Value and limits

And the action of local tropism of certain substances for certain tissues and certain organs is itself a characteristic of that biological specificity which is at the basis of the application of the law of similitude.

It is curious to observe that during the last fifty years the paths followed by the official school and by homoeopathy have been parallel, that is, to say they were nearer but without allowing to meet each other. Bedsides the directions were inverse for the two schools.

The convergence began to take place since to short time ago, thanks to the neohipporatic movement.

Homoeopathy is based:

1. On the principle of similitude of which:

2. The corollary is the use of microdoses.

But it is the corollary which is generally admitted by all the officials: the action of microdoses in the forms of hormones, of diastases, of vitamins amino bases, of metal colloids, of antigens, of vaccines of toxins, of catalytic substances etc. As regards the principle of similitude it is well admitted by the officials that it may be used in many cases, but it is not even now accepted in order to give it a general sense, It is for us, homoeopaths, to show that the principle of similitude is one of the laws of therapeutics.

Professor Loeper expressed himself in this way to the Society of Comparative Pathology in December, 1936.

“The utilisation of vaccines, the reactogens of all kinds, serve as examples and proofs and atleast has established some striking analogies. The classical therapeutics does not hesitate now to use the infinitesimal doses of histamine in urticaria and asthma, that it does not hesitate to use the typhoid vaccine. It hopes even for the ground of injection and also some combinations which give birth to new products, more personal, more adapted and more specific.

“We are glad to see that we are no more on the antipodes, the one from the others and we can attribute to Galien and Hippocrates, the contraries and the similars.”

We rejoice to catch a glimpse of the possibility of the use of a chemical body in minimum doses to fight the diseases which will be produced in the organism by the higher doses of a similar substance.

Let us call it, if you like, the chemical vaccination and let us accept that it is similar to microbe vaccine rather than to the biological vaccination, which proceeds from an analogous principle and which arrives at the same end.

Thus we help and we will help still the slow rediscovery of the principle of similitude to outrun the official therapeutists. Before defining the sphere, the possibilities and the limits of the application of the principle of similitude, we are going at first through a new sphere of this principle, which is due to the latest discovery of biology.

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.