Many homoeopaths and all the members of the “old school” do not really understand the chronic diseases as described by Samuel Hahnemann. The reason for this is due entirely to the complete lack of training during their medical studies of the true and essential nature of disease. Take any disease which is not caused by one of the known organisms, and examine it under the heading of etiology: the so-called causes are found to the numerous and vastly similar for many varied conditions, and nearly all mention heredity as a factor.
The student meets with this statement so frequently that along with the many other so- called causes he pigeonholes it in his mind for use in answering examination papers, and does not seriously consider heredity as a prime factor, except in a very few diseases such as epilepsy, tuberculosis, syphilis and cancer. Of these, epilepsy is considered to be noninfectious and cancer has never been proven so. In tuberculosis the hereditary factor is supposed to operate by producing a lowered resistance to the tubercle bacillus, while in syphilis the organism itself directly descends from parent to child.
Now it seems that we can all comprehend to a degree the part played by heredity in the above mentioned diseases, but when Hahnemann in his wisdom adds gonorrhoea and psora, our mental processes become dim, confused and unreceptive. The whole is composed of the sum total of its parts-it follows if the whole is diseased, then must the parts be diseased also. Is it right to suppose that the diseased whole can have normal and healthy progeny?.
In epilepsy no organism descends from parent to child, yet epilepsy frequently does. In gonorrhoea no demonstrable organism can be found in the children of infected parents, but according to logic these children cannot be normal. There is a tragic fault in the cells of their bodies which renders them less immune to sepsis, rheumatic infection, streptococci, or which renders them less immune to sepsis, rheumatic infection, streptococci, or which is manifested in a tendency to unequal and irregular cell division and growth, which in turn gives rise to new growths, insanity, haemorrhage; and developmental faults. If the cells are diseased how can they function normally? This then should settle the question as far as sycosis is concerned, and as syphilis is already accepted there remains but one point of argument, the psora of Hahnemann.
No other physician before or since his time has ever been such an acute observer nor earnest student of disease. He studied it in the patient and in its hereditary manifestations, and gave us a true insight into the whole spectacle of syphilis and sycosis (gonorrhoea). There were, however, many other diseases and conditions met with in the course of these observations which were not causally related to the aforementioned two diseases. By careful questioning and the use of his keen powers of deduction and observation he found the disease symptoms to be present in people treated by outward applications for skin eruptions, or by powerful internal medicines for outward disease.
During a course of proper scientific homoeopathic treatment (internal) with minute doses of the similar remedy, these former skin symptoms were found to reappear, but only after the intervening symptoms had vanished in the reverse order in which they had come. Then and only then did the original skin symptoms become curable by the properly selected homoeopathic remedy given in minute doses. This great class of suffering humanity were said by Hahnemann to be suffering from a disease miasm hereditary in nature, which has come down through the ages with and in man and this inborn disease tendency he called psora.
The old school recognizes the fact that in skin disease they are confronted by an internal state which is chronic and which always tends to recur, but they do not act as if this realization were truly so, as they go on and on endlessly using outward applications which but tend to further suppress and lock up the miasm which the vital force is trying to throw off through the skin. Words of wisdom are often cloaked in jest, and the old saying, “Patients suffering from skin diseases never call the doctor at night, never get well and never die,” is the product of ages of experience and is humorous only because of a slight exaggeration of the truth which all “old school” physicians have found to be so by bitter experience.
Psora is a very entity, but yields to good prescribing such as only the followers of Hahnemann can give.
Remember that syphilis and sycosis will work themselves out during the generations if not freshened, but psora is in every one, and is likely to remain as long as outward applications and massive drugging are the order of the day.- K.A.MCL.
a lady was brought to me in my first year of practice suffering from insanity and diabetes mellitus.
History: Sat at the sons bedside for six weeks, where he was placed in a restraining sheet, having gone violently insane, acute. She had not slept in that time, and when she broke down herself, could not sleep; sugar appeared in the urine; one symptoms I have never found was nausea from wearing her false teeth. Cocculus Ind. 30x., one dose. She was completely cured of the insanity and the diabetes.-W.J.GIER, M.D.