Defence of Hahnemann and His Doctrines: Including an Exposure of Dr. Alex. Wood's "Homoeopathy Unmasked"...

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H. Baillière, 1844 - 102 pages
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Page 41 - It was agony for me to walk always in darkness, with no other light than that which could be derived from books, when I had to heal the sick, and to prescribe, according to such or "such an hypothesis 'concerning diseases, substances which owed their place in the Materia Medica to an arbitrary decision.
Page 81 - Animalcules have been discovered, whose magnitude is such, that a million of them does not exceed the bulk of a grain of sand ; and yet each of these creatures is composed of members as curiously...
Page 41 - ... in the Materia Medica to an arbitrary decision. I could not conscientiously treat the unknown morbid conditions of my suffering brethren by these unknown medicines, which being very active substances, may (unless applied with the most rigorous exactness, which the physician cannot exercise, because their peculiar effects have not yet been examined) so easily occasion death, or produce new affections and chronic maladies, often more difficult to remove than the original disease.
Page 82 - Moreover, these incidental matters entering into the composition of a living body, apparently furnish to the organic agent new powers utterly beyond our comprehension ; which powers the organic agent has been endowed with the ability to control, and direct, in any manner that, from the exigences of the living organized being, may become requisite...
Page 81 - ... body ? And if so, how inconceivably minute must those parts be ! If a globule of their blood bears the same proportion to their whole bulk as a globule of our blood bears to our magnitude, what powers of calculation can give an adequate notion of its minuteness...
Page 81 - ... than any man would willingly allow to pass through his body at once. The chemical action of a grain of water upon four grains of zinc can evolve electricity equal in quantity to that of a powerful thunderstorm (868.
Page 36 - The received method in medicine, of treating diseases by opposite remedies — that is to say, by medicines which are opposed to the effects they produce (contraria contrariis) — is completely false and absurd. I am convinced, on the contrary, that diseases are subdued by agents which produce a similar affection...
Page 30 - Homoeopathy does not aim at the introduction of a new practice into a solitary branch of the medical art, but demands for the field of its sweeping reformation the whole territory of practical medicine, joins issue with the old system on every inch of its possessions, and has to beat it from its fastnesses among the morasses of false experience, of vain hypothesis and theory
Page 68 - Whatever the opponents of this system may put forward against it, I am bound to say, and I am far from being a homoeopathic practitioner, that the cases I saw treated by it in the Vienna hospital were fully as acute and virulent as those...
Page 81 - ... in one-twentieth of a minute than any man would willingly allow to pass through his body at once. The chemical action of a grain of water upon four grains of zinc can evolve electricity equal...

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