The stage was get for mighty happenings. Heroes from every field of human activity trotted over the Western continent. Alas! what about the followers of AEsculapeus? The old Galen, the Roman, seemed to rule the medical section of the arena. Eighteenth century medicine was dominated by theories and systems, by cults and creeds of diverse sorts.
Many are addicted to the grading of remedies and look eagerly to the final score for the highest ranking drug. This is very dangerous and can lead one astray. The greatest check to this error is to refer to the materia medica before actually deciding. Often a highly graded remedy as to several chief points may give a very fine result, but it is risky business. It has been used by the writer when pressed for time, but he far from advises it as good practice.
Hahnemann laid the foundation and covered all the salient points in his writings, from the first essay in 1796 to the sixth edition of The Organon. As intimated above, the keener minds among his successors, men like Jahr, Boenninghausen, Hering, Lippe, Wells, Close, Kent, Boger, Case and Roberts, amplified his instructions and added new suggestions for their application, especially for the use of the very high potencies.