What the Homeopath needs to know in order to “take a case”

What the Homeopath needs to know in order to make a successful prescription
By Pr James Tyler Kent
Presented by Médi-T


§ 01 When first writing
§ 02 After the first prescription
§ 03 Mental symptoms
§ 04 Sensations
§ 05 Better or worse
§ 06 Pain
§ 07 Discharges of all kinds
§ 08 Head
§ 09 Ears
§ 10 Eyes
§ 11 Nose
§ 12 Mouth and tongue
§ 13 Teeth
§ 14 Throat
§ 15 Eating and Drinking
§ 16 Nausea, Vomiting, Eructations, etc.
§ 17 The Stomach
§ 18 Abdomen
§ 19 Urine and urination
§ 20 Stool, Diarrhoea, Constipation
§ 21 Anus, Rectum, Piles
§ 22 Lungs and Breathing
§ 23 Heart
§ 24 Cough and Expectoration
§ 25 Joints
§ 26 Muscles
§ 27 Bones
§ 28 Back
§ 29 Wounds and Injuries
§ 30 Bleeding
§ 31 Morbid growths, Tumors, Cancers, etc.
§ 32 Skin Diseases
§ 33 Fever, Chill and Sweat
§ 34 Sleep and Dreams
§ 35 For women only (Mammae; Genitals; Vagina; Ovaries; The Uterus; Menses; Leucorrhoea; Pregnancy; Climacteric)
§ 36 For men only
§ 37 Conclusion

by James Tyler Kent

     We receive many letters from patients asking for medicine for some specified disease by name and not mentioning any symptoms upon which we can base an intelligent prescription.

     The homoeopathic physician has no remedy for the name of a disease.

     Homoeopathy is an exact science. It is based upon a natural law, and the true physician must prescribe in accordance with this law of nature.

     Homoeopathy has no specific for any disease by name, but it has a true specific for each individual case of disease. The opposite happens in Allopathic medicine ,”One pill fits all”…………………………….

     That is, Homoeopathy does not treat fever, or any other disease, in the abstract, but applies medicine to the individual personality in that condition which produces or causes fever.

     To apply the homoeopathic remedy properly that condition of the individual patient must be known by the voice of nature speaking through symptoms.

     Certain symptoms are always present in any given disease ; these point alone to the name of the disease.

     In every given disease there is another class of symptoms peculiar to the individual and differing in some way from those of other cases of the same disease ; these symptoms show the individual characteristics of the patient and point unerringly to the curative homoeopathic remedy.

     When these symptoms peculiar to the individual patient are known the homoeopathic remedy can be selected that will surely cure every curable disease, whether the disease be tumors, morbid growths, cancer or other skin diseases, or any form of chronic or acute disease peculiar to man, woman or child.

     To accomplish this desirable result every case must be individualized, every symptoms from head to feet, must be given, every variation from positive health must be known.

     Whatever is not as it should be is a symptom and must be recorded. This complete picture of the disease cannot always be given in a written communication, and hence, it is best for the physician to see the patient at least once.

     To simply write “I have the headache”, “the backache”, “an eruption”, or “a cough”, would not be a guide in the selection of a homoeopathic remedy. Such statements are too general and do but little good.

     It would be mere guessing to select one of a possible hundred remedies to apply to the statements as above. But when you add to the general statement “I have the headache”, the individual peculiarities, “sharp shooting pains in the left side of the head and temple”, you simplify the selection of a remedy very much.

     When you further add that the pains “always come on when the slightest cold air strikes the head”, the pains are “much less when lying down and covering up the head warmly”, and “much worse when rising up, walking about, or when the head becomes cool”, you then state just what the physician needs to guide him. This is what is called “individualizing the case”.

     While taking the medicine it is necessary to abstain from every other kind of medicine, whether domestic, patent, or from another physician.

     Don’t use camphor, perfumes, liniments, gargles.

     Very often the curative remedy will cause an aggravation at first, or at the first menstrual period, but this is a good indication and should not be interfered with. Let the remedy have its perfect work.

     The following suggestions and questions will aid the patient in giving such a description of his case as the homoeopathic physician must have to prescribe intelligently. These questions and suggestions should be read aver till comprehended fully.

     Don’t guess at the meaning ; there is nothing here suggested, and no question asked, but that is most important.

     Make your reply in full, giving all the particulars.

     State your case simply, in full, with reference only to facts in the case. Do not refer to questions that do not refer to your case. No one case will have need to answer more than a small part of the questions propounded, but every patient must carefully read every line and word and reply to everything that has any bearing on the case in hand.

     The communications of patients will be held in the strictest privacy ; no one will ever learn of your private troubles or symptoms through the agency of your physician. Therefore be perfectly free in your statements.

     While taking medicine there might be a need for change in your dietary habits. Avoid everything you know to be hurtful, or of which you have doubt. Avoid rich, greasy food, spices, cakes, pies, candies, tea, strong coffee,sugars,dairy-


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