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Index to Volume XXXIII

Antityphoid Inoculation, 2. Anshutz, Edward Pollock, Obituary

(Bradford), 49. Antityphoid Inoculation and Its

After Effects (Hawkes), 53. Aconite, 193.

Baryta Muriaticum in the Respira- tory Sphere (Wilde), 68. Book Reviews: New, Old and For- gotten Remedies (Anshutz), 29. The Call of the Sword (Clarke),

30. Impotence and Sterility (Lyd- ston), 30.

Cuprum Metallicum and Causticum in Chorea (Bracken), 28.

Clinical Cases (Wright), 64.

Calendula (Lilienthal), 117.

Case Taking for Students (Stearns), 118.

Cuprum Arsenicum : The Effects on the Excretion of Water by the Kidneys (Sappington, Wurtz), 256.

China Officinalis (Macfarlan), 263.

Cause of Cancer, Tuberculosis and Arteriosclerosis (Curtis), 321.

College Problem Again (Close), 337-

Consulting Physician and the Phy- sician With Whom He Con- sults (Jones), 367.

Cuprum Arsenicum (Vandenburg), 372.

Canned Air vs. Fresh Air, 447.

Clinical Cases (Lutze), 449.

Council of National Defense Med- ical Section, 456.

Clinical Cases (S. W. Lehman), . 538.

Clinical Cases (J. N. Sarker), 546.

Case, E. E., Dr. Obituary, 572.

Doctrine of Signatures in Medical Lore, The (Ramseyer), 16.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Value of Symptoms (Wood), 385.

Drury, Alfred, Dr., Obituary. 575.

Education, 97.

Echinacea, a Neglected Remedy < An lion), 115.

Faulty Metabolism of Food

ments Due to Deficient Vita- mine (Fischer), 161.

Homoeopathy, Scientific, in Relation to Matter and Sp.rit (Brouse), 5.

Homoeopathic Pharmacen I

Signs (Boericke), 26.

Healing the Sick (Jones), 266.

Homoeopathy, The Only Sc\

and Actually Curative Sys- tem of Medicine (Lutze), 289.

Homoeopathic Principle: Its Uni- versal Application (Ward). 299.

Hepar Sulphur Case, A (Gh


Homoeopathy (Lutze), 454.

Etems of Interest (Jones), 74.

In the Trenches (Jones), 220.

If Not Homoeo— Why Not? (Bald- win), 248.

International nahnemannian Asso- ciation, 335.

Laboratory Science vs. Clinical Ex- perience, 1. Lactuca Virosa (Ramseyer), 279. Life Force (Winans), 402.

Mangifera Indica (Haines), 116. Medicago Sativa (Blackwood), 352. Meningitis in Children (Plummer), 361.

Nash, Dr. E. B.. Obituary (E. P.

A.), 67. Nature of Disease (Close). 123. Natrum Muriaticum (Weir), 202. Notes From Parkinson*s Rare Old

Herbal, 364.



Nature and Diagnosis of Chronic Heart Failure (Wells), 433.

Over the Top (Jones), 31. Open Letter to the Medical Pro- fession (Jones), 494.

President's Address (Dienst), 9.

Plumbum: Proved Action (Bar- ber), 65.

Phosphorus (Hudson), 101.

Prescription Aids From Boenning- hausen (Turner), 167.

Physiology and Drink Problem, 217.

Personal Letter, Jos. E. Wright, 429.

Personal Ye Town Gossip, 479.

Proving of Thyroid Gland (Gilling- ham), 481.

Personal Letters : Council of Na- tional Defense, 526. W. A. Dewey, 527. J. E. Briggs, 528. Stuart Close, 576.

Present Status of Homoeopathy (Raisbeck), 529.

Quinine Idiosyncrasy in Five Cases, 225.

Recent Venereal Disease Legisla- tion, 73.

Reading the Facr to Find the Indi- cated Remedy (Jones), 317.

Ratanhia, 114.

Specialists' Department (Mitchell), 37, 79, 133, 182, 228, 272, 326, 374, 414, 463, 512, 557. _

Sole Remedies for (Dienst), 69.


Sulphur (Ross). 98.

Some Keynote Indications (Ross), 118.

Something of Interest (Jones), 178.

Suppression of Disease (Farring- ton), 241.

Stramonium, Datura (Yost), 322.

Shredded Nerves and Some Causes (Bowers), 398.

Some Things We May Have Over- looked (Jones), 442.

Second Prescription, The, 489.

Spartein Sulphate : A Proving (Hinsdale), 506.

Too Much Prescription Camouflage

(Walton), 27. Therapeutics of Constipation

(Lutze), 106. Treatment of Gonorrhoea (Wie-

land), 113. Thyroid Gland, A Proving of (Gil-

lingham), 481. Truth Is Mighty and Shall Prevail

(Curtis), 504. Treatment of Influenza (Jones), 553.

Unburied Dead, The (Stearns), 548.

Venereal Disease Problem in the Navy (Hitchcock), 355.

Value of Subpective Symptoms in Cardiac Conditions (Cole- man), 391.

Venereal Disease Legislation, Re- cent, 73.

War Nephritis (Lundell, Nanki-

well), 146. What Do You Really Know?

(Jones), 407. Waters, Dr., Notice of Death, 431.


Homoeopathic Recorder

Vol. XXXIII Lancaster, Pa., January 15, 1918. No. 1


About forty years ago a doctor, J. W. Davis, wrote to Scud- der's Eclectic Medical Journal concerning Oxydendron arbor eum, which grows in sandy soil in Kentucky and Tennessee, soil too poor for cultivation. The story told by Davis, in brief, was as follows : Fifty years before a man of 23 was ill with dropsy, and for a long time under treatment of one of the foremost physi- cians who finally gave up the case as hopeless. Then an old woman told the patient she could cure him, and she did, with material doses of the Oxydendron arbor eum. The man told Davis he had never been seriously ill since. Another, a Doctor Waltman, wrote a letter to the Journal relating several similar cases he had cured with the same agent.

About ten years ago a homoeopathic doctor, one who had also taken the Johns Hopkins course, in a reminiscent mood told us of a man who came to him for treatment, one who was "dropsi- cal"— no details being given. Our friend finally told the man that he was unable to do anything to help him, so the patient went successively to two big and famous hospitals with the same result. In the last one the sick man said, "I wish I had old

Doc. , he cured me once of this trouble." Evidently the

men of the hospital were a very decent lot, for they sent for the "old doc" who lived in the country not a hundred miles distant. He came and in a week's time the man left the hospital in ap- parently good condition. Asked what medicine he gave the "old doc" said it was so and so, a fanciful name, but essentially nothing but Oxydendron arboreum, i. e., "sourweed."

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All of this, some of which may have been mentioned in an old number of the Recorder, is brought up because of a two-page paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in which it is said that the Oxydendron arboreum has no therapeutic value whatever. Sometimes it seems to us that "The Council" could save itself much trouble by taking a wet sponge and wiping off every plant tincture on the pharmaceutical slate. Hundreds of physicians report fine clinical results from various tinctures, and "the Council,'' in turn, always gravely reports that it can find "no therapeutic value" in any of them. Why not? Probably it mistakes the laboratory for the suffering human in the sick room. Like Wadsworth's Peter Bell:

"A primrose by a river's brim A yellow primrose was to him And it was nothing more."


The New England Medical Gazette for Dec. reproaches the Recorder for its disbelief in the value of the protective inocula- tion against typhoid fever. As this journal seeks to be fair to all men and on all subjects, we hereby quote the Gazette's editorial in full, as it is possibly as good a presentation of the affirmative as could be made. Here it is :

It would seem that at this late date the value of protective in- oculation against typhoid fever should be well established in the mind of every rational physician. Yet our contemporary, The Homoeopathic Recorder, in an editorial in the September issue, takes occasion to cast several slurs upon this valuable contribu- tion to preventive medicine. It is easy, of course, to under- stand that the same idea of a subject is not held by everyone, but we must protest when facts are distorted and misrepresented.

The Recorder tells us that "the inoculations are really a severe handicap on the good work of sanitation and hygiene. In the Boer War the men had plenty of typhoid inoculation and 'died like flies.' ' What are the facts ? There are official records of the inoculation of 14,626 men out of a total strength of 328,-

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244 men who served during the three years of the Boer War (inoculation was voluntary). In other words, only about 4 per cent, of the soldiers were protected a rather small proportion on which to base The Recorder's sweeping generalizations ! Again, the cultures used were heated to 6o° C. to destroy their vitality a temperature which, as has since been shown, seriously diminishes the vaccin's ability to evoke the production of anti- bodies. Sir Almroth Wright, who supervised the inoculations, believed that the extent of the disease was decreased about one- half and the mortality even more favorably influenced. In view of the relatively small number protected, we may not be astonished to know that 57,684 cases of typhoid fever were reported, with over 8,000 deaths.

Contrast this with the condition in the English Army in the present war. Ninety-eight per cent, of the English soldiers have voluntarily been inoculated; as a result, only 6,022 cases of typhoid, with but 292 deaths, have occurred. How many of these cases are found in the uninoculated 2 per cent, we are not told, but may, perhaps, safely guess.

The main thesis of The Recorder's remarks is that the de- crease in the rate of incidence of typhoid fever is due, not to the vaccine, but to improved hygiene. It is true, of course, that the science of sanitation has made great strides in the present cen- tury, yet figures tend to show that other influences than those of sanitation are at work as regards typhoid. The three most common intensified diseases, all of which, are transmitted by similar agencies, are diarrhoea, dysentery and typhoid. If more hygienic surroundings were the only factor we should expect to find a corresponding decrease in the morbidity rates for each of these conditions. For this reason, the following comparisons are of interest:



Diarrhoea 303.76

Dysentery 28.09

Typhoid 192.65

Per cent, of


1898 rate







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Such a disproportionate fall in the rate for typhoid fever is more than significant; it is well-nigh conclusive as showing the value of antityphoid vaccination; for, be it remembered, there has been in our army no vaccination against dysentery.

The brilliant record of our troops during the mobilization on the Mexican border in the summer of 191 6 should be remem- bered. In spite of the fact that typhoid fever was decidedly prev- alent in the cities near the camps, notably San Antonio, but one or two cases of this disease among the soldiers were reported. Yet it was inevitable that many of these men, eating more or less promiscuously in the cafes and hotels, should be exposed. Numerous similar instances might be adduced, but such will readily occur to our readers.

That laboratory evidence of the presence of immune bodies in the blood of an inoculated person is at hand is, of course, an- other strong argument in favor of the value of the procedure under discussion.

To sum up in antityphoid inoculation we have a method of protection against a serious disease which has the support both of the laboratory and of huge numbers of clinical cases. The only disadvantage which can be urged is the possibility of three or four days' malaise, usually not severe enough to cause in- ability to perform one's daily tasks. Oppose to this the pos- sibility of a serious, possibly fatal, and certainly protracted and exhausting illness, and there should be no doubt as to which way the balance will swing.

W. O.

There you have it in full between the asterisks. Perhaps The Recorder isn't rational, in the laboratory sense, but is there not a higher rationality? Humanity instinctively shrinks from all forms of inoculation, and instinct is not to be lightly brushed aside. Also, philosophically, there is no action without reaction. What is the reaction, the secondary and lasting one, of this in- oculation? Quite recently it was reported that there were 700,- 000 cases of tuberculosis on the western battle front. Think it over, brother Gazette.

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By Dr. H. K. Brouse, 457 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, La.

President of " The Texas Homoeopathic Medical


(Read at Waco, Texas, November 10, 1916, and at Dallas, Texas, October 25, 1917. Published by request.)

I have chosen this subject for the purpose of offering a few suggestions that, I trust, may help us in our further researches in the principles and philosophy of Homoeopathy, and that may, perhaps, aid us in our work as homoeopathic physicians. It is our province to continue these researches if we wish to keep pace with the advances of science, and to have our school of medicine represented as truly scientific ; and it is incumbent on us to do this, if we are to be successful in combatting the tendency of the dominant school of medicine in their claims to discoveries, so- called, of truths and principles enunciated by Hahnemann, and practiced by his followers ever since his day.

At the outset we must bear in mind that there are limitations to human power, to human knowledge, and to human thought Illustrations under each of these might readily be given. We must also bear in mind that these limitations are not what they were fifty or even a much less number of years ago. Science has made rapid advances since then. What were then regarded as unsolvable mysteries or fanciful theories are to-day accepted scientific facts that form the basis of working principles in every department of life. Xor are these present limitations such as they will be in, comparatively, a few years from now. Through scientific studies, experiments, discoveries, and inventions, the circle of limitations is ever widening, so that through what to- day may seem an impenetrable wall there will be, doubtless, aven- ues into a wider and clearer domain of knowledge and truth. And this will go on until man will have to heed the injunction. "Thus far shalt thou go and no further" for the finite can never attain to the infinite, either in power, or knowledge, or thought.

Xow let us consider our subject in relation to its bearing upon

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our potentized remedies. Most if not all of our school believe that in some cases, and particularly with some remedies, the lower potencies are the best, and that in other, especially chronic cases, and particularly with some remedies, the higher potencies are more efficacious, if not absolutely necessary. But there is no settled agreement as to what potency is the best, and if any such agreement is ever arrived at it will be only after the most ex- haustive study and extensive experience, and it is not likely that any such conclusion can soon if ever be reached.

Again, others claim that beyond a certain potency, differing perhaps in different remedies, there is no longer a material sub- stance, and the gross materialist will tell us that, consequently, it is no longer of efficacy as a remedy. Here, again, there is no agreement as to the point where the material substance has sup- posedly ceased to exist, nor are we told what has become of it, nor where nor how it has been lost on the -way. Now science teaches that in the economy of Nature nothing is lost, that a substance may be changed from its original or usual form into other forms and with other properties, that somewhere in the universe it still exists in some form and as an entity, although at least in some cases it may be beyond our knowledge as to its whereabouts, or what its form, properties, and uses.

Others, who have faith in the higher potencies, believe that the limitation of power to cure of a potentized remedy has not yet been reached ; that the highest potency ever made and used has been of efficacy in the cure of disease. We are well aware of the common objection, made by those who have no faith in the higher potencies, nor in anything they cannot see or under- stand— that such apparent cures are but the work of the imagina- tion— strangely forgetting, as they do, that they are not con- versant with all the so-called laws and powers of Nature, and that in the treatment of infants, of unconscious adults, and of the lower animals, as wonderful cures have been made as in the case of the conscious adult, who knows what he is taking and for what purpose. We cannot, in justice and fairness, doubt the evidence of men of intelligence, learning, experience, and honesty in this matter. But here some will say, supposing, for the sake of argument, that such cures may have been effected, how do

Homoeopathy, Scientific In Relation to Matter and Spirit, y you account for it ? How explain the force or power that is said to effect such results? We reply, we do not attempt to account for it, nor to give a full explanation, though we may rightfully entertain theories about it, hoping to some day come into a fuller knowledge respecting it. There are an untold number of mysteries where we accept the facts connected with them with- out attempting to explain the mysteries themselves. We do not know how in the Laboratory of Nature a substance of the Min- eral Kingdom passes into and becomes a part of the Vegetable Kingdom, and this again into and a part of the Animal King- dom ; but we know that it is so.

Science teaches that every part of the universe is related to, connected, more or less directly, with, and works with every other part, thus forming the marvelous unity of Nature. And it is an accepted truth of science to-day that there is an unseen universe permeating and controlling the visible material universe. Referring to the statement in the Epistle to the Hebrews : "That the things which are seen were not made of the things which do appear" for centuries accepted only as a matter of faith, the Duke of Argyl, in "The Reign of Law," says, "Yet this is now one of the most assured doctrines of science that invisible forces are behind and above all visible phenomena, moulding them in forms of infinite variety, all of which forms the only real knowl- edge we possess lies in the perception of the ideas they express,"

In 1845, tne famous Dr. Thomas Young, in his "Lectures on Natural Philosophy," says: "There is still room for the sup- position that even the ultimate particles of matter may be perme- able to the causes of attractions of various kinds, especially if these causes are immaterial. * * * We see forms of matter, differing in subtility and mobility, under the names of solids, liquids, and gases ; above these are the semi-material existences. * * * And of these different orders of being, the more re- fined and immaterial appear to permeate freely the grosser. It seems, therefore, natural to believe that the analogy may be continued still further, until it rises into existences absolutely im- material and spiritual." It is not, therefore, unreasonable to con- jecture that, as there is a transition from one to another in the kingdoms of this material universe, there may be a passing from

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the highest of which we are cognizant into a still higher, the Region of Spirit, or whatever it may be. And there seems rea- sonable ground for the conjecture of some, that the higher potencies develop an immaterial, or a spirit-like force, and thus become more powerful and efficacious.

We all admit that above and back of all visible phenomena there is a something, a force, a power, call it vital force, life power, or what we will, and that it must be taken into account.

Hahnemann says : "During the healthly condition of man this spirit-like force (autocracy) animating the material body (or- ganism) rules supreme as dynamis." "Diseases are only dynamic disturbances of the vital force."

Now let us suppose that the vital force is, to a degree, de- flected from, and, in a measure, lessened in its power, in relation to a part of the body we term diseased ; what is to hinder from further supposing that the potentized similar remedy has an affinity for and works with the vital force, and thus assists nature in effecting a cure? Whether these suppositions are correct or whether, if correct, they can ever be proven to be so must be left to the future to determine. But as Robert Chambers, in his "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation," says : "It is necessary at certain times to make advances into the field of speculation, in order that a direction may be given for the ac- quisition of new facts."

In conclusion : All science rests upon, indeed demands, and also leads to facts ; and a theory or hypothesis that does not lead to facts is worth nothing more than as a working formula.

Basing our faith on the great fact, as a law of nature "Similia Similibus Curantur" we claim that in the preparation and administration of its remedies Homceopathy, in relation to matter and spirit, is not only scientific, but that it is more truly scientific than any other system of medicine ever discovered or devised.

Resting upon and growing out of this basic fact "Similia" are facts that give clear and strong support to our claim, and of these we mention the following:

In all curable diseases, Homoeopathy will cure where all other systems often fail.

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It will cure in less time and without leaving- behind any drug effects which often are -: >rse than the original disease than any other system.

In numerous experiments, in the same diseases, and under like conditions, in the largest hospitals in this country and in Europe, under homoeopathic treatment the percentage >f cures has been higher and consequently the percentage >f mortality lower than under other systems. In many cases cures are effecte 1 under Homoeopathy, where, under the opposite school, resort would be to the harsher and more dangerous treatment by the sur- geon's knife.

In cases where a diagnosis is at first difficult or even im- possible. Homoeopathy, by administering according to the to- tality- of the symptoms, s^ves time, and thus often saves life where even a brief delay would prove fatal.

And when human skill is no longer of avail. Homoeopathy can. and without doping into insensibility, give relief to the body and comfort to the mind, until the time comes when the dust shall return to the earth as it was. and the spirit shah return unto Gog who rave it.

PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS.* By G. E. Dienst. M. D.. Aurora. 111.

the Members of the Society :f Hom.ro?a:k:cijns. Greetings :

With a keen sense of joy and of sorrow I present to von. to- day, my second annual message. ;oy. because so many :■: you are 'yG. true, and faithful in the great work to which an 1 m tent Ruler has call s rr -cause he. in wh -

mis Society wa need, is not with us in tevt. though dwell-

ing among us in spirit. If there he any virtue in hard work, it must certainly be said oi Dr. Kent, as oi the faithful servant: "Well done."

Kis work was that of a master: symmetrical in outline ful in appearance, and eter structure.

keep this structure from blemishes and decay? Ma-.



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tions at this present and at all future times be such as will add to the beauty and permanency of this work our Master has done. _ May they be such as will perpetuate the laws of healing he so clearly taught while a sojourner with us.


Many organizations, colleges, hospitals and journals, to-day perpetuate the name of the immortal Founder of Homoeopathy, but the name of a single disciple none except the Society of Ho- mceopathicians, which offers, for its existence in the world to- day, its purpose to perpetuate the name and the teachings of one of Hahnemann's greatest and most learned disciples.

Until Dr. Kent delivered his lectures on The Organon and on the Materia Medica no one had succeeded in interpreting the teaching of Hahnemann so clearly, so forcefully and so intelli- gently. '

We who "sat at his feet," in days that are gone, justly per- petuate his memory by perpetuating this society, either as a distinct organization, or as an integral part of some other true Hahnemannian Society.


Assuming that all homoeopathic physicians understand their particular vocation, we must take exceptions to some of the attempts to define this term: "homoeopathic physician" and, espe- cially, must we protest the one in common use as being entirely too apologetic. A true and intelligent homoeopathic physician does not add to a questionable array of therapeutic measures a use of homoeopathic materia medica, but rather discards from his therapeutic armamentarium questionable and ephemeral meas- uses, and holds, and uses intelligently the true and the tried ma- teria medica.

Therefore, we would more rationally say :

A homoeopathic physician is one who with knowledge of

The structure of the human body,

The normal function of its organs and tissues,

The mutual relation of the mental and the physical.

The causes and courses of diseases ,

Treats individually, each sick person,

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With remedies found in the materia medica, According to the Law of Cure as taught in the Organon. This may appear rather redundant, but it covers the essen- tials of a physician's qualifications.

But why speak of the subject? Because we are homoeopathic physicians. We possess a science, we practice an art unknown in its essence to all except those having knowledge of the laws. We are assailed from within, and from without the profession. Men, otherwise noble members of this profession, would deprive us of our inalienable rights, guaranteed to us by the Constitution of the United States and supposedly by the federal laws. This is not because we offend the public, the civic agents on constitu- tional laws, the social commonwealth, the religious community nor the personal well-being of any citizen, but because,

By the practice of the Law of Similia, we show a far superior therapeutic record than any other school of Medicine known.

We exhibit a much larger percentage of favorable results by this gentle, safe and permanent method at infinitely lower cost in pain, in suffering and in money than any practice known.

We are supported by a truth which has withstood the fires of persecution, of opposition, of criticism and of most scrutinizing testing without the slightest diminution in its matter or its essence. Indeed, the value of the Law has been appreciably strengthened by the fiery trials of the past, so that to-day the learned in the profession and among the laity are ardently asking for more light on Homoeopathy.

These are sufficient reasons for keeping this thought con- stantly before us, and it behooves us to "make good." We have heard that remedies administered according to the Law of Sim- ilia will abort :

"Typhoid fever in ten days, Remittent fever in two or three days, Pneumonia in its primary stage, Scarlet fever in two days, Whooping cough in ten days." Can we prove it ? The question is really ambiguous, for we con- fidently have done all these things, times without number. You have seen typhoid, the first stages of which were sufii-

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ciently grave to lead to a very unfavorable prognosis, and yet, under your guidance and the indicated remedy, the second stage was aborted, and your patient, who should be revelling in the classical delirium, tympanites, threatening ulceration of the in- testines, and approaching a classical dissolution of body and soul, is really convalescing.

You have been called to the bedside of the father whose voca- tion exposes him to the most violent inclemencies of the weather, and found him with every symptom of pneumonia, and yet, in spite of the fearful threatenings, you saw the temperature recede rapidly, the bounding pulse cease its turbulency, the mental anxiety give way to tranquility, the labored respirations grow calm and natural, and the man who should have had a classical attack of pneumonia rapidly recovering. These things you have done, there is no mistake in the ideal presented. You have not only prevented much suffering, much anxiety and fear in the family, but you have prevented a considerable loss of time and of money two large assets of a poor man.


Much is being said and written, at this time, about the neces- sity of affiliating local, state, and national societies. The needs for such affiliation are beyond question. Something more than affiliation, however, is needed. The more we consider the matter, the more we are disposed to favor organic union of all homoeo- pathic societies. Strength is in union ; weakness and discord in division.

On this question there should be no dissenting voice. Opinions may differ, but opinions are not always reliable however clearly they may be expressed. In organic union we need something more for a foundation than an opinion. We need a concrete prin- ciple. Whatever differences may arise on non-essentials unity on essentials is imperative. The great essential in organic union of all homoeopathic institutions, societies and organizations is :

To make the Organon of the Art of Healing a necessary part of every college curriculum

Every student, before graduation, should be required to have not less than one year of two recitations each week, under skill- ful tutelage, in this study.

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It should be given a prominent place in every scientific pro- gram in local, state and national organizations.

Briefly, it must be made the central theme of our teachings and our deliberations. Thus we shall form an organic union to which no true physician can offer a reasonable objection.

The Organon has stood the test of time. It has proven itself, in most part, absolutely reliable. Nothing has safely supplanted it. Those who have studied it and practiced its teachings have been among the most celebrated prescribers in the world, and a true benediction to suffering humanity. No reason exists for not accepting it ; there is every reason why it should be accepted.

The Society of Homceopathicians is ready, at any time, to aid in such an organic union; it can not, however, in justice to its teachings and to its practice, accept anything less.


Suppose one among us has discovered a new drug. How may he learn its therapeutic value with any degree of accuracy? A learned writer says of such proceedings :

"He (the physician) does not yet know its nature, its potency, its physiological action, nor its therapeutic value. He does not so much as suspect, for an instant, that it also has a positive and definite psychological potency. This is because he knows nothing, as yet, of the psychology of medicine. The problem which con- fronts him is this : How shall he proceed to test this new drug in such manner that when he is through he may be able to say, in good faith, to other members of his profession, and to the world, that he has made a "scientific demonstration," and thus has brought the subject matter clearly within the scope of his abso- lute personal knowledge ? Suppose he should follow the method, so often and so cruelly practiced, of trying it on some innocent and helpless dog. By doing this, and then watching the ob- jective symptoms through a study of the dog's actions, he might, in time, and by oft repeated experiments arrive at a general con- clusion, which, from the standpoint of legitimate science, would be deemed a reasonably good guess. But the dog cannot tell its own story, nor can it convey a definite and adequate under- standing and appreciation of its own experiences. These consti- tute the very essence of the "demonstration," from the viewpoint

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of exact science. Therefore, he dare not accept this experiment as sufficient, because it clearly fails to bring the results within the exacting limitations of "scientific demonstration." The drug may not, after all, act upon a human being in all respects pre- cisely as it seems to act upon the dog.

He must measure its actions in terms of human experience. He does so, and to the best of his ability notes the objective mani- festations as before. In addition to these, however, he questions his patients with all his intelligence and skill, to learn from them whatsoever he may concerning their internal feelings and ex- periences. From these he obtains some added information. He now assumes that he is in a position to draw a more legitimate conclusion and formulate a somewhat more logical and lively guess than before. Yet he is not absolutely certain of his ground, be- cause outward symptoms are not always reliable indices to in- ternal conditions, and "speech is but broken light upon the depths of the unbroken" experiences of the soul ; and because up to this point of experimentation all the information he has obtained is of a purely secondary nature. He does not yet know by a definite personal experience the exact or "scientific" action of his new drug. How shall he finally round this difficult but indispensable point? How shall he proceed to reduce his experiment to the required basis of absolute personal knowledge? There is just one way, and only one, he must administer the drug to himself ; he must make the final experiment upon himself. He must study the results upon and within his own organism. He must analyze the exact impression it produces upon his own consciousness. Finally, hemust co-ordinate all these into a "definite personal ex- perience." Then, and then only, is he in a position to say to the world that he knows. Then, and then only, is he of right entitled to say to his professional brothers that he has, in truth, reduced the problem to the basis of "exact science" and made a "scientific demonstration."

These are the words of a layman, yet how closely they resemble the exact work of the great master of drug-provings. We de- plore the folly of demonstrating on a dumb brute to learn the therapeutic value of a drug for human illness.

There can be no proving which does not affect the consciousness

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of man. To pretend to prove the symptomatology and the pathology morbid physiology of a drug to be used on human beings by first administering it to a dog, to a cow or to a horse is grossly unscientific.


We have in our possession a priceless gem. It is one not only of glittering radiance, but one tried in severest fires, from the flames of which it has come untarnished. Xot since the first days of man has a law of cure been known among men which has en- dured the test, and stood the trials without blemish, as has the Law of Similia. It has proved its unquestionable value in acute and in chronic diseases, in endemics and in epidemics, in benign and in malignant conditions. Its immutability is evidenced by demonstration that remedies used one hundred years ago with signal efficacy are equally potent in similar conditions to-day. For prophylaxis it is equal -towamv 'method of application, and far above the average. From the infant to the centenarian its virtues have never failed': \et, with all this, "the half has never been

toid." : . ■* " ''"{-,:

With the "broad and deeo foundations which the masters have constructed, with what they have taught; and performed, are we using similar intelligence and energy in erecting a superstructure to endure for all time? Every member of this society should be a master-artisan in erecting upon those foundations a super- structure whose towers reach unto the heavens, and whose borders extend from pole to pole, and from the rising to the setting of the sun. Will we do it?

There can be, in life, no vocation of greater inspiration than that of doing good to others. Xo vocation nor profession offers greater possibilities for doing true work of goodness than that of knowing and practicing Homoeopathy. No organization exists. to-day, where Homoeopathy is taught and practiced in greater purity, or with better results, than in the Society of Homceo- pathicians. Therefore, I would urge every member of this So- ciety to exercise each faculty of the soul wisely in maintaining and promoting the great laws of healing for which this Society stands.

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By A. Adolph Ramseycr.

(Concluded from last month.)


According to the old herbalists the ovate leaves of the balm, Melissa officinalis, plainly indicated its cordial virtues. Writes Culpeper. "The Arabian physicians have extolled the virtues thereof to the skies, although the Greeks thought it not worth mentioning. Seraphio saith, it causeth the mind and heart to be- come merry, and reviveth the heart faintings and swoonings, and driveth away all troublesome cares and thoughts out of the mind, arising from melancholy, which Avicen also confirmeth."

Porta praises .the 4HQccrdium as a remedy for the heart, which seems confirmed by the symptomatology of thii remedy as given by Hahnemann: "Uneasiness in- the chest, apparently about the heart, especially in the afternoon, i( Stitches .about .the heart. Stitches in the heart, .shoLt, one,?, .succeeding each other two by two," which as Chapiel remarks, indicates a manifest action upon the heart.

Another remedy, motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca, similar to melissa, belongs to the same class, the members of which all possess "eximias dotes ad cor/' exceptional endowments or qualities for the heart. The signature appears to be found in the shape of the leaves. "There is no better herb to take melancholy vapors from the heart, to strengthen it, and make a merry, cheer- ful, blythe soul than this herb ; therefore, the Latins called it Cardiaca. It is held to be of much use for the trembling of the heart, and faintings and swoonings; from whence it took the name Cardiaca" (Culpeper). "As a tonic for nervousness pains and palpitation of the heart, the sufferings peculiar to women, and habitual restlessness, it is an agent deserving of the first consideration." (Cook, Physio-Medical Dispensary.)

Cactus grandiilorus, the fruit of which is heart-shape, is a

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well known heart remedy. Dr. Chapiel gives at the end of his book the pathogenesis of cactus, with an analysis of the symptoms compared with the doctrine of signatures; I shall insert that later on. Chapiel calls attention to the cherry, which looks like a heart, and the kernel of which contains hydrocyanic acid, the chief of heart poisons.


The purslane, a pot herb, Portulacca olerace, is extolled by Cul- peper "to cool the heat and sharpness of urine and the outrage- ous lust of the body, venereous dreams and the like." A vertical cut through the seed of this plant shows a very distinct like- ness of the kidneys. Dr. Chapiel reminds us that the capsules or spore cases (sporanges) of Lycopodium clavatum, are reni- form, "its pathogenesy shows us that it acts powerfully upon the urinary secretions, and the clinic proves it useful in calculous affections." Lycopodium is too well known as a kidney remedy to need any comments.

Dr. Chapiel also calls attention to the seed of the well known string beans or kidney beans, the Phaseolus vulgaris. Hear what our old friend Culpeper has to say about them : "They are as great strengthened of the kidneys as any are ; neither is there a better remedy than it ; a drachm at a time taken in white wine to prevent the stone or to cleanse the kidneys of gravel or stop- page."


The sow bread, Cyclamen Europceum, according to Dr. Chapiel, offers in its berries the form of the stomach. "The berries, he says, are covered with a capsule which show pretty much the shape of a retort." He adds some stomach symptoms, collected by Hahnemann and others, to prove its affinity for the stomach. Nausea, uneasiness at the stomach as after having eaten too much of fatty food, eructations, anorexia, disgust for food, etc. I copy the following from Boericke's Materia Medica : "Salty taste, hiccough-like eructations, worse from fat food. Diarrhoea after every cup of coffee, hiccough. Satiety after a few mouth- fuls. Disgust for meat, especially pork. Desire for lemonade."

The fruit of Menispermum cocculus also represents a retort or a stomach, when seen in a side view, according to Dr. Chapiel.

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who quotes the following symptoms taken from Hahnemann's Materia Medica Ptira: S. 114, Frequent empty eructations; S. 115 and following, Bitter, acrid, putrid, fetid eructation with taste of food; S. 123, and following. Pain as from a knock, pain almost like a stitch, pressure, gnawing, tension in the pit of the stomach. Spasm in the stomach, squeezing, clutching in the stomach. Hiccough. Aversion from food and drink. Want of appetite. Nausea after eating or drinking. Frequent inclination to vomit, causing a copious flow of saliva. Inclina- tion to vomit in connection with headache, and a pain as if bruised in the bowels. Vomiting about midnight