We have never yet said and we are not in a position to say now just exactly what constitutes that group or what does not until we have made provings on more than one person. You cannot make a proving on any person that will show the action of the drug and give you sufficient indications to say that that drug will always act that way.

We have obtained our experience through years, not in a day, not on a single proving, so that if you will bear in mind that the true primary pathogenetic group is the group that that drug will produce not on you and me and Dr. Grimmer, but on all of us, at all times, every time it is given, and you will cut off, and cut off, and cut off till you get as you do with your Belladonna.

If you have ever seen a poison of Belladonna you will notice the intense heat that burns the fingers and the pupils of the eyes, and the flushed face, the almost maniacal look, and the throbbing thoracic, and you will take those symptoms and carve all the rest out, and every time you will get in your patient, if not an abortion of the trouble, a prompt stoppage; otherwise you wont. If you cut that out, you will get nothing.

We have seen that in selecting a remedy the diagnosis of the disease is of very slight advantage. What has cured one case can never be administered in a subsequent case with any hope of success upon the strength of the former cure alone; every case has its peculiarity, its own individuality, that characterizes and distinguishes it from all others of the same disease; and the remedy, to cure, must be selected to correspond to the individual peculiarities of the disease, in order to impress the vital force so similarly that the reaction of it will extinguish the disease absolutely. Thus the assistance that we can derive from diagnosis can only be meagre or secondary in importance in aiding us to select a remedy. It can at best but help us to know the scope of the disease and to recognize from it the remedies having a similar sphere of action; but aside from that, the knowledge of it to the homoeopath is of doubtful value – A.G. ALLAN, M.D., 1889.

Alfred Pulford
Alfred Pulford, M.D., M.H.S., F.A.C.T.S. 1863-1948 – American Homeopath and author who carried out provings of new remedies. Author of Key to the Homeopathic Materia Medica, Repertoroy of the Symptoms of Rheumatism, Sciatica etc., Homeopathic Materia Medica of Graphic Drug Pictures.