The first step in the study of homoeopathic science is not always the same, but as obvious things make the strongest appeal many converts have been made after seeing or experiencing the power of similia. Such clinical demonstrations keep for us a perennial interest….

As truly as the pathway of truth is rarely strewn with roses, so the lure of of glittering gold only too often marks the meanderings of falsehood. This is doubly applicable to those pretenders who in the name of homoeopathy often sit in high places and dispense abominations to an unknowing public. For several decades these so distant homoeopaths clung to the pathological fetish, but as science further weakened the already slender threat which connects drug action and gross pathology more and more, they very opportunely found a new refuge from the drudgery of studying materia medica in the serums, at once the basest as well as the most insidiously dangerous imitations of our potencies. Here however a worse fate awaits them, although the persecutors of homoeopathy have also unwittingly found a new a powerful ally therein, that will also help to thoroughly renovate it.

In common decency all men who are thoroughly in earnest should be willing to work just as hard to master the science and art of homoeopathy as they would be compelled to do were they studying engineering, astronomy or any other great science. Those not willing to do this should retire to the ranks of guess- makers, who go by the name experimentalists or so-called rational physicians, where they will find congenial company enough. Real science will never be advanced by any such dabblers; they are only imitators, and very poor misguided ones at that.

That which continually meets the eye also moulds our ideas, so that but few minds are at the same time broad enough to get a firm hold on detail as well as grasp of the larger aspect of things. The specialists naturally incline to a narrower view of things; the microscopist rarely becomes a man of good all round sound judgement, etc.

This is the weak spot of modern medical instruction and is a strong argument for liberal education along the line of the essentials, leaving the minutiae for later development.

The real homoeopathic physician is such a specialist; he makes materia medica and the exemplification of the law his daily study. To him it is a labour of unflagging interest and love., wherein he lives and almost has his being. Thus and only thus can he make cures that are impossible to the old line physician and thereby justify a separate existence. It must be his aim to do things, and do them well; no other course is honestly possible under the law, which like all natural laws is exacting in its demands and knows no compromise.

The first step in the study of homoeopathic science is not always the same, but as obvious things make the strongest appeal many converts have been made after seeing or experiencing the power of similia. Such clinical demonstrations keep for us a perennial interest because each new case offers a fresh riddle for solution, excites anew our curiosity or challenges our ability, thus raising new hopes, the greatest of all aids to curing. Every problem solved opens the way for other and better work. This is in itself not only a source of satisfaction to all concerned, but a mental exercise in which all the powers if thought are concentrated upon finding and applying the exactly suitable remedy.

That self limitation or removal of the cause may release enough recuperative powers to pressure recovery cannot be over looked, but this is always a vastly different thing from the prompt restoration witnessed in genuine homoeopathic healing.

While it is not always feasible to predicate the outlook in disease, its truly dynamic origin origin alters the point of view considerably, even though we do not know just what force is, in spite of seeing its manifestations on every side. Our potencies differ in no apparent way from other natural objects and it’s only by their suitable application that we discover their inherent power or force. That such forces should be more active in a sick than in a well organism should require no argument, when we remember that the former is in a state of more or less vital disharmony which can best be harmonized by a synchronously acting (similar) power. If we justly attribute transitional manifestations to force, to what else can we ascribe the sudden crises that follow giving the simillimum in acute diseases or the gentler but steady restoration in chronic affections.

C.M. Boger
Cyrus Maxwell Boger 5/ 13/ 1861 "“ 9/ 2/ 1935
Born in Western Pennsylvania, he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and subsequently Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia. He moved to Parkersburg, W. Va., in 1888, practicing there, but also consulting worldwide. He gave lectures at the Pulte Medical College in Cincinnati and taught philosophy, materia medica, and repertory at the American Foundation for Homoeopathy Postgraduate School. Boger brought BÅ“nninghausen's Characteristics and Repertory into the English Language in 1905. His publications include :
Boenninghausen's Characteristics and Repertory
Boenninghausen's Antipsorics
Boger's Diphtheria, (The Homoeopathic Therapeutics of)
A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica, 1915
General Analysis with Card Index, 1931
Samarskite-A Proving
The Times Which Characterize the Appearance and Aggravation of the Symptoms and their Remedies