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Homoeopathy is on the verge of collapse. The real cause of this all and decline of Homoeopathy lies in the Homoeopathic Practitioners of the present time. They are mostly ease-loving fellows and show no keen desire to read the Homoeopathic literature with the eagerness of Doctors Kent, Farrington, Nash, Lippe, Mazumdar, Sarkar, or Kali. This entire lack of desire to read thoroughly the vast literature of Homoeopathy has thrown most of the authoritative works on this subject out of print.
Had there been any great demand for those moist valuable books on Homoeopathy these could not remain out of print for such a long time. Herings Guiding Symptoms Allens Encyclopedia and Hand Book of Materia Medica are most useful books on Homoeopathy and one cannot become a good Homoeopath without reading these masterpieces of Homoeopathic literature. The Homoeopathic publishers hesitate to reprint these classics of Hahnemannian art of healing because there is no demand for them.
Homoeopaths of to-day want only cheap and small guides, they want money and not real cures. Doctors Mazumdar, Sarkar and Kali created an excellent field of Homoeopathy in India but their unworthy followers are trying to bring Homoeopathy into disease and ruin. Complaints have been heard from many quarters that good skilful, and honest Homoeopaths are not available in these days.
Public opinion is a solid foundation and if this foundation of Homoeopathy is damaged by any means the future of Homoeopathic literature requires a constant and faithful study for its successful application. It requires the mind of a yogi who sits in meditation and is unaware of his surroundings. Total application of mind is absolutely necessary for the study of Homoeopathic literature. Every homoeopath must read his books with untiring zeal and devotion. Dr. Clarke says:–
“Indeed I think that the test of a genuine homoeopath might not unfairly be said to lie in his capacity to read through a schema with both profit and enjoyment — because of the possibilities it reveals of dealing with cases occurring every day in practice. Again and again in the course of my work I have come across symptoms in the schemas of remedies reminding me of cases in the past which I might have cured had I but known the remedies then.
And many a time a case has turned up in my practice calling for a particular remedy at the very time I have been working upon it, and a cure has resulted, when, but for my study of the schema, I might more than likely have failed to find what was wanted. And when we consider that the Materia Medica is the very RAISON DETRE of the homoeopathist and that in it he must live and move and have his being it is not too much to expect of him that he shall at least give as much mind to its cultivation as is required for maintaining high proficiency, say, in billiards, or in golf”.