Will someone who knew Kent intimately kindly tell us how much practice in acute cases he had or whether his work was chiefly chronic consultations?.
-I knew Dr.Kent many years; first when we worked together n the old Post-Graduate Clinic, and afterward as my personal physician and consultant; but in all of those years we never discussed the size or the character or his practice, so, probably I am not the one to answer the above question. Nevertheless, I would like to say that in the old Post-Graduate days I saw him do wonderful work in both acute and chronic cases.
During those days when I was a troublesome pupil, and since that time, I took many case to him, both acute and chronic, and I never took a case to him without receiving help. He was a wonderful prescriber no matter what the case. He was always ready to help, wherever help was needed. Here is another think that my shed some light on the question. Those who have treated their chronic cases as Dr.Kent taught them, have found that their patients have grown less and less susceptible to acute diseases.- F.E.GLADWIN.
What did Kent think of J.H.Allens views, theses and prescribing for the chronic miasms? What was H.C.Allens opinion?.
-Fundamentally they were in unison. J.H.Annen was a master in objective remedy selection. He entered in the subjective phase less than either of the other two. He was a close student of miasmatic interpretation of the skin and I have seen him often give the remedy after a careful examination of the same, remarking that the skin tells the whole story if we understand- J.W.WAFFENSMITH.
Where can one find in the Repertory the following questions, which come up in one of my cases?.
Involuntary urination while vomiting.
Pain in the head alternating with rheumatism of the extremities.
Always feels much better both physically and mentally during menses.
Palpitation on eating. Has to stop eating if palpitations become too strong.
Angina and pain in the throat immediately after the menses.
-Knerr gives involuntary urination with vomiting and diarrhoea, Dig. Knerrs Repertory is a Repertory of the Guiding Symptoms but if you look for this symptom in the Guiding Symptoms under Dig. you will find that it is retention instead of involuntary urination under those circumstances. Our repertory makers dont seem to have found this symptom brought out by the provers but they have found another symptom produced in much the same way. In vomiting the abdominal muscles are suddenly and violently contracted, causing pressure on the bladder-either might cause the involuntary urination. Remedies that produce involuntary urination from coughing or laughing would be quite likely to produce it from vomiting.- F.E.GLADWIN.
-Pain in the head alternating with rheumatism of the extremities: Hempels Repertory of the Symptomen Codex, Allens Symptom Register, and Kents Repertory have each noted alternating symptoms but not one of them have found the above symptom. The nearest symptom to it is “pain in the forehead alternating with gouty pains in the joints Sulph. Kents Repertory, 3rd. edition, pages 155 and 162.- F.E.GLADWIN.
-Always feels much better both physically and mentally during menses, physically and mentally about covers the patient. Look for it under generalities, ameliorated during menses, page 1374, 3rd. edition of Kents Repertory-F.E.GLADWIN.
-Palpitation on eating. Has to stop eating if palpitations become too strong does not appear in the Repertory as it stands, but this is the kind of a symptom that we are permitted to find by combining symptoms. If it were characteristic of a patient that his symptoms were aggravated while eating, then we could expect that his palpitation would also be aggravated by eating, therefore find the remedies that run through palpitation, page 873, and also are found in aggravation while eating on page 1357, Kents Repertory, 3rd. edition.- F.E.GLADWIN.
-Angina and pain in the throat immediately after the menses is found among the remedies that have “pain in throat”, page 458, and also have “aggravation after menses”, page 1374, Kents Repertory, 3rd. edition.- F.E.GLADWIN.
-Knerr Rep. p.598. If not satisfactory Knerr p. 120 is suggestive.
-Kent Rep. p. 1347. If not satisfactory take other modalities of some and use cancelation.- R.E.S.HAYES.
-Bogers Synoptic Key, pp. 13 and 276. Menses ameliorated Kents Repertory, p.1347. After eating, Kents Repertory, p.1357. After menses, Kents Repertory, p. 1347.- J.W.WAFFENSMITH.
Where can one read in all scientific clarity observations on proving? On what are the so-called characteristic symptoms based?.
-Well now ! I wonder just what you mean by “in all scientific clarity observations on provings”. You see the provings were made mostly by the laity and they used simple language in telling the symptoms. To go beyond that would be going into the realm of guess work and that is not permissible. The characteristic symptoms of a remedy are those symptoms that have most frequently been cured by that remedy, usually they also appeared most frequently in the provings.- F.E.GLADWIN.
-Will not the questioner state exactly what is desired, whether directions for procedure, observed phenomena, the material phenomena solely, etc.? and thus safeguard the time for research to answer. If mere literacy clarity will do Hahnemanns Organon and Kents Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy are available at once.- R.E.S.HAYES.
-Allens Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica; Hahnemanns Materia Medica Pura. Characteristic symptoms are based on experience both in proving an in clinical work.- J.W.WAFFENSMITH.
What remedy do you advise; in what dosage and under what conditions to be able to make a proving a ones self to be certain of obtaining a result?.
-Why allopath, dear, if you want to prove to yourself that there is such thing as a proving, take Ip. in allopathic doses. If you really want to find the find symptoms of a remedy take in a high potency, the thing that you are most susceptible to. Every one cant prove every remedy but if you find that you are nauseated whenever the Ailanthus trees are blossoming or that you get a case of poison ivy every time you come near the vine, then you would be most likely sensitive to Ailanthus or Rhus tox., then take a high potency of the one that affects you the most but remember that the high potencies are two-edged swords and must be handled with care.- F.E.GLADWIN.