The prescribing picture

The strength of a chain is equal to that of its weakest link, and similarly the value of a person’s life may be equal to that of his weakest vital organ here the particular organ is equal in importance to that of the entire organism.

Even where the tissue state of the entire organism is everywhere equally bad, it may be a life-saving act to relieve the particular organ that first gives way, so. that time may be gained to alter the entire crasis or the quality of the stroma.

Death itself is often at the start in a particular organ, i. e., local, and if the part be saved in, time life may be preserved.In the acute processes the value of a particular organ strikes one often very forcibly, there may be no need of any constitutional treatment ; the one suffering part may be the whole case. And in many chronic cases certain organs claim, and must have, special attention.

james-compton-burnett-1840-1901The words above are from one of the most famous British homoeopaths James Compton Burnett. They are the words of a truly gifted physician with a remarkable career and reputation for curing impossible cases. I undertook to study his writings, many I might add as he was a prodigious pensmith, and over several years I learned a lot from his cases and viewpoint.. A lot of people have concluded that Compton Burnett was an organ therapist. Yet in examining his works and cases, I find it hard to fault his logic especially since it came to my attention time and time again in his casework that he prescribed for the patients expression of disease but focusing on the reality that the site or location was a weak or damaged organ causing the problem.

Compton Burnett puts a compelling argument forward that Hahnemann himself said where possible to look for the causation, and keep that in mind as part of the case taking.  He would therefore prescribe for the actual seat of the disease and from there continue to prescribe on the symptoms that were present.

It is beyond the scope of this brief comment to explain how the prescriptions were arrived at, and to this end I would recommend that practitioners read his own explanations for cases online. What I can say is that Compton Burnett ALWAYS looked for the totality of symptoms related to the disease state in hand and as such each patient got an individual prescription for themselves and not for the disease name..

A unique and careful prescriber.

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  1. Pingback: The prescribing picture | The Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine – Natural Medical Remedies

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