Classroom Talks

Discussion on the remedies, complimentary medicine, acute and chronic prescription. Dr. Kent’s advice to investigate the case completely before prescribing and he also warn not to prescribe just on the fixed ideas for the particular remedy….

Chronic tendency to congestion of the head, when Belladonna has been the remedy that gave relief to the acute expression of the disease, Calcarea Now, I don’t mean you to understand that during the attack Calcarea would be the better remedy. Belladonna corresponds more fully to the acute manifestation. Calcarea would agg. too strongly; but after the attack a dose of Calcarea will cure the tendency to repeated return of these congested conditions.

So when each time the patient takes a cold, he has swollen tonsils, tonsillitis, and has chronic induration of the tonsils Baryta carb.

Now, we do not mean that Baryta carb. would be the best indicated remedy during the acute attack many remedies may be better indicated but that a dose of Bar-c after the attack, would be indicated, and would cure the tendency to return.

Don’t commence the treatment of any chronic disease during the exacerbations.

In epilepsy you will never cure unless you first find a remedy that covets and corresponds in every respect to the acute attack. Then follow with the complimentary or chronic as the curative.

In chills and fever a prescription before or during the paroxysm will certainly increase the violence of the paroxysm, and hinder, if not complicate, matters.


Hahnemann has been accused of alternation, of saying that Bryonia and Rhus. alternated.

Now, Hahnemann did not mean you were to put one remedy in one glass and one in another, giving first of one and then the other; Bryonia and Rhus. are complements of one another, and Hahnemann meant just this: You have had the symptoms and given the similar, Bryonia, and you will often find that when Bryonia has ceased its action the symptoms of Rhus. will begin to shadow forth. Now, wait a little; you will have a clear picture of Rhus. You give it, and after a little Rhus will have done its work. Again the symptoms of Bryonia may appear, and so on until you have finished your case.

Arnica, Rhus, and Calcarea often follow one another this way: A sprain in joint, bruised condition Of muscles, would be well covered immediately by Arnica The injury does well for a time, but after a week or two there is still some weakness and pain. Now Rhus is also similar, but belongs to a later period. So Rhus takes up the case, carries him comfortably on for some months, when he suddenly finds its power over the condition gone, and that he has a rheumatic stiffness in the strained joint coming on after cold, damp weather.

Now Calcarea is indicated and will finish the case.

Hahnemann has said that we would often find that certain of the remedies rotated, i.e., Sulphur, Calcarea, Lycopodium, one might say of that, as of alternation, to place each in a tumbler by the bedside, giving from first, second, and third in succession, etc.; but that is not the point. The great master intended you to know that many times (not always) the symptoms of sulph. would be followed by those of Calcarea, and those again by symptoms of Lycopodium, returning to Sulph. after Lycopodium, and so on until the case is completed.

It is well for you to know these things, that you may be watchful and prepared to solve the problems as they arise.

The better prescribers use the most profound reasoning in the study of their cases and in their search for a remedy. To show you how you must think and study out your symptoms by a comparatively simple case and how to prescribe when you seemingly have but one symptom:

A lady comes to my office with extreme restlessness of lower extremities. Well, I think that is Zincum met., preeminently, and many, many others. Yet I do not stop there. I inquire further, and find that a few days before she has been out in the rain and got wet. “Where, your feet?” Oh! no! My feet were protected but my head got very wet. Why, think I, that sounds like Belladonna I must see if Belladonna has restlessness of the limbs. Sure enough, Belladonna has it, and Bell, cures with no further return of symptoms.

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.