Medical practitioners too often overlook and therefore fail to emphasize the importance of the many factors which in their totality make up the patients routine or pattern of living. Unless these are suitably balanced the very best results cannot logically be expected. The value of rest, sleep, exercise and outdoor life may not require particular mention as they have been stressed many times, but drains and depletions are often overlooked.
The practice of medicine calls into action many powers of the mind. A physician must be a trained observer. Nothing of importance in relation to a case should escape his attention. In his student days he was compelled to exercise and develop his powers of concentration or else he would never have graduated.
Latent disease, as we all know, may be extraordinarily quiescent and quite unsuspected. The patient may not be ill, and yet is never well: until, as Hahnemann points out, shock, misery, trauma mental or physical, lowers resistance; when things begin to happen.
From the above, it is clear that dilution and attenuation mean almost the same thing, while dynamization (potentization) s really the term we should use in our homoeopathic nomenclature to express the process by which the latent medicinal properties in crude natural substances are liberated and exposed, aroused and developed, and finally enabled to act in an almost spiritual manner on our life.
Facts like these, while they do not alter the necessity of proof, and while they do not obscure the difference between a simple element like carbon or a binary compound like sodium chloride and the complex organic molecules conceived in our illustrations, must at least prevent dogmatic denial of any well established fact of clinical observation concerning the effect of homoeopathic medication.
The story carries a negative moral. There is force in the moral in direct proportion with the severity of the illness. You cannot start anyone thinking about the principles of medicine after he had become sick. The sicker he is and the more anxious, the less likely that he will do close thinking, exercise discrimination, depart from custom. The time for sound understanding is beforehand.