EDITORIAL. Homoeopathic philosophy, as expounded by Hahnemann and to which, at least supposedly, homoeopathic physicians are loyal, teaches that it is the patient who is to be treated and not the disease which has overwhelmed him. Case-taking by the homoeopath is an art and differs widely from what is known as case-taking in the orthodox school.


The downfall of homoeopathy was inherent in the time of its birth. Two general conditions of men and society were, and still are, the main causes of the marasmus which has decimated its practitioners and blighted its institutions to such a state of emaciation that millions of people are now unaware that there is such a system of medicine at all.

First, homoeopathy was born into a rapidly growing system of statism and monopoly many years before Political Economy will be generally accepted as a science that should free men of both; that should provide equality of opportunity and establish freedom and independent livelihood on a basis of normal competition; that should promote human progress instead of stultification, slavery and destruction.

To elucidate these facts a bit further, land being the only, but monopolized, source of all produce, the will to attain needs and satisfactions is subject to the terms of the monopoly; land availability comes first. This system has left hordes of the hind-most to struggle even against each other, an unnatural competition, just to survive. Land monopoly and the others which have grown up on it, together with the increasing exactions of top-heavy government, have increased the struggle to such an extent that the conduct of all people has become cramped mentally, morally, and physically by them.

The extent to which land monopoly robs the producers may be illustrated by the situation in Italy. In 1947, one percent of the great landowners appropriated forty-five per cent of the agricultural production as their share of labors production. To a greater or less degree, the same demoralizing conditions persist throughout the world. Even in ancient times, Moses warned that the penalty for land monopoly is slavery. And now we see people becoming slaves by the thousand as they surrender power to government in their blind efforts to escape the effects of private monopoly, to which, by custom, they are also blind. But governments through taxation, tariffs, and controls only relegate their producers to lower and lower depths.

History tells us how Hahnemann was persecuted by the apothecaries; so in our time the drug and chemical trust and its clerks, medical stooges and political or bureaucratic collaborators have with only feeble opposition legislated Homoeopathy almost out of existence. So how could an almost non- commercial system like homoeopathy survive the cooperation between great commercial interest and the bureaucrats who work their end of it?.

Only general understanding of the new science of political economy (it is only a little older than homoeopathy) can solve the problem of free livelihood. But it seems the world must be blasted to putrefaction before the masses of men will think and act independently, instead of being led by political sophists and monte-banks. Either more destruction must come or, miracle of miracles, a great leader must arise to whom the masses will turn to lead them out of our Egyptian politico-economic darkness.

The other main cause of the debacle of homoeopathy was that there have not been enough self-thinking minds and independent wills to fit themselves for the work. Only by the work of a large number of competent homoeopaths could the resistance of empirical medical science be dissolved away. Superficially, popular medical science seems so practical. It keeps its nose to the microscope or immersed in chemicals and advertises blatantly. But it is materialistic, myopic and philosophically lawless. It is stumped, silent and turns aside when confronted with any teleological proposition.

At the present time, it is worse a brake on mental and spiritual growth than ever before. Conversely, homoeopathy is transcendent, not only in its philosophy but in its application. Its best classification is with divination, literature, music, with the understandings that require creative processes of mind, those that require forevision, appreciation of qualities, recognition of causal connections, ability to play with the hidden forces. So this combination of politico-economic duress and inert mass mentality are the two great weights that hold Homoeopathy down. Almost all education tends toward materialistic techniques.

Nevertheless, there have been specks of clearing in the darkened sky. Lately, there have been an increasing number of criticisms of the sclerosing effects of the modern estate. Francis Neilson, probably the keenest living interpreter of public affairs, wrote in the American Journal of Economics for October, 1947, “Our movements suffer therefore, for the want of fearless men in legislatures, in the press, and in the pulpit. (He should have included the schools.) Nowhere is there to be found a voice of sufficient reason and courage to expose the real purpose of these war.

Rabe R F
Dr Rudolph Frederick RABE (1872-1952)
American Homeopathy Doctor.
Rabe graduated from the New York Homeopathic Medical College and trained under Timothy Field Allen and William Tod Helmuth.

Rabe was President of the International Hahnemannian Association, editor in chief of the Homeopathic Recorder, and he wrote Medical Therapeutics for daily reference. Rabe was Dean and Professor of Homeopathic Therapeutics at the New York Homeopathic Medical College.