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by James Tyler Kent. M.D.
“Homoeopathy asserts that there are principles which govern the practice of medicine.

It may be said that, up till the time of Hahnemann, no principles of medicine were recognized, and even at this day in the writings and actions of the Old School there is a complete acknowledgment that no principles exist.

The Old School declares that the practice of medicine depends entirely upon experience, upon what can be found out by giving medicines to the sick.

Their shifting methods and theories, and rapid discoveries and abandonment of the same, fully attest the sincerity of their acknowledgments and declarations.

Homoeopathy leaves Allopathy at this point, and so in this manner the great division between the two schools is affected.

That there are principles Homoeopathy affirms.

The Old School denies the existence of principles and with apparent reason, looking at the matter from the standpoint of their practice and methods.

They deal only with ultimates, they observe only results of disease, and either deny or have no knowledge of the real nature of man, what he is, where he came from, what his quality is in sickness or in health.

They say nothing about the man except in connection with his tissues ; they characterize the changes in the tissues as the disease and all there is of the disease, its beginning and its end. In effect they proclaim disease to be something that exists without a cause.

They accept nothing but what can be felt with the fingers and seen with the eyes or otherwise observed through the sense, aided by improved instruments.

The finger is aided by the microscope to an elongated point, and the microscopic pathological results of disease are noted and considered to be the beginning and the ending, i.e., results without anything prior to them.

That is a summary of allopathic teaching as to the nature of sickness.

But Homoeopathy perceives that there is something prior to these results.

Every science teaches, and every investigation of a scientific character proves that everything which exists does so because of something prior to it.

Only in this way can we trace cause and effect in a series from beginning to end and back again from the end to the beginning.

By this means we arrive at a state in which we do not assume, but in which we know.

The first paragraph of the Organon will be understood by an inexperienced observer to mean one thing and by a true and experienced homoeopath to mean another.”

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