Doubtless it is a sign of incompetent prescribing, but from time to time it has seemed profitable to search for yet more variations of the plus method, and one such has proved to be of undoubted value when ones range of potencies of a well indicated remedy is limited.
Homoeopathy prescribes for people and not for ailments as such. Homoeopathy prescriptions, to be successful, must suit the individual characteristics of the patient; therefore, the location of the chief ailment and the symptoms connected with it become of secondary importance to general conditions.
Suppose we have selected our remedy, that it has been administered in a seemingly suitable potency, and we have recorded definite results from it. After a time the condition returns in part. What shall be our next step? Here too we must consider the sound basis for procedure along the lines laid down by the master-thinkers and early homoeopathic scientists.
Unfortunately, my case records are not now available so that I cannot say what remedies were given, but in the course of two or three years constitutional treatment the leukoplakia disappeared, to be replaced temporarily by a form of dyspepsia which in turn yielded to the attack of the indicated remedy.
Calendula in aqueous solution was used in every case as a mouth wash and not a single case ever came back with any sloughing or infection. The healing of the wounds was faster than one would ordinarily expect to see, even in people of better circumstances. Many of these people were under-fed, under-clothed, under-housed and more or less vicious in mind and body.
Homoeopathy as practised by the best prescribers employs the single remedy in the single dose and usually in the centesimal scale of potency range. This combination is unique. The majority of physicians who represent themselves as homoeopathists would scarcely qualify on all three counts and yet the most consistently brilliant results are achieved by those who prescribe in this way.
Everyone who has built up a repertory has rightly insisted that only confirmed symptoms be included. The Therapeutic Pocket Book is the finest example of this. Boenninghausen was uncannily accurate in his estimations. If we are to fit together the jigsaw puzzle of our patients symptoms, the parts must fit accurately.