Nature is a good friend but a bad enemy. Recognizing such symptoms as signs by the wayside indicating the road and the direction in which nature (the life principle) is developing her counter-attack and resistance, we take the same road, follow the signs and bring up reinforcements. In order words,we give a medicine which has the power to produce symptoms similar to those of the sick, previously ascertained by testing them upon persons in health, and strengthen the resistance by instructing the intellect in the principles of a true, spiritual philosophy.

Such is my belief, and thus I co-ordinate my theology with medicine.

“Here we feel but the penalty of Adam,

The seasons difference; as the icy fang.

And churlish chiding of the winters wind,

Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,

Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say.

This is no flattery; these are the counsellors.

That feelingly persuade me what I am.

Sweet are the uses of adversity;

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life, exempt from public haunt.

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones and good in everything.

Stuart Close
Stuart M. Close (1860-1929)
Dr. Close was born November 24, 1860 and came to study homeopathy after the death of his father in 1879. His mother remarried a homoeopathic physician who turned Close's interests from law to medicine.

His stepfather helped him study the Organon and he attended medical school in California for two years. Finishing his studies at New York Homeopathic College he graduated in 1885. Completing his homeopathic education. Close preceptored with B. Fincke and P. P. Wells.

Setting up practice in Brooklyn, Dr. Close went on to found the Brooklyn Homoeopathic Union in 1897. This group devoted itself to the study of pure Hahnemannian homeopathy.

In 1905 Dr. Close was elected president of the International Hahnemannian Association. He was also the editor of the Department of Homeopathic Philosophy for the Homeopathic Recorder. Dr. Close taught homeopathic philosophy at New York Homeopathic Medical College from 1909-1913.

Dr. Close's lectures at New York Homeopathic were first published in the Homeopathic Recorder and later formed the basis for his masterpiece on homeopathic philosophy, The Genius of Homeopathy.

Dr. Close passed away on June 26, 1929 after a full and productive career in homeopathy.