Homeopathic Materia Medica by Farrington
( )This class class of remedies, as I have already intimated in my introductory lecture, consists of disease products. Many of them have been demonstrated to possess medicinal properties, hence they are useful in the treatment of diseases of the human frame. The field here is certainly an immense one. As yet, we hardly know the commencement of our labors in this direction. I think that the time will come, when the medicines composing this group, will prove themselves to be of immense service in the treatment of chronic disease. Some of the nosodes have been derived from the diseases of animals, others from those of plants.
Great objections have been made to the nosodes as remedies in homeopathic practice. It is well that you should understand the prejudices which you will meet, both among the laity and in the profession. Objection has been made to Psorinum, which you know is obtained from the itch eruption and also to SYPHILINUM, the syphilitic poison, on the ground that they are nasty and filthy. This objection is certainly absurd, because nobody would for one minute entertain the idea of administering these substances in a low potency; and this being the case, no one will maintain that there is anything nasty or disagreeable to one's feelings in administering to a patient Psorinum in the two hundredth attenuation.
Another objection that has been raised against the nosodes, and one which certainly does carry some weight with it, is, that these substances do not cure, but that they interfere with the progress of homeopathy by confusing it with isopathy. So then it is said by prominent physicians within our ranks, if in a case of scrofula, you give Psorinum, your practice is not homeopathic but isopathic. I say that there is here some ground for discussion, and I hope that you will take part in the investigation of this subject. In the meanwhile, we have to fall back on the tribunal before which all prescriptions must go, and that is experience. Homeopathy is not an inductive science, in that it did not arise from a natural process of thought. Hahnemann began by experimenting. We may reason as much as we will, but we must always keep in view the facts of the case. Now, I do not know how far I would like to go into these nosodes. Correctly applied, they are not isopathic remedies. What I call pure isopathy is the practice proposed by Dr. S. Swan, of New York. For example, if a patient is so constituted that he cannot eat strawberries without being made ill thereby, he potentizes the strawberry and administers it to the patient and claims that thus the idiosyncrasy is destroyed. Isopathy rests on the bold assertion that WHAT CAUSES DISEASE, WILL CURE IT WHEN administered in a high potency. The use of the nosodes in homeopathic practice is different, because in this case we start with an experimental fact. We have taken these substances, proved them on the healthy, and have administered them at the bedside. We have found them efficacious, therefore we have the same right to claim them as medicines as we have any molecular substance. We will now proceed with their symptomatology, beginning first with Psorinum.