Relation of Gout to Voluntary System

Dr. Kent’s advise on the treatment of chronic disease. Mental state right from childhood must be taken into account to reach the similimum….

When four to six years old she hated her sisters and her mother.

When fourteen, she began menstruating and fainted with the violent cramping uterine pains at each period. When thirty, she had gouty finger joints.

When she was a child we could not call the mental state gout, nor at puberty could we think of gout, but was she not then afflicted with the beginning of what was later a gouty condition? When she was a child Fluoric acid would most likely have cured her. When she suffered at puberty she needed Lapus albus. When she became gouty she was cured of her lifelong sufferings with Silica fluorica calc. In many similar cases I have noticed that gouty conditions begin and continue along the course above described. Must we stretch our imagination, then, to say that the same remedy would have cured her if she had had it in infancy?

Why not let such cases lead us to things first, instead of things last: – the diagnostic symptoms or ultimates? Is it not possible to perceive that we have not fully taken the symptoms of any adult case, if we have neglected the symptoms from childhood to the present? Drugs may have obscured the recent symptoms, but if the mother can describe the mental state of the child we have a good beginning, and can sometimes see what remedy was needed before the drug doctor or the near-homoeopath obscured the case.

To cure the results of disease-the ultimates-we must be guided by the symptoms that represent causes and first periods of developing sick constitutions. The man who waits for pathology to guide him to a remedy for a constitutional sickness is most unwise. We sometimes see the remedy shining through the pathology, but generally only the smallest hints are visible. These hints may strengthen the indications, but it is better to strengthen the indications with the early symptoms. If we are to arrest gouty formations we must look for early mental symptoms, as the gouty concretions give small clue to the remedy.

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.