Organs of Art of Healing

Baldwin gives a very brief but precise summary of each aphorism of the Organon of Medicine, written by Samuel Hahnemann….


1. The physician’s high and only calling is to restore health to the sick, which is called healing.

2. The highest aim of healing is the speedy, gentle, permanent cure of the sick according to clearly intelligible reasons.

3. The physician should understand :

1st. What is curable in disease in general and in each individual case in particular;

2nd. What is curative in drugs in general and in each individual drug in particular;

3rd. How to apply, with distinct reason, what is curative in drugs to what is curable in diseases,

I. E.-A. How to match the proper remedy to the sickness,

B. How properly to administer the proper dose.

C. How properly to repeat the dose;

4th. And how to recognize and remove obstacles in the way of recovery.

4. The physician should be able to recognize and remove causes of sickness from the healthy.Sanitation and Hygiene.

5. The physician should be able to recognize the presence of chronic sickness.

6. The physician should understand that the observable morbid signs and symptoms represent the changes from normal in each individual disease, and that these observable signs, symptoms and sensations, taken together in their to totality, represent the disease in its full extent. And the physician should understand that only with these changes in the sensorial condition of the body and mind, discernible through the senses, should he concern himself as an observer of individual cases of sickness. In the examination of any particular case the physician should not speculate or generalize and should not be biased by any previous observations. The unbiased observer observes he does not speculate. He understands the futility of transcendental speculation unsupported by experience.

7. In disease, presenting no manifest exciting cause for removal, the totality of symptoms is the outward image of the inner disease, of the suffering vital force, related as cause and effect. These symptoms alone must constitute the medium through which the disease demands and points out its curative agent.

In each case of disease only this totality of symptoms is to be recognized and removed, by the art of healing, that it may be cured and converted into health.

8. When all the symptoms disappear, health remains. The cause removed the effects cease.

9. In health the vital force rules supreme, unhampered by any morbific influence. It harmonizes the vital processes, feeling and function is normal, there is a feeling of well being, the mind looks out, the senses are alert, the sense perceptions are clear and normal. In disease, the vital force in disorder, under the influence of a morbific potency, disorders the vital processes, feeling and function is abnormal, there is a feeling of ill being, the mind looks in, the attention is attracted by the perverted sensations of abnormal organ function that pass unperceived when normal. Thus in disease the fundamental sense of existence becomes distorted and mental concepts perverted. This phenomenon shows in the profoundest manner the indissoluble connection between psychic and physiologic life. The body is cognized subjectively not objectively.

10. The organism without the vital force is without conscious state or feeling and is dead. There is no reason in the attempt to divorce the psychic from the physical. The two are essential and indissoluble, in this life, forming the perfect unit. Consciousness is a manifestation of life not life of consciousness.

11. The organism, with the automatic vital force, to which is added a morbific influence, exhibits morbid abnormal function and sensation which is sickness, represented by symptoms of disease which are the whole perceptible effects of the vital disorder.

12. Therefore the disappearance of morbid feelings and function must prove restoration of vital force to normal and return of health to the vital organism.

13. Hence the idea that disease is a thing, separate and distinct from the living whole is preposterous and unthinkable. Disease is a condition not a thing, a cause producing effects perceptible to the senses and discernable even by the untrained observer, but more accurately by the trained physician.

14. In perfect accord with the infinite goodness of the omniscient Preserver of humankind, there is no curable, undiscernable, invisible morbidities or pathologies in the whole phenomena of disease.

There can be no curable symptoms that escape the attention of the patient and the notice of the astute physician. There can be devised no rational therapeutic procedure, to meet a hypothetical morbid state, or a baseless guess concerning the cause or nature of sickness.

15. The organism and the vital force are a unit not a duality. They are separated into two ideas only for convenience of comprehension. They stand related as producer and product. This producer, morbidly altered, producing a complex of externally perceptible symptoms, and the spirit-like dynamis animating our body in health and residing unseen in its interior, is one and the same.

16. The spirit-like dynamis, when disordered, is affected only by spirit-like morbid agencies. Hence dynamic action of remedial agencies must be used for purpose of cure. Life is the chemistry of the infinitesimal, the infinitesimal only can alter its processes or correct its disorder.

17. A cure cancels the inner change of the invisible vital force and thus removes the entire complex of perceptible effects, removes sickness in toto.

18. Hence, the totality of symptoms, being the only visible aspect of the phenomena of sickness, is the only guide to the remedy.

19. Therefore the curative power of medicines must rest alone on their power of altering the sensorial condition of the body, thus demonstrating their power of affecting the spirit-like dynamis.

20. Drug effects cannot be determined by reason or conjecture, but only by proving. A curative remedy does not have anything to do with causes attacking man from without. That is purely a problem of sound hygiene.

21. Therefore a drug’s capacity for curing sickness will be determined by its capacity for producing symptoms on the healthy human being.

22 Disease is manifest in its totality of symptoms. Drug action is manifest in its totality of symptomatology. Drugs must be applied, as remedies, to similar or contrary symptoms of disease as experience dictates.

23. Experience abundantly proves that palliation is transient and that the drug, selected as a remedial agent by the allopathic method, does not act curatively, but sets up opposite or contrary symptoms, which temporarily relieves the sick symptoms or ultimately suppresses or complicates them but never CURES them.

24. Therefore there remains no other method of applying drugs in the treatment of disease but the homoeopathic method, in accordance with which a drug is selected, having a totality of pathogenesis that matches, most nearly, the totality of the symptoms of the case of sickness to be treated. The drug should possess the power to produce an artificial condition most similar to that of the natural disease.

25. Experience abundantly proves that a drug properly potentized, that is having its infinitesimals properly liberated or rendered nascent, will cure that totality of sick symptoms most similar to its total pathogenesis. Q. E. D. Homoeopathic law. Similia, similibus, curantur.

26. This Homoeopathic law hitherto recognized but unacknowledged, but at times ignorantly used, is observed to operate when similar disease manifestation appear, simultaneously in any person.

27. Hence the healing power of medicine depends upon their power to produce symptoms similar to disease only more certainly.

28. This natural law of cure has been verified by every pure experiment and genuine experience and its faithful employment invariably yields a brilliant triumph of applied science, however an attempted scientific explanation of its mode of action is, probably, of little importance. Nature keeps upon her secrets a seal which no man can break. He may look, listen and use but he may not understand.

29. Nevertheless the following rule holds good, as the most probable one, since it is based entirely on empirical premises. Here follows a statement of the probable technique of the cure with a drug that drug must be selected as a remedy that will augment the natural healing reactions of the diseased organism by introducing by introducing into the presence of its vital forces an artificial sick producing influence (irritant) most similar in its effects to the symptoms of the sickness to be cured. And the remedy must be administered in such potency as will not overwhelm the vital reactions of the organism. Thus the homoeopathic remedy by exciting the identical reaction necessary to the elimination of the disease restores health to the sick without additional discomfort when the proper dose is properly administered and repeated.

This explanation may be correct. Examine it and have your own opinion. Nature’s facts and forces are used without being understood.

30. Drug action is always more certain and positive than the action of morbific influences. Immunity can be established to measles or other contagious disease but not to aconite or any other active drug.

31. The effects and symptoms produced by a morbific influence depends on the susceptibility of the individual. Susceptibility is intensified irritability of the organism. Individual irritability depends on constitution and disposition determined largely by living regimen. Bacteria or morbific potencies are of secondary importance in infection. A healthy individual does not readily become infected. During any epidemic only a small portion of the population comes down with the infection to which a larger proportion are presumably exposed.

32. But drug action is certain, never failing, and always characteristic, in accordance with the law of nature, in the absence of which there could be no confidence in scientific data. Like causes produce like effects.

33. Drugs are more certain to affect the feelings and sensations of the human organism than are extraneous noxious agencies.

34. Drugs produce symptoms similar to sick symptoms. Sick symptoms have their counterpart in drug pathogenesis. Nature accomplishes cures by superimposing similar symptoms, never by dissimilar symptoms.

35. There are three methods of applying symptom producing agents as remedies for the treatment of sickness 36.I. Dissimilar diseases, of equal intensity, never unequal, may coexist in the same body. Intractable chronic sickness provides immunity against mild dissimilar epidemic diseases. Authorities quoted.

37. Also allopathic treatment persisted in for years does not accomplish a cure. And the case will remain stationary if it has not been too harshly treated with drugs that cannot produce in healthy persons a condition similar to the disease. Examples are met with daily. Accidental homoeopathic cures occasionally result, when by a lucky grab into the medicine bag a homoeopathic remedy is exhibited.

38II. A new dissimilar disease, if of greater intensity, suspends the weaker, or old disease, which reappears when the new disease runs its course.

Twelve observed instances illustrating this fact are cited in foot notes.

39. For hundreds of years it has been observed that nature could not cure any disease by superadding another, however intense, if the latter was dissimilar to the one already present. A suppression by a dissimilar stronger disease does not result in a cure. Hence likewise the suppression of a natural disease by a dissimilar drug disease does not result in cure, but weakens the patient and complicates his already morbid condition.

40III. Since two dissimilar diseases cannot obliterate each other, they may exist together, in the same human organism each choosing its most accessible organ and continuing indefinitely, each to manifest its own particular and peculiar symptoms. Some exceptions to this rule have been observed. Two examples are cited in foot notes.

41. Thus inappropriate drugs, by their prolonged use, set up their dissimilar artificial sickness, complicate the disease, render incurable or difficulty curable, the natural, easily curable maladies. For this reason the indiscriminate use of patent and proprietary medicines, reduce the high standard of public health and increase chronic sickness and invalidism.

The temporary relief afforded by such medicines is deceptive and only prepares the way for the insidious encroachment of incurable chronic sickness.

42. Nature allows dissimilar diseases to exist side by side, neither can annihilate, neutralize or cure the other.

43. BUT when two similar diseases meet in the same organism the result is far different. An instance of this kind demonstrates how nature accomplishes cures and how this object can be achieved by art.

44. Two similar diseases cannot, like two dissimilar diseases; 1st, Repel each other; 2nd, Suspend each other, or, 3rd, Complicate each other.

45. On the contrary, two diseases differing in kind, similar in symptoms, when appearing in the same individual, the stronger will permanently overcome the weaker, which being a dynamic power without substance, i.e. a condition not a thing, ceases to exert an influence. By virtue of this principle, a successful vaccination with pure cow-pox will provide increased resistance to its most similar natural sickness, small-pox.

46. Examples illustrating the above described natural phenomena: 1, Smallpox has cured ophthalmia; 2, Blindness, caused by suppressed eruption has been cured by smallpox; 3, Smallpox has cured deafness; 4, Smallpox has cured swelling of the testicles; 5, Cow-pox lessens the intensity of smallpox; 6, Vaccination with cow-pox is a recognized preventive of smallpox; 7, Cow-pox frequently cures itching eruptions; 8, Measles has cured skin eruptions; 9, Cow-pox cured intermittent fever (Hardege) confirming the observation of Hunter, that two fevers, being similar, could not exist at the same time in the same body.

47. Nature demonstrates the process by which cures must be accomplished by art. Nature furnishes the most convincing argument in regard to the kind of artificial morbific potencies that must be used by the physician when choosing the remedy to match the disease in the practice of the art of healing.

48. Thus nature and art demonstrate that cures are made to result only by the exhibition of a morbific potency which can produce similar symptoms, but is somewhat superior in strength to the sick producing influence causing the sickness.

49. Abundant confirmation of this law could be had if observers had and would devote more attention to instances, proving it, brought to their notice.

50. Nature possesses scant resources she can apply, unaided, to cure disease. The curing of one disease with another similar disease is impractical. However serum therapy attempts to make a practical application of the principal. In the treatment of diphtheria with diphtheric antitoxin, the disease product, not of the most similar but of the same disease in employed. Serums, toxines and antitoxines are but products of the disease for which they are designed to act as curative or prophylactic agents. And in the desensitizing treatment for hay fever that pollen is used to which the patient is hypersensitive. But in the employment of drugs in the treatment of sickness the drug that will produce the most similar symptoms to the disease to be treated is the best that can be selected. And if frequently appears, when the remedy is well matched to the sickness, that the symptoms of the sickness and the symptomatology of the drug are practically the same. It is by this route, only, that man may make his escape from disease. He can, by applying, with distinct reason, an artificial cure, founded on natural law, observed to be operating in nature, speedily, gently, permanently cure sickness.

Nature confirms the law of cure, justifies the artificial employment of it, demonstrates the need of art and points the way.

51. Nature has few remedial agents she can herself apply. Man has at his command hundreds of morbific potencies, drugs derived from every realm of nature which are capable of being potentized and manipulated as to strength, size and frequency of dose, and that can be employed in the rapid cure of disease.

52. What intelligent, physician, sensing his responsibility, can continue to use, exclusively, allopathic methods, palliative methods, when nature and art prove that one of three unfortunate effects must result, viz : 1st, Palliation only; 2nd, Suppression by superadding another dissimilar disease; 3rd, Or complication with a few drug disease.

53. Genuine, gentle, (Hunterian) cures are accomplished, only, by the application of the homoeopathic principle, by utilizing the homoeopathic method, in accordance with the eternal and infallible law of cure.

54. The homoeopathic method is the curative one of the three :

1. Allopathic,

2. Palliative,

3. Homoeopathic.

55. The allopathic method is discussed in the preface. (Read it, it’s rich).

56. The palliative method pleases the patient, gives the doctor prestige, but ultimately injures both. It makes the patient a drugless healer and the doctor a therapeutic nihilist.

57. The allopathic method deals with the symptoms, not the sickness. Opium for pain and diarrhoea, cathartics for constipation, free bowel evacuations for the temporary relief of symptoms in any part of the body, warm baths for chilliness, wine for debility, cold packs for inflammation. Remedies so used are necessarily limited to few drugs.

58. The fault of the allopathic method is, it considers the deals only with single symptoms and not the disease. However thorough may be the diagnosis, the allopathic method will yield relief that is necessarily transient. This unsatisfactory result is due to a misconception or sickness and the limited number of drugs which allopathy applies to only a small part of the whole disease, that is, the most prominent symptom which is hopes to relieve.

When such relief terminates as it is certain to do, the disease returns much aggravated. This aggravation is generally interpreted, by the allopath, as a violent change in the old or the appearance of a new disease and is again assaulted, viciously and heroically, by the exhibition of a new assortment of inappropriate drugs, or a resumption of the first inappropriate drugs increased in strength or size of dose. Finally drug effects persist to the extent that the patient’s health and comfort is lost where he seeks it. Hammond, the chief advocate of the use of bromides, as a sleep producer, admits that the bromides put more people in the insane asylum than any other drug. No one is more thoroughly conscious of the damage done by indiscriminate laxative taking than the physician. This habit too is credited with causing insanity. The result is, at best, a crippled colon, chronic toxemia, with its hosts of ills. The injurious effects are upon the liver, kidneys intestines, colon, etc., which are so crippled that their task of elimination is neglected, due to exhaustion from overstimulation. The normally functioning organ does what it should, the exhausted or overstimulated organ does what it should not. The absorption of toxines, by the overstimulated mucosa of the intestines, induces auto intoxication, high blood pressure, rheumatism, organic heart, liver and kidney disease, and a host of maladies to which civilized people fall victims. These unhappy and fatal afflictions that rob life of comfort and hasten its end, result chiefly for the reason that inappropriate remedies are applied to primary sickness and that refined, processed, demineralized food products are habitually included in the customary diet.

59. As examples of allopathic effects note that diarrhoea, pains, cough bladder weakness, constipation, chronic debility, stomach-weakness, chilliness, burning, catarrhal discharge, partial paralysis, rush of blood to head, (treated by blood letting) torpid body and mind, rapid pulse, slow pulse, sleeplessness, etc., are temporarily relieved only to be renewed with added severity or complicated with superimposed drug diseases. Thus is intractable chronic sickness, invalidism and insanity multiplied as the direct result of allopathic methods of treating the sick. This narrative of misfortunes, suffered by those who seek and from accredited doctors, can be easily affirmed and enlarged.

60. The result of allopathic methods lead inevitably to ever increasing dose, never to cure.

61. The allopathic doctors had faith but lacked knowledge. They were not trained observers, so missed the obvious. All that has preceded should have been plain to anybody.

62. What follows explains the obvious. What follows furnishes verification by example and experiment, of the truth that, till now, was missed, till Hahnemann called attention to it. It has always been intelligible and vastly important.

63 to 69 present a general view of drug effects.

63. Every drug has two effects : 1st, Primary drug effect; 2nd, Secondary vital reaction just as does every other influence affecting the vitality, whether drug or morbific influence. 64. The vitality passively receives the primary drug effects, then actively by a secondary counter effect, curative crises, neutralizes the primary effects, if they are not so violent as to destroy the life of the individual.

65. For example hot water heats then chills, exercise warms then chills, cold water cools then warms, coffee stimulates then depresses, opium produces sleep then sleeplessness, purgatives purge then constipate, etc., etc.

66. Potentized homoeopathic remedies produce little or no perceptible primary effects, but set up curative reactive processes. The reactive curative processes may be set up by highly attenuated doses, not too frequently repeated, by reason of the extreme susceptibility of the patient having symptoms of sickness similar to the pathogenesis of the drug selected as the remedy.

67. Homoeopathic cures are salutary, allopathic palliation is detrimental, destructive of health and comfort. Allopathic treatment permanently destroys health, and renders sickness, by reason of drug complications, incurable or difficulty curable.

68. A slight drug effect may linger after a cure by a homoeopathic remedy, but soon disappears after the extinction of the disease.

69. The reverse takes place after an allopathic palliation, immediately the disease condition is aggravated, as soon as the drug effects subside.

70 and 71. Recapitulation of all that precedes and summary of all that follows.

70. 1st, Sickness reveals itself in no other way than symptoms, perceptible to the senses. Nothing else is to be removed, there is no other guide to the remedy.

CA Baldwin
CA Baldwin