Organon of Medicine – Samuel Hahnemann
The Organon of Medicine was written by Samuel Hahnemann in 1810.
This book is written in aphoristic style (paragraphs with numbering) but there is continuity and logical sequence of thoughts underlying the sections. The book went through 6 editions in all. Five editions were published during the author’s life. The 6th edition was completed by Dr. Hahnmeann in 1842 but he passed away on July 2nd, 1843 before the 6th edition could be published. The last edition was finally published in 1921 due to the efforts of William Boericke.
Organon’s introduction is a rich source of history of medicine on the 18th Century. Hahnemann gives a detail insight into the way medicine was practiced in his times and the reason why he became so disenchanted with the so-called modern medicine….
Aphorisms 11 to 20 focus on the role of vital force in disease and cure. Hahnemann also stresses that the totality of symptoms is the only way to study the dynamic derangement of the vital force. He also says that the dynamic curative power of medicine cannot be ascertained by reason alone….
In these aphorisms Hahnemann discusses what happens when two similar natural disease meat in the body. He lays down the nature’s law of cure with many examples. He also explains how the similar medicine works in the same manner but is safer and more effective….
In these aphorisms Hahnemann discusses why human body is more susceptible to the action of the similar medicine as compared to the natural disease. In later aphorisms he discusses what happens when two dissimilar diseases meet in the body….
In these aphorisms of the Organon of Medicine, Hahnemann discusses what happens when the dissimilar disease is caused by allopathic medicines, the formation of complex diseases, and what happens when two similar diseases meet in the body….
In these aphorisms, Hahnemann discusses the different modes of applying medicines – antipathy, allopathy and homeopathy. He discusses the pros and cons of each approach, suggesting the superiority of the homeopathic approach….
These aphorisms focus on the primary and secondary action of the drugs. The primary action is the action of the drug on the vital force, whereas the secondary action is the reaction of the vital force to the influence of the drug….
This is the beginning of the practical part of Organon, which starts with Hahnemanns disease classification. His clinical classification was acute (indisposition, acute miasmatic) and chronic (artificial (medicinal), pseudochronic (occupational), chronic miasmatic)….
The first 3 aphorisms deal with the case taking in epidemic diseases and finding the genus epidemicus. After that a discussion starts on the need for homeopathic drug provings on healthy human beings….
A close simillimum is needed for a rapid and gentle cure. In case of a partial similar remedy, the case must be reassessed afresh on each visit and the medicine may change according to the changing symptoms….
The imperfect selection of the medicament, serves to complete the display of the symptoms of the disease, and in this way facilitates the discovery of a second, more accurately suitable, homoeopathic medicine. These aphorisms also stress upon the internal treatment of external maladies….
In the treatment of skin diseases local application of medicines must be avoided as it leads to suppression of the disease. A homeopathic similar remedy must be given for all external local diseases….
In chronic venereal disease also the local treatment should be avoided. A detail history must be noted in all cases to ascertain the past miasmatic infections in all chronic cases….
In treatment of mental and emotional diseases, in acute was an acute non-miasmatic remedy be given, followed by an antipsoric remedy of choice. The need for gentle and humane treatment of psychiatric patients is also discussed….
A discussion about observing the action of the first dose and deciding about the second prescription. Importance of obstacles to cure and maintaining cause of diseases is also stressed. …
These aphorisms lay down the method preparing homeopathic medicines from plant, animal and mineral sources. The preparation of homeopathic medicine in 50 millecimal scale is also given….
More discussion on homeopathy posology, homeopathic aggravation, application of medicines by rubbing and olfaction. This is followed by exploring other alternative treatments like Mesmerism and Massage….