Homoeopathy is an exact science. Yet…..
The problem with casetaking is that it requires accurate skills in observation. It requires a human to note and assess the symptoms, a human to make a judgement call on what he or she sees, and on this collection of data a remedy is selected.
I believe that the principle of homoeopathy never fails, only the homoeopath.
On Sunday the 24th of April at 5pm, Manuel and I met with a young mother whose 11 month old daughter had a high fever (40C) which had not resolved under Pulsatilla, Mercurius or Sulphur. These well indicated medicines failed to touch the situation.
The mother of the child has been a patient of Manuels for nearly 30 years since being a little girl herself. The family was opposed to homoeopathy so there was a little pressure on us to get it right.
So the symptoms were that the child had burning heat with no perspiration. The heat was centred on the chest and the temples. Huge thirst with the fever. There was a mild cough with some mucus.
The child was sleepless but extremely sleepy, restless and would only sleep when totally tired. She would wake into an aggravation and then go back to sleep again. Her hands were cold.
Manuel and I independently came to Phos. I was not happy with that prescription. So I sat back and observed.
The child was placed on the table at one point and began to cry. I felt the table and being a glass surface, was quite cold. I placed a cold object on the childs arm a little later and again the child began to cry.
I also noted that when the mother or grandmother picked up the child or moved its arms, the face registered discomfort as if the bones or muscles were sore.
What to do?
Well, I decided to trust my observations. So I repertorised on the following symptoms.
I knew that Rhus Tox had bone and muscle soreness, so I kept that in mind.
Was I confident in the prescription? Not 100%… I read quickly through all the remedies in the 5 choices and concluded that if my observations were correct, then Rhus Tox was the closest in symptoms.
At about 8 pm that evening, the mother contacted Manuel to say that the fever had gone down and the child was happier in herself.
The day after, (Today) all symptoms had gone except for a little mucous and cough but that was getting better also.
The unprejudiced observer -takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician.
It takes a lot of faith to trust in observation above clinical knowledge and the chatter of other peoples opinions. It takes a while for a clinician to accept that the organism via PATHOLOGY in the expression of a disease, will sometimes fly in the face of a known symptom that is opposite to what is known about the disease.
I believe that this observation is the true understanding of 153.
§ 153 Fifth Edition
In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.