Law of similars


The law of Arndt Schulz gives a justification to the use of small doses and in the limit of that homoeopathic law and allopathically where small doses join together…


There are some general and theoretical limits and some partial limits or some practical limits:

General and theoretical limits: They are excellently expressed by M. Martiny who has studied the biological problem of Homoeopathy (Le Monde Medical, December, 1935). The law of Arndt Schulz gives a justification to the use of small doses and in the limit of that homoeopathic law and allopathically where small doses join together (Prof. Agr. De Lore, Review of compared pathology, January, 1937).

According to that law:

Small excitations provoke the vital activity;

The mediums augment the excitations;

The strong excitations depress it;

The very strong excitations abolish it.

M. Martiny has shown that “when a cell is submitted to an exterior chemical action, three modalities may be produced.

1. The cell is killed, the albumins are coagulated by the exterior substance, the colloidal chemistry of its compound is broken up. The brutal action without subtility, without specificity, having the only interest relative to the homoeopathic pathogenesis. This destructive action may be local by a direct action on the tissue or on the contrary elective by a direct action on the tissue or on the contrary elective by attack in two times. There is between the organ attacked and the toxic product a biochemical affinity a syntony, which is called pexy.

“Macroscopic or microscopic pathological anatomy, that important basis on which the medicine reposed fifty years ago, help to note in a rough manner but very apparently, the experimental pathogenesis.

2. The cell is affected by a toxic dose but not mortal: its suffering is translated by a functional symptomatology. The physio-pathology shows essentially the quality of the first action and thus is precised the pathogenetic picture of the toxicity.”

3. WHILE THESE TWO AGGRESSIVE MODALITIES OF THE REMEDY BELONG TO THE SPHERE OF PHARMACODYNAMICS AND WILL ALWAYS GIVE SOME SUCCESSES FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF EXPERIMENT ALLOWING TO CERTAIN ALLOPATHS TO SAY THAT IT IS TRUE IN THIS FIELD, there exists a third method by utilising only for experiment some hypophysiological doses or even infinitesimal. “Thus every brutal shock to the organism being avoided, the cellular reactions seems more pure and more complete.”

“The physiological doses or lightly hyperphysiological or even infinitesimal help us to register the primary effect of the exterior agent followed afterwards by a delay more or less long some secondary effects, very often inverse of the primary symptoms.

“The hypophysiological doses and infinitesimal doses help to register the primary effects in an absolutely clear way in patients particularly sensitive or sensibilised. But the reaction is on the contrary terrible variable in its intensity, according to the balanced state more or less perfect of a living cell at the moment of the medicinal shock.”

“It is for this reason difficult to realise experimental homoeopathy. The latter is not alone the pharmadynamic test of a medicinal substance, toxic in infinitesimal dose. It is also of a medicinal substance, toxic in infinitesimal dose. It is also the research of the specific reaction of a cell to the minimum action (toxic or not) of a substance foreign to the tissues or to the humors on an organism prepared by analogy or identity to be infinitely sensitive against the substance.”

However, it is the experiment which, in future will set better the limits of the use of the substance in minimum doses, WHICH DOES NOT ACT CLEARLY BUT ACCORDING TO THE PRINCIPLE OF SIMILITUDE. There is therefore a theoretical limit for the application of the law of similaris which resides in the doses used. The toxic doses which kill the cell is to be rejected. The physiological doses are of the sphere of the classical medicine. There remain the minimum doses which are so often of the sphere of similitude.

Mauritius Fortier-Bernoville
Mauritius (Maurice) Fortier Bernoville 1896 – 1939 MD was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become the Chief editor of L’Homeopathie Moderne (founded in 1932; ceased publication in 1940), one of the founders of the Laboratoire Homeopathiques Modernes, and the founder of the Institut National Homeopathique Francais.

Bernoville was a major lecturer in homeopathy, and he was active in Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, and a founder of the le Syndicat national des médecins homœopathes français in 1932, and a member of the French Society of Homeopathy, and the Society of Homeopathy in the Rhone.

Fortier-Bernoville wrote several books, including Une etude sur Phosphorus (1930), L'Homoeopathie en Medecine Infantile (1931), his best known Comment guerir par l'Homoeopathie (1929, 1937), and an interesting work on iridology, Introduction a l'etude de l'Iridologie (1932).

With Louis-Alcime Rousseau, he wrote several booklets, including Diseases of Respiratory and Digestive Systems of Children, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Rheumatism, treatment of hay fever (1929), The importance of chemistry and toxicology in the indications of Phosphorus (1931), and Homeopathic Medicine for Children (1931). He also wrote several short pamphlets, including What We Must Not Do in Homoeopathy, which discusses the logistics of drainage and how to avoid aggravations.

He was an opponent of Kentian homeopathy and a proponent of drainage and artificial phylectenular autotherapy as well.