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Organon by Hahnemann, aphorisms 146 - 151
"THIRD POINT: the best use of the remedies"

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Organon aphorism §146

THE THIRD POINT of the business of a true physician relates to the JUDICIOUS EMPLOYMENT of the artificial morbific agents (MEDICINES) that have been proved on healthy individuals to ascertain their pure action, IN ORDER TO EFFECT THE HOMEOPATHIC CURE OF NATURAL DISEASES.

Organon aphorism §147

Whichever of these medicines that have been investigated as to their power of altering man's health we find to contain in the symptoms observed from its use the greatest similarity to the totality of the symptoms of a given natural disease, this medicine will and must be the most suitable, the most certain homeopathic remedy for the disease; in it is found the specific remedy of this case of disease.

Organon aphorism §148

The natural disease is never to be considered as a noxious material situated somewhere within the interior or exterior of man (§ 11-13) but as one produced by an inimical spirit-like (conceptual) agency which, like a kind of infection (note to (§11)) disturbs in its instinctive existence of the spirit-like (conceptual) principle of life within the organism torturing it as an evil spirit and compelling it to produce certain ailments and disorders in the regular course of its life. These are known as symptoms (disease)". If, now, the influence of this inimical agency that not only caused but strives to continue this disorder, be taken away as is done when the physician administers an artificial potency, capable of altering the life principle in the most similar manner (a homeopathic medicine) which exceeds in energy even in the smallest dose the similar natural disease (§33),(§279), then the influence of the original noxious morbid agent on the life principle is lost during the action of this stronger similar artificial disease. Thence the evil no longer exists for the life principle—it is destroyed. If, as has been said, the selected homeopathic remedy is administered properly, then the acute natural disease which is to be overruled if recently developed, will disappear unperceptibly in a few hours. An older, more chronic disease will yield somewhat later together with all traces of discomfort, by the use of several doses of the same more highly potentized remedy or after careful selection (108) of one or another more similar homeopathic medicine. Health, recovery, follow in imperceptible, often rapid transitions. The life principle is freed again and capable of resuming the life of the organism in health as before and strength returns.

Organon aphorism §149

Diseases of long standing (and especially such as are of a complicated character) require for their cure a proportionately longer time. More especially do the chroniq medicinal dyscrasia so often produced by allopathic bungling along with the natural disease left uncured by it, require a much longer time for their recovery; often, indeed, are they incurable, in consequence of the shameful robbery of the patient's strength and juices (venesections, purgatives, etc.), on account of long continued use of large doses of violently acting remedies given on the basis of empty, false theories for alleged usefulness in cases of disease appearing similar, also in prescribing unsuitable mineral baths, etc., the principal feat performed by allopathy in its so-called methods of treatment.

Organon aphorism §150

If a patient complain of one or more trivial symptoms, that have been only observed a short time previously, the physician should not regard this as a fully developed disease that requires serious medical aid. A slight alteration in the diet and regimen will usually suffice to dispel such an indisposition.

Organon aphorism §151

But if the patient complain of a few violent sufferings, the physician will usually find, on investigation, several other symptoms besides, although of a slighter character, which furnish a complete picture of the disease.

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Organon notes and explanatory remarks

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[108] But this laborious, sometimes very laborious, search for and selection of the homeopathic remedy most suitable in every respect to each morbid state, is an operation which, notwithstanding all the admirable books for facilitating it, still demands the study of the original sources themselves, and at the same time a great amount of circumspection and serious deliberation, which have their best reward in the consciousness of having faithfully discharged our duty. How could his laborious, care-demanding task, by which alone the best way of curing diseases is rendered possible, please the gentlemen of the new mongrel sect, who assume the honorable name of homceopathists, and even seem to employ medicines in form and appearance homeopathic, but determined upon by them anyhow (QUIDQUID IN BUCCAM VENIT), and who, when the unsuitable remedy does not immediately give relief, in place of laying the blame on their unpardonable ignorance and laxity in performing the most important and serious of all human affairs, ascribe it to homeopathy, which they accuse of great imperfection (if the truth be told, its imperfection consists in this, that the most suitable homeopathic remedy for each morbid condition does not spontaneously fly into their mouths like roasted pigeons, without any trouble on their own part). They know, however, from frequent practice, how to make up for the inefficiency of the scarcely half homeopathic remedy by the employment of allopathic means, that come much more handy to them, among which one or more dozens of leeches applied to the affected part, or little harmless venesections to the extent of eight ounces, and so forth, play an important part; and should the patient, in spite of all this, recover, they extol their venesections, leeches, etc., alleging that, had it not been for these, the patient would not have been pulled through, and they give us to understand, in no doubtful language, that these operations, derived without much exercise of genius from the pernicious routine of the old school, in reality contributed the best share towards the cure. But if the patient die under the treatment, as not unfrequently happens, they seek to console the friends by saying that "they themselves were witnesses that everything conceivable had been done for the lamented deceased." Who would do this frivolous and pernicious tribe the honor to call them, after the name of the very laborious but salutary art, HOMEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS? May the just recompense await them, that, when taken ill, they may be treated in the same manner!

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