How Symptoms Change

Changes in the symptoms does not always need the another remedy, …

EDITORS HOMOEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN:- For the interest of the members of the Rochester Hahnemannian Society, I desire to comment on the me related by Dr. Grant to the Society, and published in HOMOEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN, October, page 538, last line, where the Doctor gave Stannum. He notes that the patient came back and stated that the sputa had changed in the taste to “salty”. Stannum has the salty taste as well as sweetish, and it is very common for a drug to convert one symptom into another within its own sphere in curing. If it converts a symptom into one not within its own sphere the cure will be slow or prove to be not a cure.

When a patient returns and reports symptoms worse or changed, it is proper to look to see if the new symptoms are found under the medicine taken. If they are found there, the prescription is a good one and the physician may say to himself, Sac. lac. If the new symptoms are not found in the search into the same proving there are two conclusions to be settled by waiting:

I. The case may need another remedy.

II. If the cases goes on to quick recovery it will be found that the new symptom or symptoms will some day belong to the pathogenetic symptoms.

The cultivation of this watchfulness leads to great accuracy in prescribing, as much will be gleaned that comes under useful knowledge. The field is a very large one, and the field of high potencies is especially a fertile one. Observing what develops in the aggravation of high potencies and the direction of symptoms is the grandest study in the materia medica.

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.