The toe nail responds to a wave from the solar plexus; a certain headache comes from the collective effect of an empty stomach; a tooth may suffer from the same affliction as the liver though its expression be modified according to its anatomical and physiological functions, while both represent an imponderable though real,ethereal or psychic disharmony, etc.
Hahnemann, while translating articles on materia medica, was so struck with the action of Cinchona that he decided to take large doses of it and note its actions or effects on his own body. He was surprised to find how the symptoms thus produced on his own healthy body corresponded to the symptoms of the intermittent fevers he was recording.
In an attenuated remedy this envelop or container is so broken up that the little that remains acts instantly by its container being immediately broken open and the entire power being freed all at one time, its contained power acting and passing off instantly so that all that remains is the continued result or effect of that action which must be met quite differently from that of the pre-action of the so-called crude drug.
To know what is curable in disease, what is curative in the remedy and how to apply the two is, in the last analysis, very much of an art, and in the handling of the collected symptoms allows great freedom. Dr.Rabe said in one of his editorials, we are sometimes compelled to look cock-eyed in order to see the picture. It is this freedom and lack of empiricism that is homoeopathys strong fort.
This case is a boy of two and a half, the son of very wealthy parents. He has been under the care of a pediatrician since birth, but still has eczema, mostly dry and scaly behind the ears, on the face, buttocks, and in the flexures of some joints. It is not severe and not constantly present but is annoying. It is aggravated by eating celery, meat, fruit and sugar.
Therefore the doctor again went over the case and discovered that the good woman has slipped on the ice, some months previous, had wrenched this knee but had not thought it worth while to speak of it. Clinical pathology, in the form of trauma to deep tissues, of long standing, pointed the way to a deep-acting remedy for bruised tissue, tincture of Bellis Perennis, as recommended by Dr.Burnett of England.
The surgeon, like the poor, we shall have with us always. As to modern surgical technique we have nothing but admiration, and as to surgical judgment as we have seen it in some individuals, that thing so much finer and more comprehensive than mere operation, we have still more admiration, and often wish that it could be coupled with homoeopathic understanding.
Many of them are but old gags in new clothing. The original assaults against homoeopathy were extremely bitter; but these gave increased energy to its advocates to fight harder for the principle. Really, the more it was assailed by its enemies, the more it denounced barbarous and unscientific practices of the age, in which it was universally victorious.
Sometimes there is evidence of syphilitic infection, sometimes there is not, and dont be too sure that you can spot a case of syphilis every time. I have seen cases of syphilis in both men and women which I have observed them again months or years later, and carefully hunting for evidence of the disease, I have been unable to discover any-in some such cases the Wasserman would be still positive, in others negative.
Homoeopathy has shown steady growth up to the present time. The vision which the American Foundation for Homoeopathy has for the next ten years, and their determination to reach this objective within this period of time, will carry the banner of homoeopathy still higher during the present generation. Homoeopathy has progressed and it will progress; it is imperishable and it cannot die.
There is not one here but has noted the production of tubercles in the lugs following the suppression of nasal or laryngeal catarrh; the treatment drives it down out of reach as well as the patient. Intelligent persons are learning that it is dangerous to suppress haemorrhoids, scrofulous glandular swellings, etc., etc. They are finding out the same things as regards catarrhs and, in fact, all local manifestations.
This work consisted in new kind of re-proving. Various types of both sexes were subjected to the influence of a definite drug in a definite potency. Parenthetically I might add that dilutions is a bad term, as it is quite misleading and inaccurate as well. I firmly believe that the provings should be made without the provers knowledge. Then nothing is imagined.
The fear of the white man has passed. We can operate on almost any condition or disease we are care to undertake. The inmates of a hospital do not now want to leave when another dies. They are building better homes, wearing nicer clothing, using some sanitary measures, and beginning to see the benefits of some of the innovations brought in by the white man.
The so-called characteristic symptoms are based upon individuality, that is to say, they are the peculiar or unusual symptoms that by themselves or by their close relationship to other symptoms form a symptom-picture that differs from every other symptom-picture in the materia medica. This is more striking the better the remedy is proved and the greater has been its clinical use.
Medical papers of merit have appeared in unbroken succession over his signature for near half a century and publishers have gladly given to the profession, extensively read volumes from his pen. Editing the Iowa Journal for so many years and being connected with the Institute and the Institute journal for so long a period, it is doubtful if, in the long list of able leaders, any other name in all this time is better or more favorably known.