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WITH IMPROVEMENTS AND ADDITIONS FROM THE LAST GERMAN EDITION,
DR. C. HERING'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.
PUBLISHED BY WM. RADDE, 550 PEARL-STREET;
PHILADELPHIA : F. E. BERICKE, 635 ARCH-STREET ;
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
WILLIAM RADDE, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District
HENRY LUDWIG, Printer and Stereotyper,
FOR THE FOURTH AMERICAN EDITION OF HAHNEMANN'S ORGANON.
It is now twenty-three years since the first edition of the ORGANON OF MEDICINE appeared in this country. Since that period, the number of homæopathic physicians in the United States has more than doubled every four years. This increase has been gradual, sometimes more, and at others less rapid, but always without interruption; and at no time, neither in this country nor in Europe, has there been any retrogression from the ground gained. However, there have never been wanting those who asserted that homeopathy was on the decline, and indeed was dead; which reminds us of the old adage, that when a man is said to be dead, he has usually the promise of a long life. Other opponents have entertained great hopes, when they have learned that the adherents of our school are divided into different parties. This is like the friends of royalty in Europe, predicting the downfall of republican institutions in this country, because there are here various political parties. Among so large a number of physicians, it is quite natural that different opinions should be entertained and promulgated, and even that partizan conflicts should arise. But against the stubborn adherents of the old-school doctrines, these various parties stand united as the varied wings of one common army.
All homeopathic physicians are united under the banner of the great law of cure, similia similibus curantur, however they may differ in regard to the theoretical explanation of that law, or the extent to which it may be applied. All homeopathic physicians also acknowledge that provings upon the healthy are indispensable in ascertaining the unknown curative powers of drugs. And, finally, all homøopaths concur in giving but one medicine at a time, never mixing different drugs together, under the absurd expectation that each will act according to their dictum. This is the glorious tri-color of our school, which will make the circuit of the world and in these we are as the heart of one man.