[ Read before I.H.A., Bureau of Clinical Medicine, July 27, 27, 1939].
T.K. MOORE, M.D.
Observations of those familiar with drug effects on humans. Out of these part truths will eventually come truth itself.
1. It is impossible to learn homoeopathy except from a sickness is the same.
2. Drug are sick making and sick curing and the sickness is the same.
3. The drug that can affect certain life processes adversely can be used to stimulate the self same life processes curatively. That is homoeopathy.
4. Matter processed to finer and finer particles develops finally into energy and dive versa, the physical is but concentrated energy.
5. The highly potentized remedy like processed pitch-blend (radium) continues to radiate energy year after year without perceptible loss. Homoeopathic remedies unused for 20 or 30 years cure as readily as those freshly potentized.
6. Homoeopathy is absolutely inconceivable without the most precise individualization.
7. The outstanding symptom is the key to follow, no matter how remote this symptom may be from the pathology.
8. Symptoms indicating the curative remedy often lie outside those that make up the pathology of the case.
9. Hahnemanns central idea is fundamental that the farther an outstanding symptom seems removed from the ordinary course of disease the greater is that symptoms value in determining the remedy. (Boger).
10. My inclination is to believe that there is real healing in crude drugs and that their action is homoeopathic, but as ordinarily used in continued application they have done more harm their occasional good.
11. The principle of homoeopathy is applicable to any range of potency. (Boger).
12. After a remedy has acted, repeating the remedy too soon is one of the greatest mistakes that can be made. (Boger).
13. After a prescription giving relief, do not give a remedy for any new symptom appearing in a less vital part. (Lippe).
14. In chronic case do not repeat or change a remedy too soon. This statement needs to be repeated a thousand times. (Sloan.).
15. Minutes or hours in acute, days, weeks or months in chronic. Never repeat while amelioration holds. (Tyler).
16. Ultimates do not indicated the remedy. In cancer the sharp pains, ulceration and anaemia are ultimates. Preceding symptoms must be found and on these the remedy selected.
17. Moving downward does not indicated progression but diminution of a disease. (Lippe).
18. Do not dip into the chronic state when dealing with an acute condition and vice verse. (Roberts).
19. Do not commence treatment of any chronic disease during an acute exacerbation. Prescribe for the acute symptoms.
20. In treating a chronic case, if an acute condition appear, unless it becomes dangerous or throws upon the screen some individualistic indication, it should generally not be interfered with.
21. If an acute disease appears on top of a chronic, you must let the remedy work its way out. (Boger.).
22. I always use a lower potency for acute conditions, the 2c. if I have been using the 1M. or 9M. (Roberts).
23. Why prescribe for a part of a patient when you have the whole patient with you? The patient was sick before the glands were. (Hayes).
24. There is not better evidence of the good action of a remedy than mental improvement. (Kent).
25. The constitutional remedy is found by a series of symptoms absolutely new to that patient. (Boger).
26. Prescribe for the last symptom to open the case. Follow with related remedy if any.
27. In any complicated chronic case, the recent symptoms are the deciding ones. Cure your case in layers, the last layer first. (Woodbury).
28. If the general state be ameliorated, whatever the state of local symptoms, await the action of the remedy. (Jahr).
29. In acute cases one must have a remedy of the highest rating in the outstanding symptom or symptoms. (Dixon).
30. In acute conditions it is often advisable to yield to the food cravings but in chronics they must not be indulged. (G. Miller).
31. Vegetable diet will increase susceptibility to our remedies. (Boger).
32. When a remedy is indicated in a different type from its characteristic type, i.e. the type of its best prover and those most easily relieved or cured by it, often it is a double indication. Sepia in a man, Pulsatilla in a Nux type (its opposite). (Roberts).
33. Keep on a symptom. Dont follow a remedy. (Roberts).
34. It is my experience that Puls. symptoms occur and are relieved by Puls. as often in the Nux type of patient as in any other. Also that Nux is almost as often indicated in Puls. type as in Nux. (Freeman).
35. The best provers of Nux are dark wiry men; of Puls. stout fair young women with pale skin and blue eyes. (Roberts).
36. We all know that proving in a remedy is evidence that it is not the similimum. (Boger). Apparent exception. Diphtheria epidemic. Those given Bell. in the morning had at 4 p.m.a violent fever, headache and drowsiness ending by 6 or 7 in a sweat. All went on to recovery save when Acon. was given for these symptoms.
37. Let us apply the triangular test. If we find three important characteristic symptoms pointing to one remedy, let me assure you that we can apply it with almost unerring certainty. I have tested its application in hundred of cases.
38. In cure, the original discharge may not come back at the original place but from some other mucous membrane. (G. Miller).
39. If chronic cutaneous eruptions disappear at last of themselves, dropsy or hectic fever is to be apprehended.
40. Evil consequences of artificial suppression of chronic cutaneous eruptions are proportionate to the extent, intensity and duration of those eruptions, to the rapidity of their suppression and to the state of internal health.
41. It is dangerous to stop the diarrhoea of advanced phthisis, even by the indicated remedy. (G.Miller).
42. The bond between two miasms can be broken only by a prescription that will meet the totality of the more active one. (J.H.Allen).
43. All infectious disease which form local affections on the skin are internal diseases, the last result of which is the local cutaneous manifestation.
44. All maladies which show skin eruptions are always present internally before showing local symptoms externally. Hahnemanns Chronic Diseases).
45. Local diseases do not exist. What have been called so are localized morbid affections. (P. Schmidt).
46. A new remedy should sustain a complementary relation to a former one, i.e., Caust. and Phos. do not like to work after each other. Calc. is the natural chronic to Bell. and Thus: Natrum mur. of Ign. and Apis and Sil. of Puls. Apis will not do well after Rhus.
47. The complementary remedy is always determined by the symptoms that arise. (Kent).
48. Dont leave your intercurrent too soon. It may be the curative remedy. (Gladwin).
49. To prescribe for an aggravation is to fix the chronic condition on the patient. (Roberts).
50. The initial aggravation may occur in chronics during the first eight or ten days.
51. Look for a clear picture of the chronic following recovery from an acute condition. (Roberts).
52. Ultimately the constitutional peculiarity is bound to reveal itself in a form pointing to its remedial counterpart. Nature calls for relief in her own language which it behooves us to learn. Probably it is contained in the symptom picture but many times we are forced to look for it elsewhere. (Boger).
53. If a remedy (Sil.) has the acute toxic symptoms and not the constitutional ones, it will subdue the acute symptoms without doing any damage. But if the patient had weekly headaches coming up the back of the head, offensive footsweats, sensitive to cold, etc., even before the acute trouble, it would be most dangerous remedy. (G. Miller).
54. No other symptom is so pathognomonic of psora as pruritis (J.H.Allen).
55. Many things can interfere with the action of homoeopathic drugs. First of all these must be sought out and removed before even thinking of applying remedies.
56. A clear field is necessary. All continuing causes must first be removed.
57. If the symptoms for which a remedy is given are removed and a new symptom appear, withhold the hand if you wish the case to go on to recovery. (Lippe).
58. It is doubtful if there be any antidote to a high potency except the specific dynamic drug antidote.
59. The prodromal symptoms have the key to the homoeopathic remedy. (Boger).
60. We have no long acting drugs. The action is immediate. Continued favorable condition depends on the quality of the vital force and its harmonious action. (Roberts).
61. Pregnancy will often bring out an old latent malaria. It may not come until after delivery. (roberts).
62. Regular medicine is remiss in not following through effects of medicines or of diseases continuing after suppressive or other disruption of harmonious action of vital energy.
63. To hypersensitive patients use low or medium potencies, at first anyhow. (Close).
64. In bad hearts, high potency may give a bad reaction. It may be necessary to use the tincture. (Grimmer).
65. I have better results from the millionth potency than I have from any other. (Boger).
66. Crude drug effects are antidoted by the same drug potentized.
67. Crude substances that act as irritants are best antidoted by the same or similar substances at higher vibratory rate, i.e., high potency, as in radium burns, rhus tox. or primrose poisoning.
68. The potency must be changed is a given remedy is to be repeated. (Lippe).
69. Boenninghausen usually repeated the 200th daily for two weeks.
70. In acute case Dr. Erastus Case usually gave four doses of the 2C. and waited. (Sloan).
71. A rare remedy in a rubric is often the one.
72. When a nosode comes out in repertorizing, use it with care. It invariably proves to be the similimum. (Hubbard).
73. In luetic invalids, where remedies act but a few days and must be changed, it always calls for a nosode.
74. A well person taking a dose for proving, with the exception of few sudden action substances (Glon., Camph., etc.) will not feel any disturbance before the third day. (Roberts). (How like the inoculation period of contagious disease or the application of radium to a surface lesion!).
75. In proving with potencies the latest symptom shave the greatest value in prescribing. (Boger).
76. Repeat the dose until an effect is produced, better or worse, then stop. (CAse).
77. Always it is the positive symptoms at the moment that demand a certain remedy. Negative symptoms must not be allowed to call us off. (Tyler).
78. It is the positive symptoms that decide the remedy. Negative symptoms are no use. (Clarke).
79. Absence of any group of symptoms any or may not contraindicate a remedy, depending on the degree. (Roberts).
80. Make no mistake, in homoeopathy one is dealing with energy, real and powerful. As radium emanations hold power for good or harm, so with potentized remedies. Unless used with the technique of homoeopathic procedure, with law, good results are not to be expected.
81. The similimum (curative remedy) releases reactive power strong enough to re-establish harmony, which in turn is capable of sweeping away almost any morbid condition. (Boger).
82. I believe that in homoeopathy we are on the edge of something great belonging not to this generation of mankind but to future ages. (Patrick).
DR. GRIMMER: Dr. Moore has gathered together a great array of homoeopathic epigrams that it will do well for us all to restudy.
He quoted me, but he didnt quote me quite completely. I want to be put right there. I said, “In incurable cases of heart disease I often prefer the tincture or a low drug”.
DR. STEVENS: The speaker quoted DR. Case as usually giving four doses in acute case. I think that was his earlier practice, because I remember in one of his writings he spoke of doing that in the earlier part of his practice, but later he used a single dose of the high potency. I am quoting from Dr. Cases own book.
DR. DIXON: I am glad that was brought out about Dr. Case and his four doses. Moore has quoted that to me 100 times, and perhaps one thousand times, because I only give one dose. And he says it reproachfully to me and quotes Case so much.
My contention is that if you have your remedy, one dose is all that you need; certainly, at that time. I am thankful that was brought out, and I hope you will get the later editions.
I wish Dr. Hayes would get up and reminisence a little about Dr. Case. We would all love to hear it, and there is the fellow who is filling his shoes nowadays.
DR. HAYES: I was very much interested in one point quoted by DR. Moore from J.H. Allen. He said it was impossible to break the bond of two miasms without prescribing for the miasms that was most active at the time. The question comes, how are we going to determine which is most active? I think there is a way to do that that needs observation-probably others have observed the same thing-and it is this: When new symptoms appear which are very characteristic, of course after the action of the previous remedy is thoroughly exhausted, then new characteristics appear. While many of the others may still be going on, there is the appearance of the new miasm, and the chance for your new remedy.
DR. BELLOKOSSY: As to the repetition of the remedy, one dose is given in chronic cases and in acute case when there is very little fever, but whenever you have high fever, a violent, acute disease, you must repeat. You give one dose and you dont see any effect; you give a second dose and you still don;t see the effect; and you give the third dose or the fourth dose and you have an effect at once. But that is only in very acute cases.
For instance, where you have typhoid fever, paratyphoid, or any food poisoning, where there is high fever, and you are absolutely sure of your remedy, you wont vanquish the disease with one alone.
If you give several doses in chronic cases, it is always so that the second and third doses are entirely unnecessary; the first dose is complete enough.
DR. SHERWOOD: I am sorry to disagree, but I have seen one single dose relieve the pain of renal stones. I have seen Colocynthis in one single dose cure an acute abdominal pain.
DR. BELLOKOSSY: I said when there is high fever. For pain, you will always give one dose and not two, but when you have high fever then you may not vanquish your disease with one dose alone.
DR. SHERWOOD: You try it some time when you have a good case of tonsillitis and you may be surprised.
DR. DIXON: I dont like to get into any discussion, but I would say if I had a high fever and required a second dose, my first prescription was not right. I have yet to see the similimum require a second dose, I dont care how acute the condition is.
DR. BELLOKOSSY: I cant agree on that. If there are such cases, you think of some cases while I think of other cases.
DR. MOORE: Whether you have tonsillitis, diphtheria, osteomyelitis of a chronic type, or anything, if the remedy is the similimum, or approaches it, there has to be relief from the first dose.
DR. FARRINGTON: If we got started on this matter of repetition, we would talk for the rest of the week.
It is a rule, however, among homoeopaths and allopaths alike that they give too much medicine. It is like the man described in the Scripture of old, he thinks he will be heard by much praying. So when you have the similimum, as a rule one dose will be sufficient.
I hope, before DR. Moore hands in his paper, he will make an index of it.