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C. Schribner, 1851 - 146 pages
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Page 16 - ... to say, the totality or mass of symptoms by which the disease points out the remedy it stands in need of; every internal cause that could be attributed to it, every occult character that man might be tempted to bestow, are nothing more than so many idle dreams and vain imaginings. 2d. That state of the organism which we call disease, cannot be converted into health but by the aid of another affection of the organism, excited by means of medicines. The experiments made upon healthy individuals...
Page 17 - The third method, the only one to which we can still have recourse (the homoeOpathic), which employs against the totality of the symptoms of a natural disease, a medicine that is capable of exciting in healthy persons symptoms that closely resemble those of the disease itself, is the only one that is really salutary, and which always annihilates disease, or the purely dynamic aberrations of the vital powers, in an easy, prompt, and perfect manner. In this respect, nature herself furnishes the example...
Page 55 - ... to the dignity and certainty of natural law, and therefore to be used as a point of comparison with Homoeopathic principles. Dr. Hooker makes one affirmation, which, he says, is so obvious that he need not dwell upon it. To me it is so obscure, that I dwell upon it in vain, to elicit any meaning. " If similia similibus curantur be the sole law of cure, then a remedy should never produce in the sick, effects similar to those which it produces in the healthy.
Page 14 - 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 21 - ... th) part of a grain, puts our powers of comprehension on the rack, and leaves us in a chaos of undefined entities or non-entities, we know not which. We fancy that we grasp the reality, and then it instantly vanishes as a phantom, even beyond the sphere of imagination itself. Having got so far, the additional subdivisions, or attenuations, scarcely add to our difficulties. The mind, in any such case, is occupied by a word more than a thing, — and whether the word be a millionth, billionth,...
Page 28 - Added to this, the homoeopathic medicines acquire at each division or dilution a new degree of power by the rubbing or shaking they undergo, a means of developing the inherent virtues of medicines that was unknown till my time ; and which is so energetic, that latterly I have been forced by experience to reduce the number of shakes to two, of which I formerly prescribed ten. to each dilution.
Page iv - THE Trustees of the Fiske Fund, at the annual meeting of the Rhode Island Medical Society, held at Providence, June 5, 1813, announced that they had awarded a premium of two hundred dollars to an essay on " Etiology, Pathology and Treatment of Phlebitis," bearing the motto:
Page 45 - Sadness and dejection; melancholy, with doubts about his soul's we/fare ; great inclination to weep, frequently alternating with laughing ; inconsolableness, and reproaches of conscience about every action ; attacks of anxiety in the evening ; nocturnal fear of spectres ; fearfulness, and liability to be frightened; restlessness and hastiness ; caprice, moroseness, and ill humor; irritability and fretfulness; disinclination to labor.
Page 14 - ... is completely false and absurd. I am convinced, on the contrary, that diseases are subdued by agents which produce a similar affection, (similia similibus) : — burns, by the heat of a fire to which the parts are exposed ; the frost-bite, by snow or icy cold water ; and inflammation and contusions, by spirituous applications.
Page 112 - For any man with half an eye What stands before him can espy; But optics sharp it needs, I ween, To see what is not to be seen.

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