Such an idea should never, for a minute, be considered. Key-note prescribing is bad enough; but pathological, never. Simon-pure Homoeopaths should read no further. Yet this writer pleads guilty to considerable of both these prescribed abuses. Not that he has been shy on burning the midnight electricity in the regular search for the remedy, working on the available totality of each symptom and especially those striking, uncommon and peculiar, giving attention to location, sensation, concomitants and modality.
How often is there, in our literature, statements from our best prescribers that “the seemingly indicated remedy failed to act.” Often this has been our personal experience. In science should not the indicated remedy register 100 percent? We feel it does just that. Only our mental limitations do not always lead us to that often elusive goal. We seem to arrive there by various routes. The electronic one for instance. When we unearth the fact that our patient, now adult, had in childhood experienced malaria plus quinine, No Matter What The Symptoms at present, a dose of Nat.mur. has brought, and will so often bring, health to the sufferer and confidence to the prescriber.
Take a dozen cases of quinsy. All seem to have much the same symptoms locally, extreme pain on swallowing, one-sided swelling and inflammation about the tonsil, pain often extending to the ear. Mentals here may differ, but without further analysis the great majority of them will recover promptly following a dose of Hepar. sul.2c in water, three doses at two hour intervals. Bar.c. or some other remedy may occasionally be needed.
Lately a lad of eleven failed to respond favorably to well indicated remedies. His disfiguring eczema had started soon after his arrival on this planter. Many forms of treatment had been tried. In all such early manifestations of disease it is our habit to get parental history. His mother had been seriously ill with “flu,” a year and a half before his birth. He got Influenzin 10M, u.d., and made a prompt recovery. As has been previously brought to your attention, Guy Beckley Stearns emanometry brought him the information that Influenzin was out in front, more often indicated than any other remedy.
We folks have in our systems the toxin of this ubiquitous malady as had the people of Hahnemanns time the itch poison, when that was so prevalent. So if we can learn of a serious ailments, suffered long ago by a patient, it saves much time and labor to try out the corresponding nosode and it seems of little importance just what symptoms he is experiencing at this hour.
Margaret Tyler often prescribed Morbillinum for those who had suffered from severe or tardily-recovered-from measles, and had the surprise of her life at so frequent recoveries from whatever.
Then history of severe reaction, long ago, from vaccination. I seem to hear you all saying in unison “Thuja!” With our so well advertised suppressants for B.O., if your patient has a while before, cured his smelly, sweaty feet, Sil. will serve you well. How often has serious malady followed cessation of foul foot sweat, without knowing why the foot sweat stopped. Again Sil.
This finely ground, white pebble quite regularly clears a slow abscess with not enough life to break through skin or mucous membrane. But in pus formation active, forceful and very sensitive, Hepar.
In families exposed to and fearing polio, or where symptoms in a child point to it, Lathyrus sativus, useful for many years. The 30th is okay.
If diptheria be in the neighborhood, as a prophylactic give Lac.c.900c., one dose three nights in succession. This one is from B.Fincke, one of the better minds in homoeopathy of long ago. Diptherinum also is effective used in the same manner.
Where a patient has had the so-frequently prescribed Barbiturates and contracted the habit, we have it from one of us who is in position to see many of these sad cases, “Carbo.veg. is almost a sure antidote”.
Since Sulfa high antidotes its poison in one subject to overdosing and severely injured thereby, cannot Penicillin do the same for those suffering from its ill-effects?.
Natrum sul. may be given routinely in asthma. It will not always work. If the young patient be a cry-baby and likes the cool outdoors and is thirstless, Pulsatilla 2c will bring order and save the family no end of disturbance and doctor bills.
So we put our neck out, recommending the many short cuts, to save your energy for the case where most careful work and patience is necessary, allowing the patient to talk himself out, giving details of illness and then picking out the relevant symptoms and analyzing each one for Location, Sensation, Concomitants and Modalities. We suggest the CAUSE be added to these.