which flow from exterior to interior.

Organic changes constitute the same as external causes, because it is the external man. It is like the influence of the atmosphere, or like a splinter in the tissues.

The results of disease never form the image of the nature of the disease, the symptoms alone do this.

We must think what makes the patient sick; not what causes changes in his liver, his kidneys and his other organs.

When the ignorant reason about pathology, they should correct pathology by the patient, instead of trying to correct the patient from a pathological standpoint.

There is no cell or tissue so small that it does not keep its soul and life force in it.

Would you think of curing a tumor? If you would you misunderstand this grand philosophy. You may administer a medicine which cures that which is wrong with the patient, and as a result the tumor disappears.

The physician is not called upon to cure the results of disease, but the disease itself. All pathological changes must be regarded as the results of disease since all disease is dynamic.

Homoeopathy causes aggravations; it touches the very secret. It relates to the patient. All disease causes exist in this realm.

Note the difference between the aggravation of the disease, and that belonging to the remedy. Large doses really aggravate the disease, high potencies aggravate the symptoms of the disease.

Avoid unnecessary aggravation of symptoms by adjusting the potency to the patient.

The action of the remedy is mild. The medicine does not act violently, but the reaction of the economy in throwing off the disease may be violent. As soon as order is restored a tumultuous action may begin.

Crude drugs aggravate the disease, while high potencies aggravate the symptoms of the disease, and do not engraft upon the economy a drug disease, provided the remedy is not repeated._

We have in the image of the disease an exact representation of the image of a remedy. Do all things come by chance? Can man meditate and become an Atheist? A man who cannot believe in God cannot become a Homoeopath.

We cannot even see all the symptoms in disease. We can see the expression of the face but cannot know what that represents. There is nothing in the outer man that does not have its beginning in the inner man.

Don’t change the slightest symptom, observe everything. Receive the message undisturbed and get it on paper, there is no other way for a physician to perform his function and do his duty.

How dare you meddle with that image? How dare you meddle with those symptoms? There is an intelligence at the other end of the wire.

The questions of palliation will annoy you, especially in early years. You will be pressed upon all sides by women who wring their hands and by men who hear the cries of women. But what authority have you to hush the cries of the patient, if by palliating you do away with the ability to heal him.

When symptoms are removed by the reaction of the economy they are more likely to stay away than when removed by the action of drugs. Crude drugs given on theory only suppress symptoms.

If a remedy whose superficial symptoms agree with the superficial symptoms of a disease, but whose nature is different be given, it will cause a suppression if it acts at all.

An inappropriate prescription may be the stepping stone to breaking down.

It is the same if the physician prescribes for this and that group of symptoms. Avoid this, for it is not healing the sick.

The more violence you see, and the more necessity for haste, and the more severe and the greater suffering of the patient, the more harm you can do by a false and foolish prescription.

A man who prescribes from a keynote for everything mixes the case up, and has to wait a long time to see the sickness as it really is.

When you give a remedy be sure that the nature of the remedy and the nature of the disease (as well as the symptoms) agree.

Can you not see that it is not another disease simply because this or that organ is affected.

An inflamed liver is not the disease. The liver is not the cause of itself.. it is under the control of the Vital Force, and it is what the Vital Force makes it.

We can never be good Homoeopaths if we think of tissue changes as diseases. They are but the results of disease. We must think from within outward.

A cure is not a cure unless it destroys the internal or dynamic cause of disease. A tumor, if removed, does not cure the patient, because its cause still continues to exist.

Irregular sensations are the evidence of disease. The Vital Force undisturbed gives natural sensations. Only a sick Simple Substance (Vital Force) can give abnormal sensations.

Power comes in the direction of similitude, not of intensity, and gains power only in proportion as it is similar.

It does not take any enormous quantity to cure people any more than to make them sick.

It is only by sustaining the sharpest kind of work that you will keep up your reputation, and be able to cure sick people.

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.