It has long been my ambition to collect samples of all of the elements which are procurable and to begin systematically to prove them. The elements being available and the provings having been started might encourage the continuation of the provings through the next generation until they are completed.
On general physical examination nothing untoward was seen except the systolic murmur of the heart. The symptoms were not changed except that they seemed too much aggravated. Sac. lac. was given for 3 days, asking her to report when the powders were finished. She came back to say that she had not felt so well for a very long time and Sac. lac. was repeated. She is still taking Sac. lac., reporting improvement all the time.
There are those who, recognizing no limitations, try to bend all facts, even those which are of necessity directly opposite to their desires, to meet those desires. On the other hand there are those who would draw the limits so closely that their work is stultified and obstructed until they are driven to other methods, too often not only bad but even definitely harmful.
The main effort seemed to concentrate on not how accurate, but on how large a Materia medica he could produce, or compile. Perhaps, under existing circumstances, that was the best thing to do as it gave us more proven remedies than we might have had otherwise. But, symptoms were noted, collected, and piled in, irrespective of value or classification, whether primary, secondary, or merely parasitic.
Today an important task of the homoeopathic prescriber is to guard himself against a too active therapy. One is too prone to resort to the simpler method of injecting anti- toxins, or serums, to the alternation or repetition of remedies, and now, thanks to the wonderful improvement in surgical technique, to the surgical operation.