NEWS AND NOTES. We may remind our readers that there are biographies of Dr. Skinner and of Dr. Burnett still in the hands of our publishers. The price of each is 2s. 6d. Each Life is a deeply important chapter in the history of the Homoeopathic Art and in addition to that it is full of practical teaching which should be familiar to all Homoeopaths young, old and students.
A STUDY OF ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA. THIS child was born into the family of Eclectic medicine. We Homoeopathists adopted her after her characteristic habits had been pretty well formed. Not only have we assisted in developing and displaying these characteristics but have also assisted in the formation and practising of new habits.
KEYNOTES AND GRAND CHARACTERISTICS. Lippes Repertory was for many years the best Repertory available. Kents great work has made this obsolete. But Kents work, massive as it is, is only partial. As Gibson Miller wrote to the Editor of this Journal speaking of the Dictionary, “it contains so many more remedies than are found in Kents Repertory”.
HOW THEY KEEP HOMOEOPATHY ALIVE. Very frequently a part of the general chemists shop is reserved to the homoeopathic department. I have looked in at numerous chemists in Germany and found that the assistants had quite a good notion about homoeopathic remedies, a good stock of homoeopathic medicines and a considerable quantity of popular homoeopathic literature, much of which is handed gratuitously to those interested in Homoeopathy, while there are numerous pamphlets which are sold at a normal price.
NEWS AND NOTES. Apparently a child who gains weight normally is unlikely to develop chorea. Thus, by increasing the physical comfort of the child, and by facilitating gain in weight, the drug appears to reduce the incidence of attacks of chorea. The number of rheumatic recurrences in this series was too small, and the time too short, to allow accumulation of evidence in regard to any possible effect in preventing endocarditis as a sequel of chorea or other rheumatic manifestations.
REMEDY SELECTION AS AN ART. No doubt the truth lies somewhere in between; as homoeopathic physicians we are admonished to prescribe for patients and not for diseases and, theoretically at least, we all subscribe to this injunction; indeed, the injunction is a good one and the more we pay heed to it, the greater our success will be.
BUTTERCUPS FOR WARTS. The popular use of buttercups for the cure of warts is interesting and important, as it shows that the instincts of the common people have true vision at their fountain-head, however much they may become perverted, and when a Hahnemann takes them in hand he can guide them into their proper channels.
CLEMATIS ERECTA FLORA. There is a complete return of interest in daily life, and every effort is being made to get well. All sad memories of the past have disappeared. The speech is quite understandable to strangers. There is less spasticity in the leg with more natural and easy movement. The patient has walked five miles without undue fatigue. There has begun a return of power sensation and movement in the right arm and hand.
A STUDY OF ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA. I have never been able t o either abort or lessen the severity of the symptoms of typhoid fever with Ech. I tried it for the group of symptoms given by Thomas but it failed, whereas Baptisia never failed for that syndrome of symptoms. They have been given in the illustrative cases. The tincture and low potencies seem most effective in a great majority of cases. The dose should be frequently repeated.
SOME FUNDAMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS OF DISEASE AND CURE. In this world we are all on the same path, fellow-travellers on the road to perfection. We have ultimately to gain all the knowledge and experience which can be learned on earth: to change completely self into selfless, and to develop all the virtues to the utmost purity.
REMEDY SELECTION AS AN ART. Hence the proper taking of the case is the major part of the art of remedy selection; the case well taken, the recognition of the right remedy is comparatively easy, provided, of course, that we know our materia medica as every homoeopathic physician should know it. To know it means wide reading as well as repeated reading of such works as Farrington, Dunham, Nash, Kent, Clarke, etc.
THINGS THEY ARE DOING BETTER IN FRANCE. Neither Germany, the birth place of Homoeopathy, nor France, the home of its adolescence, can compare in literary wealth with the English-speaking nations. America has produced the works of the two Allens, Constantine Herings Guiding Symptoms, the works of E.M. Hale, Dunham, Farrington, Kent and many others.