Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available
It has become clear to me that so many people relate to homoeopathy based on explanations of others, who base themselves on explanations of others, who base themselves on explanations of others, and through each stage the nature, method and objectives of homoeopathy have become buried in the mists of time, re-telling and distortion.
The basic text informing us about homoeopathy isn’t that of Mr. Arnica of 1925, Ms. Phosphorous of 1876, Ms. Platina of 1969 or even the works of Sankaran and Scholten today.
The basic text describing the nature and method of homoeopathic prescribing is the Organon of Medicine, written by Samuel Hahnemann and published in 1810. All the rest ranges from fairly accurate (on rare occasions) to highly imaginative (sadly more common).
Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine is not a bible. It is not a religious text. My insistence on reading and adhering to the principles for homeopathic case-taking and prescribing set down in the Organon is simply this: If we do not follow the scientific method laid down by those who developed the experiment, we cannot expect to replicate it.
Hahnemann is difficult to read, but once you get into it, you begin to get a sense of the highly talented, knowledgeable, experienced (and extremely irascible) physician he was. He was infuriated by the practice of medicine in his time, and frequently rants in the footnotes of the texts. His infuriation came from his knowledge that humanity was being harmed by false, often ego-based medical practices, and his inability to put up with that suffering in silence, especially based as it was on a dangerous mixture of pomposity and ignorance. Have things changed? Or is it a case of “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” (or in modern French – different day, same sh–….
I believe that anyone who professes an interest should at least read the first 70 or so aphorisms of the Organon, and open-mindedly follow Hahnemann’s logic step by step as he reaches his conclusions.
In order to make this more available, I will be including work on the Organon within this blog, for those who are interested. Look out for the Organon category if you think you have missed any posts along the way. I’ll be starting at the beginning.
The Organon is available online for download, look out for Boericke’s translation of the 6th edition.