Reprinted from The Homoeopathic World, December 1930.
Impatiens–the enthusiast. This remedy is for acute pain, no matter what the cause. It is the severity of the pain which is its indication. In some cases it has given relief after morphine has failed.
It is also for acute mental suffering, again the intensity being the guide.
It is useful in those people who (no matter their apparent status) are making a great effort to overcome some adverse quality, hence the intensity of the suffering when they fear failure.
In addition the remedy brings peace and a definite mental uplift of which the patients are usually very conscious.–E.BACH.
“IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH”.
On May 17 to 19 of this year, there occurred at Calcutta, India, one of the most important events, homoeopathically speaking, of recent years. Of such import that it behooves every true follower of Hahnemann in our own country to pause and seriously consider the status of homoeopathy throughout the world today.
India is a huge country, as large as all of Europe with the exception of Russia, and with a population of 319 million, three times that of the United States. There are many homoeopaths in this great country, some well trained, many poorly trained, some true followers of Hahnemannian principles, many with no understanding of the meaning of homoeopathy–homoeopaths in name only. There are many homoeopathic medical schools, a few with an exceedingly well manned teaching force, fairly well equipped, teaching pure homoeopathy and the other basic studies necessary to the practice of medicine.
The other schools are poorly equipped and poorly manned, and it is not difficult to understand the type of homoeopathy spread by such institutions. Because of these conditions, and the lack of co-operation between those interested in this great subject, this conference was called by some of the leading Indian homoeopaths. Over 450 delegates attended from all Bengal, and Dr. Sarat Ch. Ghose was elected president. The conference was an enthusiastic gathering, and it voted to make an organized effort to establish better fellowship among all Indian homoeopaths, to put Indian homoeopathy on a higher plane, and to push its claims before the government.
In other words the thinking men back of this movement realize that the individual, no matter how good a physician he may be, alone, can accomplish little, while all the individuals acting in harmonious union become a great power.
A new society was organized, The Indian Institute of Homoeopathy, the objects of which are: “The promotion of the science and art of homoeopathy in India; the union of the homoeopathic profession of Bengal into one compact and harmonious organization; the development and diffusion of homoeopathic therapeutics; the promotion of friendly intercourse, between all homoeopaths; the elevation of the status and standards of homoeopathic medical education in India; the endeavor to have homoeopathy recognized by the government”; the formation of a Central Homoeopathic Medical Board whose responsibility it shall be to improve medical text books and standards of medical institutions, to examine all medical institutions and recognize all institutions coming up to a high standard, to give a final examination to graduates of all medical institutions and register all those who successfully pass such a rigid examination.
A new journal is to be published to cover the activities of this new organization. This will be a welcomed addition to our other homoeopathic journals, especially if many of the now existing Indian journals can combine their efforts. India already has two or three very good homoeopathic journals, and, as has been said above, is large enough in both square mileage and population to admit of this new one.
Our best wishes to the Bengal homoeopaths, in their great endeavor.—E. B. L.