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Examination of tabes Dorsalis and practitioner responsibility.

800 views and no criticism of the case analysis?

We present the cases here for the benefit of those studying with us, and share them with the public. In the main the cases are ‘in house” and are used to encourage the student practitioner to grow. You the public are privvy to how we do things and as such, see how we do things.

To the students..

“To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. Out there in the world, we have a body of people who have undertaken to treat illness as a professional, and with a ‘training’ in homoeopathy and yet, they also with an apparent inability to look at the case and DO THE WORK for themselves.

Several statements in the summation were made that should have made a well trained practitioner get out his or her repertory and work through the case, and more so a student who has this repeated constantly in training.

Our  job is to train the student practitioner to NOT ignore anything and double check for themselves. We at the I.H.M, have always warned against the mentality of following a single persons viewpoint, and insist that EACH student/ potential practitioner convince themselves of the prescriptions made through sound and logical examination of each and every case. This is the second time in 16 years the I.H.M. have put out a case analysis to ‘shake up the student practitioners” and now there will be a time for self reproach that  you got caught out. It is no wonder that 90% of people who claim to be homoeopaths in the west have little or NO understanding of what the therapy is and are easily derailed and follow spurious philosophies willingly. Just because it sounds logical, looks good does NOT mean it holds ANY validity………

You should NOT be afraid to question. You should NOT be afraid to disagree but mostly, you should NOT ever take anything at face value.

For those of you who feel aggrieved at this presentation, I apologise for hurt feelings. However, if you are one of those who took it at face value and accepted it, perhaps you too need to check medicines more often, to read what Hahnemann said regarding treatment of syphilis and treatment of disease according to symptoms, and question WHY you thought Mercurius was for syphilis. We will not do this again . But Please……… do what you are supposed to do.

We have people who look to us for all the answers, and we are busy encouraging them to look to Hahnemann. To not get too comfortable in their chairs and just listen to pass exams or whatever. Its not like we tried to hide ANYTHING…… the case is easily obtained for reference.

The key symptoms were not in Mercurius. A connection was made to miasms and Hahnemann and that he ALWAYS gave mercurius in syphilis, and that alone should have sent warning bells to the student practitioners. And it didnt.

I received this letter from one colleague who guessed at the reason for the case analysis as presented. (My colleagues first language is not English so please excuse the structure). As you can see he agrees with the general synopsis but went on to explain the reasoning for the prescription.

“…………………Thanks for the well explained analysis by  Gary, and Im sure he  will explain in due course, Mercurius was NEVER adminstered.

There is a more simple reasoning on how Boenninghausen came out to the remedies each time. Opportunely he considered the sight component symptoms, overall, modalities, so he figured out the crisis at that moment. I,e. the “inability to develop or hold out the rash in eruptive diseases” “when the old eruption together with the chilblains on the feet again appeared”, lead him on choosing Zincum which solved the situation; and several modalities and symptoms let him try the other various remedies. However, in a determinate moment, things went wrong regarding proper describing of the state and symptoms by the patient and he decided see her personally.

Boenninghausen´s knowledge on the tabes dorsalis symptoms (pathology) and the genius of the remedy, allowed him go ahead with the most adequate remedy in that moment.

As Gary wrote:
“weakness, diminished reflexes, paresthesias (shooting and burning pains, pricking sensations, and formication), hypoesthesias (abnormally diminished cutaneous, especially tactile, sensory modalities), tabetic gait (locomotor ataxia), progressive degeneration of the joints, loss of coordination, episodes of intense pain and disturbed sensation (including glossodynia), personality changes, urinary incontinence, dementia, deafness, visual impairment, positive Romberg’s test, and impaired response to light (Argyll Robertson pupil). The skeletal musculature is hypotonic due to destruction of the sensory limb of the spindle reflex. The deep tendon reflexes are also diminished or absent; for example, the “knee jerk” or patellar reflex may be lacking (Westphal’s sign). A complication of tabes dorsalis can be transient neuralgic paroxysmal pain affecting the eyes and the ophthalmic areas, previously called “Pel’s crises” after Dutch physician P.K. Pel. Now more commonly called “tabetic ocular crises,” an attack is characterized by sudden, intense ocular pain, lacrimation and photophobia.”

Genius of the ALUMINA:
“Inactivity of the rectum; even the soft stool requires great straining” (CD ALUMINA 571-579)
“Locomotor ataxia: “Great heaviness in the lower limbs; can scarcely drag them; while walking staggers and has to sit down; in the evening.” (CD ALUMINA 193, 925, 959, 1012, 1058,)
“Inability to walk except with the eyes open and in the day time.” (CD ALUMINA 193, 925, 959, 1012, 1058,)
“Pain in the back as if a hot iron were thrust through the vertebræ.”(CD ALUMINA 567)

Even though Alumina is founded to have “Aphony” within its pathogenesis (see CD 730, 740), is evident, once the patient was observed, that Boenninghausen did consider it as part of the loss of coordination (tongue paralysis) and NOT in the context of an inflammation, edema, nodes or mucus excess in the larynx/vocal cords, as defined in the TPB for remedies included in the rubric. In the other hand, we find a component symptom of sensation as prominent for any kind of analysis, since this symptom only pertains to Alumina:

846 Sensations and Complaints; Generalities, Hot Iron, Pierced through, sensation of; Alumina grade 3.

From this perspective we are able to see that the analysis is possible and that Boenninghausen´s rationale is solid when he changes the remedy to Pulsatilla (please, use the Concordances):
879;954;722;2965; (P&W Repertory)

Same happens with Sulphur.

Once some symptoms were removed, then the symptoms still present were taken into account and related remedies were given.

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Head Injury-Boenninghausen case.

We would urge you to follow the case with  your repertory and try and work out the logic of the prescription.

The Boenninghausen Diaries. Vol. 81, p. 151.

Wilhelm A., a young farmer, 24 years old, had fallen from a wagon half a year ago, and had lit on his head.

  • Since that time he has suffered from violent pains in the chest, whenever he pressed on his chest, or made a greater exertion; worse in the evening and morning on beginning work, also while lying quietly in bed; relieved by working slowly.
  • For eight years he has had a cough, attended in the morning with copious expectoration of sweetish taste.
  • Much perspiration especially while working in the morning, but not in bed. Feet perspire constantly.
  • Better in the open air.
  • Many things had been used, also domestic remedies, without result.

Please note: The I.H.M. would like to furnish an apology for errors made in presenting this case regarding the dosing given to the patient by Boenninghausen. We have the original German copy of the work, and for some reason or other, a spurious translation in English was attached to the file. We have now removed the English copy and will retranslate the entire work again to avoid future errors.

Thanks to Homoeopath Christine Wittenburg of Spain who queried the dosing method, and we were able to correct the information we originally presented regarding the dosing.

The amended.corrected dosing is below.

Jan. 20, 1852.

  •  Arnica 200. One Dose.
  • 5 days later Sac Lac.
  • 5 days later One Dose of Pulsatilla 200c.
  • On Feb 9th there was a considerable improvement in all symptoms, but he was not yet quite restored.
  • So I gave him Calcarea carb. 200.
  • On March 2, everything was cured, also the cough, and since then the patient has been in good health.

Boenninghausen’s Question regarding succussion

Epistolary communication of councilor Dr. von Boenninghausen to Dr. Rummel
Allg. hom. zeit., vol. xxxix, page 98

I use a moment of quiet to communicate to you two observations, quite various in their character, one even being drawn from the department of chemistry, and yet both of them seem of use to our science on which account I do not object to their publication.

The first observation is respecting the enormous and fatal effects of the high potencies when the dynamization is much increased by excessive shaking with water.

I came to this knowledge in the following manner: In the second half of last winter there were an unusual number of cases of hydrophobia among the dogs, and even at present hardly a day passes without my services being called for to aid some person bitten. Homoeopathy and high potencies have proved their worth. I have used only two or three pellets of the 200th potency dissolved in water for a dose this year, but neither this nor the preceding years have I ever heard that any man or animal treated in this manner by me was seized with hydrophobia.

Nevertheless in the last eleven days I have had two deaths of dogs. The first case was that of a large fine bull-dog of Burgess Boening near Drensteinfurth, that had been bitten by a dog which proved to be mad. As usual I gave the owner, who valued the dog highly, a number of powders, Nos. 1, 3 and 5 Belladonna, 2 Hyoscyamus, 4 Stramonium, all of the 200th potency, to be given every three days in their proper order, one powder dissolved in water by shaking, which could best be effected in a small bottle. This man was too zealous in well-doing, as I afterwards found out, and shook up the powder every time most vigorously for five minutes and over, and than he gave it to the dog with boiled sweet milk which had been allowed to cool off. After each one of these powders the dog had looked very doleful for a whole day; after the last he would not eat any more, though still willing to drink water. On the third day after taking the fifth powder he died, but without showing the least sign of madness or hydrophobia.

About two weeks later I gave the same remedies, to be taken in the same manner, to a large mastiff on Heithorn’s Kolonet in the village of Hittrup, and as if by a providential decree, to impress the lesson taught by the former example, also in this case the shaking of the medicine in water was carried, to excess. In consequence the result was just the same. After the last powder the dog was taken very sick and as he was near dying on the second day they ended his pains with a bullet. Also this dog did not show any symptom of madness before his death. It is to be noted that I have given the same remedy in the same dose and the same manner to quite a number of animals of various kinds, horses, cows, hogs and little dogs, as also to some men who had been bitten, without producing any noticeable trouble; nor did hydrophobia appear with any one of them. But so far as I know and can find out by inquiry, in none of those cases had the potentizing been increased by an excess of shaking, as in the two cases given above.
Though we have here two facts, they stand as yet too isolated to derive certain conclusions therefrom, and I fully see that there are many ways of escaping from the deduction. Still these phenomena seem to me of sufficient importance to call attention to them and cause us to give attention to this matter. If others of my honored colleagues should have heard of similar cases, or can communicate other facts which show that my apprehensions as to the effect of too violent potentizing are baseless, I may well request them for the good of our science to communicate them.

Tabes Dorsalis. A Boenninghausen case. Follow up chat1

We received a couple of emails asking what the remedy prescribed was. We responded to one and asked what their selection was.

“……… I didnt repertorize it. It would take far too long and our methods of obtaining the remedy are so different. There are not enough mental symptoms in the case for a clear prescription. I just want to know what the XXXXX is.”

Firstly, this is not one of my cases, or any of the I.H.M. members cases. This is from Hahnemanns acknowledged favourite student and colleague, Dr Boenninghausen. This is as close to having Hahnemann take a case personally as anyone can get.

There are many reasons for posting this case. We would welcome your comments on any aspect that strikes you as a practitioner, and would like to remind you that we also have a discussion board with the case posted.

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Tabes Dorsalis. A Boenninghausen case.

We present for your information and education the following case from the notes of Dr Boenninghausen. This case singularly, demonstrated a number of case management issues that will be discussed in full at a later date.   we would advise that you, the practitioner simply read the case and make notes, follow the protocol and ask questions or post your comments on Tabes Dorsalis. A Boenninghausen case.

Miss Francisca v. W., belonging to one of the most honored families in Münster, now nearly nineteen years of age, and living here with her relatives for ten years, had often suffered from various ailments (even before her coming here) which bear the most manifest indication of a chronic (psoric) dyscrasy. She had, therefore, in her former place of residence, besides the inevitable codliver oil, also received from a homoeopathic physician now deceased several homoeopathic remedies, namely, Puls., Sulph., Calcar. carb., Carbo veg., Silic. and Lycop. with only partial and insufficient success.

In my Journal (Vol. LXXI., p. 89), I find first enumerated under her name, and dated Dec. 27, 1848, the following:

  • Since four weeks she has had a moist eruption on the head, especially behind both the ears and above both the external ears, which aches most of all and most violently in the evening and in the morning.
  • The abdomen thick and hard.
  • Aversion to meat.
  • Desire for milk, bread and butter and all vegetables of the cabbage and kale kind.
  • She sleeps altogether too long and even till late in the day.
  • Pretty strong curvature of the spine and protuberance of one shoulder-blade.
  • Chilblains on the toes (not on the hands).
  • She feels worse early in the morning; better in the evening.

It would lead too far from my purpose and lead to useless diffusiveness to relate in detail the former treatment of this child, who was manifestly scrofulous, and it will be enough to observe here that these ailments were very stubborn, and that the eruption at first extended further, not only over the head and neck, but even down to the sexual parts, and only after the course of two years it was brought to a cure, together with the curvature of the spine, so that nothing abnormal could any more be found.

Still, in the years following, i. e., 1851 and 1852, there again appeared ailments from time to time, which were not very considerable and were soon removed, but which caused it to be plainly seen that the scrofulosis which was manifestly deeply inrooted was not yet completely exterminated.

In the spring of 1853 she was taken sick with a pretty violent gastric fever, while she had an unconquerable longing for ink, while every time after taking milk she would vomit. Nevertheless, her cure soon followed and she remained well until the winter 1853 to 1854, when the old eruption together with the chilblains on the feet again appeared, which were only fully removed with the beginning of March.

In the beginning of 1855 the same eruption reappeared, but lasted this time only till about the middle of February. The menses now also appeared and, indeed, with unusual violence. In the summer of this year she was seized with a violent case of grippe, which was removed in a few days, and soon afterward by a violent, convulsive colic with excessive menses (quickly cured by a dose of Zincum) followed by a lengthy period of apparently complete health.

In the meanwhile, she had been removed to an educational institution, twenty miles from here, where about the middle of September, 1857, she was taken ill again, and, indeed, first with violent headache with bleeding of the nose and much too copious a flow of blood with the menses, appearing prematurely; all these symptoms were aggravated: in the evening from motion, and from every mental or bodily exertion. Bellad., Bryonia and Phosphor., each in a high potency and in a single dose, relieved this, all excepting a few symptoms, which appeared in the evening, while sitting in the warm room, and which also yielded to a similar dose of Pulsatilla. About the middle of January, 1858, quite a new ailment appeared, concerning which a teacher of the institution gave only a very sparing and incomplete account.

According to her account the patient suffered from violent pains in the back, aggravated by every motion, disappearing at night, and which had once caused a real tonic spasm. Nothing further could be deduced from the written report.

Nux vom. 200, dissolved in water, taken three times a day for three days, produced “considerable and still progressing improvement;” but the patient now complained of “pains in the pit of the neck and inability to swallow,” without any further description. I directed the repetition of Nux vom. a dose dissolved in water taken for six days, twice a day, morning and evening, every time a spoonful.

This second dose of Nux vom. not only remained without any effect, but the (quite undefined) pains in the back had again returned, and a new symptom was announced, namely, an “aphony,” which is most decided in the morning and evening, and which “made it impossible to utter any loud word.” At the same time and only now I was informed that even while using the former remedy speech had become daily more difficult and more of a strain, as “from a paralysis of the tongue,” so that the patient was obliged “to catch a breath with every word, and that she was inordinately wearied by even a little talking.”

Caust. did not affect these ailments, but Sepia, given a week later, caused the voice to return for hours, as was stated, but always soft and subdued. But all the rest remained almost unchanged, only, according to the description of the patient herself, “somewhat better.”

A dose of Sulphur 200, sent on February 3d, had the effect that every night after midnight she had headache (without any further description) with epistaxis, only improved by sitting up in bed. All the rest was merely described with the stereotyped phrase, “somewhat better,” showing that it was still present; but not a syllable was added which could have secured a proper selection of the remedy.

Under such circumstances, sufficient to lead to despair, I sent on February 17, a dose of Belladonna 200, to be taken as the preceding medicine, but then I demanded with decision, that the patient should be brought here, so that I might see her, which might be done without danger, considering the short distance and the nature of the disease, manifestly chronic. It is noteworthy, that especially among the higher classes and, especially in veryous diseases, the stereotype euphemism is always “somewhat better,” while the improvement makes no essential progress, but on the contrary, new symptoms are continually added, which complicate the matter without offering any hold for the selection of the remedy. According to my decidedly pronounced desire, the patient was brought here on February 24 and in the evening I called on her. Great was my astonishment at recognizing at once the most decided image of a genuine tabes dorsalis, to which nothing reported so far had pointed at all. Especially the aphony which was always emphasized as the chief characteristic and which is only exceptionally observed in this disease had caused no suspicion of the real state of the case, since the paralysis of the lower extremities, which was already far advanced, had not been mentioned in any one of the letters.

When I saw the patient, the aphony was indeed, so great and the pronunciation so indistinct that I had to incline my ear close to her mouth to understand her whispers. But all the other symptoms spoke too plainly to allow the real character of the disease to be mistaken and the last-named symptom could only permit the supposition that the affection of the spinal marrow had reached an unusual extent.

What I discovered at once at my first visit and immediately noted down more carefully and circumstantially than usual was the following:

  • The patient had for a long time noticed an ever increasing weakness of the lower extremities, connected with which she had always felt a more or less pronounced pain in the back.
  • The sensation in the back was a sort of burning, as if a hot iron had been pushed up from the small of the back up through the spine. In the beginning this had often only been a disagreeable formication extending upward.
  • At the same time the soles of her feet had appeared as if soft or padded, as if the feet were resting on a soft woolen cover or on a pillow.
  • Gradually all sensation in the soles of her feet had been more and more lost, so much even that she did not feel the ground under her feet any more, nor did she know whether her feet rested on it unless her sight assured her of it.
  • So long as she still was able to walk, which she had not, however, been able to do for several weeks, she had only been able to do this by day in a bright light and with her eyes open. When her eyes were closed, or in the dark, she had tottered and staggered so much that she had immediately had to take hold of something to keep from falling.
  • Now she was quite unable to stand in the dark and had even to lean against something in bright daylight. When she was lying in bed she had no sensation at all of the position and situation of her feet and legs, which, often unknown to her, occupied the most varied positions.
  • During the beginning of the disease, if she made the attempt to walk a few steps in the dark, even in rooms well-known to her, she would always unconsciously and involuntarily turn to the left and thus miss her aim.
  • Very frequently she had a sensation of contraction in the abdomen, as if it was drawn together with a band; this sensation as well as the pains in the back were always worse when beginning to move after a long rest.
  • The aphony mentioned above still continues, but it is painless, but it is conjoined with a striking and excessive weariness if she speaks at all, so that she assured me that she was frequently compelled to rest herself.
  • As for the rest, I found the patient well-nourished, with a blooming complexion, complaining but little, and not in the least disquieted about her condition; yea, even with the clearly pronounced inclination to consider her ailment as by no means dangerous or serious. Appetite and digestion good. Stool somewhat hard and inert. The menstruals appear at the right time, but pretty copious. In the evening the condition is worse than in the morning.

These symptoms, which were at once and completely written out, and which had for me a double importance because they were the first that I had an opportunity of investigating with respect to this disease after my particular study of XXXXX, left no room for the least doubt that the case was a pronounced case of tabes dorsalis, and on the basis of my earlier experience I did not hesitate to give her at once a dose of XXXXX. 200, from the pharmacy of druggist Lehrmann, in Schoeningen. This was to be dissolved in six tablespoonfuls of water, and three times a day for two days a tablespoonful was to be taken.

On the 26th of February, when I again visited my patient, the improvement was already so manifest and decided that I did not wish as yet to disturb the after-effects. A second dose of XXXXX 200, taken in the same manner on March 1st, continued the improvement, and since in the meanwhile the menses had appeared without any concomitant trouble I followed it up with a third dose of the same remedy, given in the same way on March 5th.

According to my journal the improvement progressed steadily and regularly. The patient is already able to stay up all day, and she walks about all over the house in the bright daylight. She can even go up and down stairs without any particular trouble. Only when she closes her eyes she cannot as yet walk straight, but she still constantly turns to the left, as I found out on making the trial; nor can she walk as yet in the dark without holding on to something.

March 10. Again XXXXX. 200 as before.

The lower limbs do very well, but the voice is still often lost in the evenings, and talking is difficult and wearisome. Thus it seems that too frequent a repetition of this remedy without intervening remedies does not advance the cure quickly enough.

This is a result which not infrequently appears in chronic ailments, where the symptoms only become milder, without any essential change. Accordingly, on March 15 I gave Natrum mur. 200, to be taken in the same way. The action was good, still not as favorable as that of the prior remedy.

Perhaps the similarity between the effects of Natrum mur. and of XXXXX. is too great, a fact which is occasionally seen when two remedies too closely related immediately follow on each other (compare Ignat., Nux vom. and Puls). Nevertheless, the improvement had again progressed so much that the patient on March 21 could without any strain come to see me, and called on me. She now received Alumina 3000 (Jenichen’s), when the improvement again advanced more manifestly. Only the pains in the back and in the small of the back increased again. Thus the action was not as specific as that of XXXXX.

On March 28 she received Caust. 200, which caused all these pains to vanish, while her voice and speech improved. On the other hand, the soft feeling in the soles of the feet and the weakness of the legs increased, showing that this remedy does not sufficiently correspond to the proper essential character of tabes dorsalis.

On April 11 I returned again to XXXXX.

Now, also, the last considerable remnants of the disease vanished almost completely, and even her speech became again as sonorous and unobstructed as in her days of health. Only on account of a rarely-occurring formication, appearing especially in the evening, with a transitory insensibility in the soles of the feet, On April 20 I gave another dose of XXXXX, and On April 28 one dose of Pulsatilla 200, and, finally, On May 7 a dose of Sulphur 200. The three medicines were taken as the former ones, when the last traces of the disease completely disappeared and nothing of the kind has since been seen.

Meditative Provings.

This is one of the reasons why the medical practice of homoeopathy is dismissed as total drivel and nonsense……… For the genuine medical practitioner of homoeopathy, your practice is judged in the public eye as a spiritual healing by mystical means. This is NOT what the medical therapy. based on sound medical principles and regulated properly conducted provings is about.. You will also notice more and more of the modern ‘leaders of homeopathy’, have a great leaning towards these unethical practices within the framework of the therapy.

The I.H.M. and its members, when discussing the lack of validity of these provings with some practitioners, have been accused of being “Classical Luddites”, Lacking in “spirituality”, having “no comprehension of the intermingling of the material and spiritual world”, We were told “homeopathy is not a scientific practice, rather it is a getting in touch with the universe through fixing the central core of delusion that manifests itself in disorder and unwellness on the physical/emotional plane”.

 

“……….The first volume of Meditative Provings (now affectionately known as ‘The Purple Book’ from the colour of its cover) contains in note form a summary of 52 new remedies proved through meditation by several groups of homeopaths in the late 1990s. The remedy pictures and symptoms were intuited, channelled or experienced physically, emotionally and spiritually. They include the usual mental and physical symptoms of a remedy but also its spiritual aspects and the way in which it can be used to clear psychic or spiritual blocks and to further spiritual development. Each remedy is also linked with the chakras.

These are remedies which will be increasingly needed as we move into the 21st century and the Aquarian Age, especially by children but they are already found to work well in the treatment of physical and emotional dis-ease in anyone. The provings bring to the forefront the spiritual potential of Homeopathy and give to practitioners and patients who are ready and willing to work at this level the possibility of using homeopathy as a tool for spiritual advancement. Many of the old remedies do not have this aspect as they were needed at a time when the level of humanity’s development was different. However many of the old remedies also work at this higher level when needed, especially when given in combination with the new remedies.

The remedies in the book are: Amethyst, Ayahuasca, Bay Leaf, Berlin Wall, Blue, Caesium, Chalcancite, Chalice Well, Chestnut Tree Red Flower, Chestnut Tree White Flower, Clay, Conium Maculatum, Copper Beech, Earthworm, Emerald, Ether, Goldfish, Green, Holly, Hornbeam, Jade, Jet, Lac Humanum, Lotus, Medorrhinum Americana, Mimosa, Moldavite, Moonstone, Oak, Obsidian, Okoubaka, Peridot, Plutonium, Purple, Rainbow, Red, Rhodocrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sea Holly, Sea Salt, Sequoia, Silverfish, Stonehenge, Strawberry, Strontium, Sycamore Seed, Tiger’s Eye, Viscum Album, Willow, Yellow.”

We also found this published report in the pages of a journal supposedely representing and promoting the practice of homoeopathy and indeed taken seriously as a proper proving…….

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The Homeopathic and Meditative Proving of Emerald
By: Moya Ross and Sarah Campbell

Helios Homoeopathy, Tunbridge Wells, 2002
219 pp., p/b, ISBN 0-9530144-5-2

Reviewed by: Lynda Kenyon RSHom

‘It’s a proving Spock, but not as we know it’

Moya Ross and Sarah Campbell’s proving of the remedy Emerald is a tour de force by any standard, more thorough and detailed than many. The book has 12 chapters, which include material on the background inspiration for the remedy, as well as careful details of the manner in which the meditative provings were conducted. The authors are scrupulously transparent about their procedures, but sadly the meditations followed no rigorous protocols and are, therefore, of dubious value – as the authors concede.

There is much of merit in the book, including a number of different approaches to pulling out the themes of Emerald, but the mixture of the esoteric and the pragmatic can leave you reeling. Chapter 3 attempts a Scholtenian analysis of Emerald. This is juxtaposed against traditional methods of healing with emeralds and channelled information on Emerald from Gurudas’s Gem elixirs and vibrational healing. There is also an astrological reading for Emerald, based on its date and time of preparation, plus transcriptions of the meditative provings and a comparative materia medica.

It remains unclear from the proving methodologies how many provers actually took part in either the Hahnemannian or the meditative provings. The gender division is similarly vague. I’m sure this is an oversight, but we do really need this information to be included. By deduction I arrived at 15 provers for the Hahnemannian proving, one of whom was given placebo. Working out the proportions of male to female was more taxing than I cared to contemplate! Details of the prover’s response to the placebo are also included.

I was disappointed by the inconsistency of the protocols for the meditative proving. Of the six meditations, one was excluded from the proving because the team felt that the meditators had been unduly influenced by the music played. This was the music of Hildegard von Bingen, the eleventh-century nun whose healing work inspired the proving. Of the remaining five meditations, only two were entirely made up of individuals who did not know the remedy. However, the authors give clear outlines of the circumstances under which the meditative provings took place and the information from them is only included in a separate section, and in italics in the chapter on the themes of Emerald. We can still make up our own minds.

I especially liked the fact that the ‘Symptoms’ chapter was organised under rubric headings. This allowed me to take issue with the collators’ classification of symptoms, an opportunity not always provided. Classifying a proving diary is like case analysis – it is highly subjective. Yet most of us just take our materia medica for granted. Showing the rubric with its provenance allows us to be a bit less passive in our acceptance of the remedies we are using.

The book also contains a summative chapter on the themes of Emerald, which I found a bit disappointing. In Chapter 12 the authors remind us that ‘homeopathy is a holistic therapy treating people rather than disease’, but we still get the ‘Emerald is good for …’ approach. It is ironic that the movement towards a type of practice in which intuition is so important should lead to an allopathic approach, listing diseases and pathologies rather than characteristics of the remedy that apply across a range of diseases. As homeopaths it behoves us to remember our precepts. Let me draw your attention to Chapter 12 again:

‘Having so clearly felt the effects of Emerald spiritually I was somewhat bewildered to find that none of the remaining five in the group had a similar experience. ‘

‘I have tried to come to an understanding as to why for some people Emerald gives enhanced spiritual awareness and not others. ‘

Simillimum, susceptibility, resonance – this is still homeopathy we are talking about, isn’t it?

This book contains a good Hahnemannian proving and shows clearly the dedication and hard work of the authors and their proving team. Nevertheless, I think some of the material contained in it might more properly belong in the pages of our professional journals, where new ideas and concepts can be discussed in an atmosphere of constructive criticism.

 

A View on disease, vacination and health

We present some writings of one practitioner and his view on the topics in the Title.

David Little.
I am an American who has practiced in the USA and India for many, many years. First of all, so many children die young in India under bad hygienic conditions and infectious disease that only those with a strong resistance even make it too five years old. People living in unhygienic conditions on bad food do NOT live a healthy life. There is no doubt that those areas in India with better hygiene and living conditions are MUCH more healthy than those that live in dirty conditions on poor nutrition, etc.. I have seen the difference first hand though my world wide travels. Many of the rich are not that healthy because they abuse themselves with too much of everything. One cannot get too carried away with the idea that poor people living in squalor are healthier than those that have better living conditions. This an exaggeration of an observation that does possess some merit.

There is no doubt that the revolution in hygiene and food storage reduces the spread of infectious diseases. This is true during the 18th and 19th century in the West. I have seen changes in villages in India over the past 25 years due to the use of clean water, toilets and the safe removed of waste. The people are healthier and happier. Children in the poor districts of Calcutta are not healthy. They are dirty, sick and hungry. Some have been so damage in the first five years by poverty, infectious diseases and malnutrition that do not heal quickly. I have seen them firsthand. Those who live in the country side, and are not too poor, are much better off.. There is a balance in health and harm in excesses.

Nevertheless, the excessive use of antiseptics, chemically treated and fluoridated water, over immunizations, the abuse of antibiotics, fungicides and steroids, etc., has had a serious impact on the immune system in what I will called “over developed countries”. An increase in allergies, asthma and some other diseases has been linked to “excessive hygiene” in Western countries! Excessive (might I say anal retentive) hygiene has removed so many of the relatively harmless bacteria, mites, fungi, etc., that the immune system suffers from *lack of exposure* in the early years. This is the conclusion of many scientific studies.

When excessive hygiene is combined with the abuse of antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, etc., and over immunization the outcome is a weaken immune system and faulty reactions. This contributes to the inner and outer suppression of the acute, half acute and chronic miasms as well toxcity. This syndrome produces two extremes of reactions, i.e, over sensitivity leading to autoimmune diseases and allergies and hypersensitive leading to immunoeficiency disorders. This is making people harder to treat with homeopathy because our remedies work by the action-reaction model based on the vital force. When more persons over reactive or under reactive our job becomes more difficult.

Those who still live in the countryside and are exposed to normal parasitical pathogens actually suffer less of these modern problems. This is also the conclusion of several scientific reports. The immune system is supposed to learn how to fight diseases not have everything killed for it. When one combines todays tendency to *excessive* hygiene, over immunization, the abuse of antibiotics and other drugs with environmental degradation, over urbanizations, over population, etc., the outcome is faulty adaption, lack of resistance and idiosyncratic reactions.

Since the end of WW II there has been a radical increase in population, urbanization, and the number of persons working indoors in factories and offices in western countries. This is combined with the break down of the multi-generation families and the increase in nuclear families where both parents work. The increase in the pace of modern life, and the stress and strain associated with it, has had a great effect on the psyche and soma of people in the 1st world. it!

People are now so divorced from nature that many are suffering what may be called diseases of over civilization. This comes with an increase in obsessive compulsive, hysterical, hypochondriacal and anxiety neurosis as well as paranoid diseases and mood affective disorders like mania, manic-depression, melancholia. The outcomes is an increase in premature dementia, suicidal states, homicidal states, criminal insanity, sex crimes, psychosis and schizophrenia. In general Indians are more tolerant and contented than westerners because they have to be more adaptive. Many westerners act like little more than spoiled children who do not know how well they have it and cannot be satisfied by anything. This is true both mentally and physically.

The answer to the effects of all this modern stress is more drugs and suppression! Children raised in the new “rat race” are increasing put on psychoactive chemicals which suppress the natural reaction of the unconscious to negative situations without any real attempt at problems solving. Teenagers suffering from the effects of normal adolescent changes are put on drugs rather than giving support and counseling. Adults are increasing using psychoactive chemicals as suggested by so-called “consumer advocacy groups” which are supported by drug companies. People are given questionnaires that make it seem like everyone needs to take psychoactive drugs! Now they speak of “life enhancement” through these chemical which is little more than legal recreational drug pushing. General practitioners are giving massive amounts of these drugs to a greater number of patients with no psychological intervention. The entire Western culture is breaking down under the onslaught of the multi-national drug companies and their control of the environment, the inner terrain of the body and the psyche.

People cannot stand their governments and governments cannot stand their people.Children cannot stand their parents and parents cannot stand their children. Men cannot stand women and women can not stand men. Old people cannot stand young people and young people cannot stand old people. The middle age persons are dissatisfied and view the future with dread. Families, societies and the entire nations are suffering from ethical, psychical, and physical breakdown and this collective psychoses is increasing. Add to this the so-called war on terrorism and we have an increase in fear, paranoia, alienation, false nationalism, racism and religious and cultural prejudice. In the mean time the military industrial complex is thriving. All of this is having a dramatic effect on the psychological and physical health of millions.

This decline of humanity is reached epidemic proportions in Western countries and getting worse in counties that take on rapid westernization. I have only pointed out a few angles of what is increasingly become group suppression of the body’s needs, group hysteria and group psychoses. What is really interesting about this is that it was all predicted by Samuel Hahnemann in the introduction to the Organon!!! The Founder wrote:

“As long has humanity has existed, people have been exposed, individually and collectively, to illnesses of physical and moral causes. In the raw state of nature few means were needed, since the simple way of life admitted but few diseases. With civilization, however, the occasions for falling ill, and the need for help against diseases grew in equal measure. From then on (from after Hippocrates therefore for two thousand years) people have occupied themselves with the testament of ever more self-multiplying diseases. In the puzzling out how to help, using intellect and presumptions, they allowed themselves to be seduced by their vanity. Countless different view about the nature of disease and their redress sprang from so many very different heads.”

As long as humanity has existed people have been exposed both individually and collectively to illness of mental and physical causes. This statement implies has a dual nature, i.e., the collective and individual as well as the psychic and somatic. We suffers both individually and well as collectively from mental and psychical causes. When human beings lived in harmony with nature they suffer a less complicated state but with the advent of civilization they now suffer from a host of every multiplying diseases of a more and more complex nature. These symptoms have been met with new drugs, suppression and unnecessary surgeries which only produce more troublesome mutations of increasing destructive powers. I call this Hahnemann’s Genesis because it deals with the “fall of humanity”.

Many of these conditions are now called “diseases of civilization” because they have reached massive proportions in Westernized countries and are increasing in counties taking on rapid westernization. These are based on the suppression to the environment by the excessive use of antiseptics, pest control and herbicides with the internal suppression of all infections with antibiotics, antiviral, fungicides and vermifuges as well as over immunization one witnesses an increasing damage to immune system and an increase of chronic degenerative diseases. Now we have over population, over urbanization, ]chemical, nuclear and electromagnetic pollution and climate change on the outside and suppression, chemical toxins, faulty adaptation and ethical and mental degeneration on the inside. With it has come the decline of the family, of long term relationships and social responsibility. There is a desecration of civilization individually and collectively that is reaching serious pathological proportions that threaten the survival of the human race.

My dear homoeopaths, what we are facing today is of apocalyptic proportions. The modern epidemic of over and under reaction as well as idiosyncratic responses is just one more reason to learn Hahnemann’s advanced techniques and the methods of adjusting the dose and repetitions of the C and LM potency when needed. We must prove more remedies in the traditional manner and make a deeper study of individual and collective causes. It is one more reason to study the effects of drugs, suppression and the miasms. It is one more reason to assess the attending circumstances like constitution, temperament, predisposition, lifestyle, habits, occupational hazards as well as personal and social relationships. It is one more reason to come to terms with poisonings by chemicals. It is one more reason to study the long term affects of occasioning and continual maintaining causes that cannot be avoided. It is one more reason to pray and work for humanity as a whole.

The first subject I will take up is vaccination in general and then raising conceiving and raising children in particular. Without healthy, happier children tomorrow will not be a better world. As I reach later middle age and face old age I know that my work on this earth will someday be finished. At this stage of life what we leave behind becomes a more important issue and legacy a more important word. If we have any real legacy it is what we have done for others. This work starts at home and then spreads to the society and the entire global village.
The idea behind immunizations is based on similar substances in that the original substance has been modified so that it is not exactly the same as the natural infection. Hahnemann supported vaccination although his casebooks show that he sometimes treated the acute side effects of vaccination. He knew vaccination could cause problems and even suggested methods for reducing the risk. He felt that this method was homoeopathic and that other preventative remedies might be found in a similar manner,. Hahnemann observation was that vaccination had reduced the virulency and epidemic of smallpox. He thought, in his time and place, that the risk versus benefit ratio was in favor of vaccination. These are the historical facts so we best not ignore them based on our personal feelings.

It was Wolf and Boenninghausen who first spoke out strongly about the long term side effects of smallpox vaccination. Then Boenninghausen introduced Thuja as a curative as well as preventative remedy for the miasm. This was quickly followed by the use of Variolinum based on Hering’s experiments with nosodes. The smallpox nosode was used with great success in the USA during epidemics. There is ample documentation on this subject. The complications associated with the homeopathic campaigns were minimal and were mostly aggravations cause the dose and potency. The homeopathic method seems to have faired better than the orthodox vaccinations. So for smallpox, at least, we do have some statistical and clinic data that shows he nosodes work well. There are quite a few promising studies and even a few laboratory confirmations of immune reactions. Homoeopathic prophylaxis has worked well in the field over the last 162 years since Hahnemann passed away.

Orthodox immunization is similar in theory to the idea of nosode prophylaxis but the size of the dose and the tendency to mix several diseases together increases the danger associated with the method. The injection of larges doses of mixtures of miasms at the same time is very questionable because it is so unnatural. The immune system is not designed to be exposed to so many differing acute and chronic miasms in the first five years of life. There is also the danger of contamination which chemicals and other viruses.So what we have is the right idea being done in the wrong manner. This is what I call “over-immunization”. Too much of too many things too fast. In the end one ends up with so many dissimilar miasms affect the vital force that they form dissimilar layers that can only repress one another or form complex diseases but never cure each other.

The continual production of antibodies for so many dissimilar diseases so fast can cause the immune system to attack its own tissue producing vaccine related autoimmune disorders that appear as many different diseases not related to immunization. The exact nature of the final form of the vaccinosis is based on the heredity, constitution, temperament and predispositions of the individual as well as the nature of the iatrogenic miasm. The individualized nature of the reactions makes it almost impossible to related all the potential disorders by a simple 1+1= 2 linear causation. For this reason, only the grossest side-effects that take place more quickly are ever recorded. The rest is ignored or considered new diseases.

Now we come to the risk versus benefit of orthodox immunizations. Some say that all vaccinations do not work but this is too sweeping of a statement. Yes, studies show that certain vaccinations do not work very well if at all. For example, WHO did a massive study of BCG in India and found that it had no real effect on infection rates. Risk yes – cost yes- benefit no! An MD (who is using more and more homeopathy) told me that in his young years he saw lots of tetanus but he no longer sees it much these days. At the same time, he told that DPT does not seem to have reduced the incidents of whooping cough and many immunized children still get the disease. This was his unprejudiced observation over the last 30 years. At the same time, this shot is known cause serious complications in quite a few children. So what is the risk and what are the benefits? Should everyone get the shot now because someday they “might” need it? If one gets a deep puncture wound or serous laceration tetanus anti-toxin shots are available at the time. Ledum and Hypericum offer an alternative even then.

I once had a discussion with a pediatrician.about giving new born babies hepatitis B shots in the first day of their lives. I ask him what are the transmission vectors. He said the most common vectors were drug addicts sharing needles and sexual intercourse. Then I ask him what were the chances of a new born baby shooting drugs or having sex? He said “none”. Then I ask him why give them this immunization so close to birth when they did not need it? He was lost for words. He was stuck in the system and forced to follow standard practice.

They should not *over immunize* children for more and more disease every year as if there is no limited to what the human organism can tolerate. At first it causes a boast of specific antibodies but then it exhausts the immune system because it is not natural to be exposed to so many diseases at time. They may or may not get the disease the vaccination was given for but they do become more susceptible to host of other diseases. They should only give immunizations to those diseases that present a clear and present danger. They should only give one immunization at a time and then wait and watch the child’s health. They should not vaccinate children who an unhealthy or ill at the time. Each case should be individualized according to the patient, time and circumstances. If the orthodox school just followed these simple parameters the amount of complications would be reduced. What they are doing lacks common sense as well as medical prudence and is more about the assembly line production and money than health.

Now let us look at Nature’s Way. Why? Because if are going to find a better method than the orthodox mechanistic approach we must know what is natural first. The immature immune system is supposed to be strengthened through the parent’s genes, exposure the mother’s blood and fluids in the womb and by breast feeling. Breast milk increases the resistance to infection and helps strengthen the growing immune system. Exposure in the post-natal word to relative harmless microorganisms continues to develop the resistance and adaption of the growing infant further.

As the child starts to eat solid food the intestinal flora is developed so that there is a healthy balance of positive and so-called negative bacteria, fungi and parasites. If the internal terrain is balanced the potentially pathological microorganisms are harmless and the process further increases resistance and adaption. These are important phases of living on the earth. Bacteria-phobia is one of the reasons for the excessive use of antiseptics and chemical soaps has lead to the derangement of the system of mass defense leading to an increase of allergenic disorders. We can not live a healthy life without the millions of microorganisms that live within the human organism and surround us in life.

Life is a twin process of adaption or learning to live with relatively harmless microorganism and gaining resistance to those which have pathogenic potential. As long as the internal terrain is not unnaturally deranged the human organism is ready, willing and able to strike up a healthy balance in its internal medium. When there is a balance of learning to adapted to that which is not really a threat and learning to resist that which is a danger the individual heathy. If the internal terrain is unbalanced by immunizations, antibiotics, fungicides and chemicals the same relatively harmless microorganisms become out of balance and become extremely pathological.

On top of this natural resistance the growing infant must eat a good diet, feel loved and appreciated, and get enough exposure to the Nature’s elements to continue to evolve into its new environment. When such a child begin to socialize they are expose to the common acute miasms this is another chance to strengthen its system of mass defense. This is a natural immunization, which will make the child more resistance to all similar acute diseases and may even cure the predigestions to certain similar chronic disorders. In such a child their natural vitality and the acquired resistance is usually sufficient so that there are no complications.

This is the ideal situation not a reality for each and every child even in the natural world. Heredity, constitution, temperament and predisposition combined with environmental factors are leading factors. Some children are born with notable weaknesses, susceptibilities and lack of vitality. They are always at a higher risk to suffering acute and chronic miasmic infections and prone to complications. These children need special attention until they overcome there innate disabilities and reach a point of sufficient resistance, adaptation and vitality. Unfortunately, those with compromised health are the most at risk of side effects from orthodox immunization. It is a vicious circle.

What is wrong with them?

Case after case of vaccinated persons getting the disease they have been ‘protected’ against…. and yet they STILL tell people to get vaccinated.

NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) –

The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.

The school says it has told faculty and staff members who are unsure of their immunization status to check with their health providers.

“At Stevens our top priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Consistent with the procedures outlined by the NJDOH, all students with suspected mumps infection were isolated from others during the infectious phase of the illness and returned to their homes off campus,” said Maggie Cunning, Director of the Student Health Services. “There have been no reports of newly symptomatic cases since the initial cases last week.”

Stevens is encouraging anyone who may have recently visited the campus or had close contact with a student or staff member to contact their doctor if they are exhibiting mumps symptoms. These include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Some unknown facets and writing of Constantine Hering

The I.H.M present this view of Constantine Hering for practitioners to observe and make mental note of his views and thoughts and see if and where or how they are in, or not in agreement with Hahnemann. Only by research and study can we, the homoeopathic prescribers be sure of our sources.

Some unknown facets and writing of Constantine Hering

by Calvin Knerr

 “Lives of great men all remind us, We can make our lives sublime”.

 It appears to me to be unusually appropriate, and significant, that the International Association of strictly homoeopathic physicians should hold its meeting here, in Boston, the Athens of the New World where Homoeopathy has flourished from its earliest history in this country.

 It is here, that men like the Wesselhoefts came to practice. One of these, the elder William, was a pioneer, who had stood shoulder to shoulder with Hering at the Allentown Academy, the first homoeopathic college in the world, where homoeopathic literature had its beginning, where some of the earlier textbooks, printed in German, were translated and published for the benefit of its students. It was there that Wesselhoeft gathered the seeds of sound doctrine which he later planted here in Boston, which has borne fruit ; manifold and is still productive in the hands of his successors.

 Among those pioneers, the founders of the Allentown Academy, I am proud to name one of my ancestors, a country clergyman of German descent, the Rev. John Helfrich, who, like the honored Boenninghausen, became a skilled amateur in Homoeopathy, which he practiced among his parishioners and friends, and assisted in making provings and contributions to the literature of those early days.

 I owe my affiliation with my great teacher and honored father-in-law, which began directly after my graduation from Hahnemann College, in the year 1869, to the close friendship between Dr. Hering and my great uncle.

 To the few to whom it has been permitted, by Providence, to have shared in the lives and labors of great men, to have lived, walked and talked with them, shared their intimacies and confidences, observed them in their daily tasks of doing good in a great way, has been granted a privilege that cannot be too highly estimated, nor too deeply treasured in both heart and mind.

 As I look back upon the past from what must be near the summit of a long life, longer than what is allotted to most men, I realize that the years in which I sat at the feet of Hering were years of golden opportunity. From the moment of my entering upon my duties as assistant to the great master, I began to record in a diary the conversations of Dr. Hering, his table-talk, the daily incidents that occurred in his busy life, his interviews with other physicians of prominence, who came to consult or to be instructed and entertained by the sage so widely known and respected. In the years that followed, eleven in all, the book grew to a fair size filled with a mass of daily notes of a kind that are calculated to interest the followers of Hahnemann, and particularly the neophytes in Homoeopathy. I have in mind, to place before the public, and the profession, a volume to bear the title. “Conversation and Philosophy of Dr. Constantine Hering” in two parts to be followed by the “Lesser Writings” from Hering’s pen, consisting of essays on Materia Medica and Therapeutics ; provings and history of provings ; clinical observations ; correspondence with eminent homoeopaths of an early period ; Hahnemann, Stapf, Jenichen and others in foreign lands as well as that of a later period, letters from and practitioners in this country : Allen, Dunham, Bayard, Bell, Berridge (of London) ; Boyce, Bute (Hering’s student and predecessor in North America the one who coped with the cholera in Philadelphia, before Hering’s arrival). P. P. Wells, the Wesselhoefts, William and Conrad, and many more from different parts of the world.

From the manuscript of the first volume. Conversation and Philosophy of Constantine Hering, I have culled a few cases, hitherto unpublished, and some general remarks to illustrate Dr. Hering’s method of practice.

 CASE I

Was that of Judge M., a prominent member of the bar and the judiciary, unusually bright and competent, who was born a hydrocephaloid. His head remained unusually large in his earlier years until he came under the care of Dr. Hering, who prescribed occasional doses of Calcarea-phosphorica in a high potency. At intervals the boy with the big head, as his deformity was corrected, required to be fitted, with a smaller, not a larger hat, as is the custom with growing lads.

 CASE II

A young Cuban was brought to Philadelphia for treatment. I was called in consultation with some allopathic physician who had the case in hand. I found a young man, with black eyes, a mere skeleton filled with air, unable to swallow a morsel of food without vomiting it up directly after. He cursed at doctors in general and swore that he would take neither, homoeopathic nor any other kind of medicine. I sent to the nearest confectionery shop for some plain cream of which I ordered a teaspoonful to be taken, with a little sugar every half hour. The patient took it. Next day he said he had not vomited once. I then increased the quantity of cream to dessert-spoonful doses, every hour. On the following day he complained of severe pain in the stomach. I felt a large lump there the size of a fist. This his physician had pronounced to be cancer. It was none. I gave him two globules of Hyoscyamus on the tongue. He had no more pain after this. I now ordered a table-spoonful of beef tea to be taken on the one-half hour, and the same quantity of arrowroot on the next half hour, turn about. The young man kept on gaining weight steadily and in a short time he returned to his island a well man. When he received my bill, in the amount of one hundred dollars, he paid it promptly, at the same time telling me that I was the most sensible doctor he had ever met, and at the same time the most stupid, because he had expected to pay me no less than a thousand ! This patient recommended a great many others to me, from Cuba.

 Hering did not contribute much of clinical material from his practice to our literature. He made constant use of cases cured by others. In fact he intended to write a book as soon as he could accumulate a thousand or more typical cases. This book was not written.

 Hering never failed to write down the symptoms of his patients at their first visit, and again at future visits, for which purpose he carried with him a small note-book to the bedside, and in his office he used tablets of note-paper about three by four in size. While there had accumulated stacks upon stacks of such notes, carefully arranged upon shelves, not one of them could be completely deciphered to be of any use, not even by those among us who were familiar with his handwriting. Other papers of Materia Medica, though hard to read, are not beyond recovery. Since, after his death, I am probably the only person living who can read the papers, I have made it my business through the many years that they have been in my possession, to rewrite, copy and translate most of them. There is much material, all of it in ink which so far has withstood the corroding influence of time. The paper, of the best, also holds well. Good Lotzbecker snuff which the doctor used and let fall among his papers and the leaves of his books, has preserved them from decay and the ravages of the book-worm.

 Hering says both Hahnemann and Stapf kept records of their cases in blank books, or ledgers, in which a single page was devoted to each patient. Between lines there was left room for remarks. The symptoms were numbered. After each symptom were placed the marks signifying better or worse, as the treatment progressed.

 Hering was the first to condemn the giving of castor oil on the third day after child-birth, which was almost universally done to produce a bowel movement with the lying-in. He claims that the seventh day after child-birth is the natural time for passage ; if it does not come then he advises a dose of Bryonia, or Nux-vomica. We see with satisfaction that that practice of purging is being largely ignored even by the ordinary practitioners of medicine.

 Hepar-sulphur : Before the advent of modern surgery Dr. Hering fought off lancing abscesses, which he thought bad practice, and unnecessary if Hepar, in a high potency, were given to the patient. This suggestion came from him as early as 1827, while in South America. At about the same time Hartmann, in Germany, introduced Mercurius.

 Kali-nitricum : A key note of Nitrum is : Drinking often, but little at a time. The patient drinks but little at a time because the act of swallowing interferes with respiration. Hering says this is Grauvogl’s observation.

 Hering laid great stress upon the following with a complementary medicine where the previous remedy had ceased to be beneficial after waiting a reasonable time, with a similarly acting medicine, preferably one from another group, as for instance Belladonna after Rhus-tox’. Pulsatilla after Nux-vomica in many variations. The key to this will be found under Chapter 48. “Relationship in Guiding Symptoms”, the Condensed Materia Medica, and in the Repertory to these works.

 Certain remedies are inimical and should not be allowed to follow each other closely, as for instance : Phosphorus and Causticum also Rhus-tox. and Apis ; likewise Nux-vom. and Ignatia. Only one of them can be properly indicated.

 Aloes has its sphere of action in the pelvis. There is great congestion there, with a feeling of fullness, as if everything was tending there. Haemorrhoidal tenesmus.

 Hering got the Arum-triphyllum. (Jack-in-the-Pulpit) from an upcountry Pennsylvania German who had it from an old woman, in one of the valleys of Pennsylvania.

 After a proving it became valuable remedy in his hands for scarlet fever in its worst form.

 Hering was called to see three children located in a basement on Cherry Street. The oldest child was in the last stage of the sickness, evidently dying. The second was in the second stage and very sick. The third had just begun to sicken. He thought of the Pennsylvania German’s remedy, the Arum-triphyllum, which he administered to each of the three children, in the sixth dilution. All three recovered.

 The chief indications for the remedy are soreness of the mouth, cracked lips and salivation. He tried the remedy again soon after, this time getting an aggravation, probably due to a lower potency ; higher ones were made use of later.

 Hamamelis (witch hazel) was suggested to Hering by a consumptive at the point of death, named Pond, who controlled his haemorrhages with the quack medicine, which he himself had introduced, and which made him rich, but which he kept a secret. Hering thought if a substance can stop haemorrhages from a lung almost gone, it must be a good remedy.

 The consumptive had a fair daughter who was impressed by the doctor. She revealed to him the formula. Her father had planted acres with the witch hazel, had built a distillery by which to extract the sap of the bush during the month of February, when it is strongest, just before the flowering season, when all plants are strongest in sap. Hering says if it had not been for consideration of the daughter, he would not have had any time for a man who discovered a healing remedy and guarded its secret for material gain.

 Either everything is chance or all things that happen are governed by laws ; otherwise where would a line be drawn between chance and rule ?

 There are four kinds of motion :

   1. Up and down.

   2. From side to side.

   3. Forward and backward, the motion of the rocking chair,

   4. and the swing.

 The first is the motion of health, liked by babies. The baby jumper is an excellent invention for the nursery.

 The second is not healthy, but not quite as bad as the third, which is most detrimental to women and children, causing all manner of diseases with them. No person can stand a rocking-chair in the long run.

 A fourth motion, that of swinging around in a circle, is the worst of all motions.

 Hering believed (with Swedenborg) that the nerves contain a gaseous substance which circulates from the periphery to the centre through the sensory nerves, and from the centre to the periphery through the motor nerves. In sleep this current is reversed.

 Medicines placed upon the tongue are there changed to a nerve-gas, which is transmitted to diseased parts.

 This would explain the lightning-like cures as mentioned by P. P. Wells and observed by others. Hering wonders if the metals contained in a battery are dissolved, disintegrated and thus pass on through the wires. He remarked, “Now we have only the effects from copper and zinc. Other metals might come into use.”

 The Rev. John Helfrich, a lay practitioner, associated with the Allentown Academy, once contributed a case to the Correspondenzblatt, a cure with Ipecacuanha in which the patient had no symptoms of this particular remedy. Why did he prescribe the Ipecac ? Because a number of other patients with the same sickness, had gotten well under it. He had stumbled upon the law of treatment the genus epidemicus !

 In cities we have not the same opportunity to observe this as in the country.

 “If a wrong is done, either from malice or from ignorance. Nemesis is sure to follow. This would appear to be a law of nature.” Hering believed, with Jean Paul Richter, that all things that happen, happen twice, the duplicator of events. It would seem to be scarcely sufficient to close these reminiscences of Dr. Hering without saying something about the South American Lachesis. I will let that sainted homoeopath and skillful practitioner of other days. Dr. C. W. Boyce of Auburn, New York, do the speaking. Dr. Boyce was an intimate friend of Hering, who made several long visits to Philadelphia, where the two spent days in each others society.

 I quote from an Appreciation of Hering by Boyce, read at the Hering Memorial meeting in 1880 in which are There are laws that govern history as well as laws that govern space, planetary movements. I hold to the belief that history repeats itself and that everything happens in doubles. For example, this morning I had a patient who had a strange symptom not to be found in our Materia Medica. This afternoon there came another with the same strange symptom. The symptom is : He is constantly thinking of his sickness ; cannot get it out of his mind !

 “I was asked the other day whether it was not very provoking, as well as discouraging, to meet with ungrateful patients.

 “Ingratitude we meet with everyday, said !. Our Lord and Master was covered with it. Surely God has more cause to complain of ingratitude than have !.

 “Kepler, the great German gastronomist, was a Protestant He with his family and friends had to leave their possession in Austria on account of religious persecution. He was followed by riders, sent out by the king, who asked him to return. Kepler said : “If I go back my friends will have to return with me !”

 “Kepler was once asked how he could wait so long and so patiently for his theories to be accepted and replied, “The Lord has waited a long time for people to understand the harmony of His creation ! Why should I be impatient ?” contained these remarks. Dr. Hering had named Boyce the man who saved Lachesis. This was after the bombastic and superficial Hempel had declared the remedy “inert, in fact, no remedy at all”

 Boyce says :

 “Often, as I came to Dr. Hering’s house he would exclaim, Here comes the man who saved snake, and how he took the poison and how he had proved it. We were to go to the Academy of Natural Sciences together and see the original snake.

 The name of Dr. Hering is so closely associated with Lachesis, in my mind, that when one is mentioned the other is almost sure to come up with it, and to a great extent, with me, homoeopathy depends upon Lachesis for its glory.

 I had a case of typhoid fever which had continued unchecked for twenty-one days. At this time there seemed no chance for the patient to recover. Hope had been abandoned, when, during the night following the twenty-first day, Lachesis was given every two hours. Next morning, there was a complete change for the better. The tongue was moist, the delirium greatly lessened. From this time on convalescence progressed until health was restored.

 This case was never forgotten, but it was a long time before I saw another such result. It came, however, in a case of gangrene. A woman discovered a small black spot on the calf of her leg, which gave her a great deal of uneasiness, and it rapidly increased in size. When I saw her, she was in bed, and the spot measured three inches in diameter ; it was rapidly increasing in size, and she grew sicker and sicker. Lachesis was given and in a few hours the progress of the disease was checked. In a few days the entire piece of flesh which was affected fell out, leaving a hole reaching to the sheath of the muscles ; but this healed kindly in a short time.

 Again followed a time of professional drudgery, without striking results, when again I was startled. A woman, who was nursing a child, was aroused at midnight by the cry of fire. She had only time to grasp her child and rush out of the house in her night-clothes. It was winter-time, and she went into snow to her knees. She stood about in this undress until the house was consumed before seeking shelter. The result was that she did not get out of bed until the following summer, and then only by the help of Lachesis, which, in nine days, not only took her out of bed, but set her to doing her housework.

 In about another month another great calamity seemed to be impending. My eldest daughter was taken with diphtheria. It went on to the Croupy stage. This was at a time when I had never seen a case recover in which the larynx had become involved. The disease had first shown itself on November 1st, You all know how this disease progresses, and how anxious we all are when we have such cases to treat. This one progressed until the eleventh day, slowly but surely getting worse, when I wrote to Dr. Hering, giving minutely the symptoms and condition, saying that on the thirteenth day, when I knew he would have the letter, I would telegraph the symptoms, if the patient were still alive. This I did, and soon had the reply : “Give Lachesis”.

 In December, 1863, another claim came to me in my immediate family. To give a correct account of this case I must copy it as reported at the time. “A child of twenty-one months, with light hair, blue eyes and tight complexion, took cold on Christmas day During the night of the 26th there was fever and rapid respiration. At 11 A. M. on the 27th, the child had a spasm lasting fifteen minutes. From this time until January 8th, there was continued fever, greatly increased at night, with a pulse of 150. The respiration per minute were seventy on actual count, and at no time less. Generally there was a red spot on one cheek, which frequently changed sides. When one cheek was red the other generally was pale. All of this time the left lung was impervious to air. Auscultation revealed slight bronchial respiration but no vesicular murmur. The right lung was not implicated ; there was constant cough, yet much increased at night. The case had gradually, but surely, got worse, up to January 8th, when the right lung began to be affected. On this day the child became uneasy and restless, throwing itself about in all directions and positions in its efforts to get breath. The face grew dark, there was constant spasmodic cough with labored breathing, the little thing in its agony striking at the mother for control. When it fell asleep for a few seconds at a time the throat became so dry that a condition resembling croup came on, and all the sufferings were increased. This fearful condition was rapidly hurrying the little sufferer to its grave. All the remedies prominent in similar conditions had been given, including Lachesis 200, without result. At this juncture Lachesis 12 (three pellets) was given, dry, on the tongue ; immediately (the pellets had not entirely dissolved on the tongue) the cough stopped and the breathing was relieved, for four hours. At the end of this time the cough gradually returned with all of the sufferings (in a diminished degree) when another dose of Lachesis 12 produced the same decided relief this time lasting for sixteen hours. Four doses in twelve hours so changed the condition that the child slept nearly all of the night, and air passed freely again to all parts of the previously obstructed lung.

 I consulted Dr. Hering on one occasion with reference to a patient in whom I had an especial interest (it being my other and better half), and after making a careful and critical examination, he invited me to his private study to review the case further, and proceeded to make an exhaustive investigation. His manner of study, his thoroughness in analyzing a case (so in contrast with many whom I have met in the profession possessed with more of assumption than wisdom, who would deign to study a case only as a marked exception) impressed my-mind forcibly as to the necessity of a thorough and accurate knowledge of pathological conditions, symptoms, and remedy, before prescribing. In the course of that investigation, he remarked to me :

 “Let us apply the triangular test, and if we find three important or characteristic symptoms, pointing to one remedy, let me assure you that we can prescribe it with almost unerring certainty. I have tested its application in hundreds of cases, and when clearly defined, it seldom fails to fulfil its mission”.

 As an aid to my investigations, I have kept faithfully in view the illustration of the triangle, the trinity of symptoms, in the selection of a remedy, with the motto inscribed within the boundaries of its lines, and angles, so appropriately expressed : “By this sign we conquer”.

 Friends, it requires the highest order of both physical and moral courage, to risk life calmly in trying to succor others. Witness the heroic act of a man alone in a room, when all the attendants have fled, with a box he has just opened containing the most venomous serpent, the largest of its species, from whose glands after the most mature deliberation, he is about to extract the deadly poison. See the nerve of the man, who, alert as is the snake, seizes it just below the head with a firm grasp, when its folds uncoiled, with reared head and flaming eye, forked tongue and naked fang, it is anxious to strike the intrepid soul, who, at the risk of his life, seeks from its venom the healing balm for earth’s sufferers. Watch him adjust the pointed stick between the opened jaws of the serpent whose bite is certain death, and whose impotent rage secretes the deadly saliva, while he tantalizes it till it can distil no more poison, when into a jar of alcohol he thrusts the monster nor relaxes his grip of steel till life is extinct. The poison, caught till on a watch-glass, is transferred to a mortar and rubbed with sugar of milk, till his purple and bloated face, and swimming brain, suspend his eager operation. He swallows the preparation with measured regularity to produce upon himself the effects of the venom. (asking his wife to note carefully all his symptoms). Observe him toss in his fever, note the loquacious delirium as he flits from subject to subject, note the suffocation, the frantic struggle for breath, while he clutches and tears, from throat and breast, all clothing ; mark his mental condition, the anguish and apprehension, and ask your selves for whom, for what purpose he does this and then answer -is he not a hero ?

 Posterity may keep in mind that a man like Hering, incomparable, eminent, totally unselfish, lived and labored to the last breath of his life to establish a safer and a better system of medicine for which science must forever be beholden to him.

 I will close with a question which possibly few, or none, of us present will be able to answer offhand.

 Hering asks, “Who were the first homoeopaths mentioned in the New Testament ?” The answer is given by St. Paul who in Acts, Chapter 14, verse 15, says, “We are homoeopathic,” the Greek word signifying of like passions ; in German “aehnlich leidende !” of like suffering.

 Hering laughs and says, “That is something the Old Man (meaning Hahnemann, whom he adored) did not know”.