Annals of the British Homoeopathic Society No. XIII, September, 1863. — Dr. S. Cockburn presents a paper entitled “Is the doctrine of infinitesimals consistent with reason and experience?” He speaks of their origin and tendency, and of the first knows nothing, and states that Hahnemann's greatest success was with the use of large doses, the date of which he erroneously gives as 1795-1804. He argues that infinitesimals are not demanded by the requirements of our organism, because, for the nourishment of the body only a sufficient quantity of food is assimilated [notwithstanding the amount ingested. As to “why they cure and cause aggravations,” he attributes it to the imagination. He says “ they have been tested and found wanting,” and considers they have been “the cause of disunion and obstacle to our progress,” and that, because, “ incomprehensible, impracticable and uncertain,” the doctrine is unscientific; furthermore he says it “is opposed to and subversive of Homoeopathy,” and that the “doctrine involves an absurdity;' All who took part in the discussion that followed the reading of the paper, Drs. Hale, Metcalfe, Drury, Kidd, Wyld, and Russell, differed in toto from the views expressed therein. Our space at present will not admit of our giving even a sketch of their remarks, but the author has assumed, to us, such palpably untenable grounds that any one can understand how readily they could be refuted.
In the Annual Address, the President, Dr. Quin, reviews the proceedings of the society, and gives an interesting resume and criticism of the papers read before it. In the course of his remarks he says, ” It is with wonder, sorrow and astonishment, not unmixed with indignation, that we, who had the honor and advantage of repeated and intimate communications with our great master, and who listened with grateful reverence to the words of wisdom and practical precepts that dropped from his lips, read and hear the terms in which some who give themselves out as his followers, permit themselves to speak of this great and good man, and unblushingly draw upon their imaginations in giving utterance to the most erroneous and fabulous accounts of his opinions and actions, showing an incredible ignorance of the maxims and truths contained in his works, of his conduct throughout his long and honorable career, and an irreverance for the genius, the erudition, and the unwearied industry which enabled him to create and establish the system of medicine by which they gain their livelihood and hope to rise to fame and fortune. One knows not which to admire most, the ingratitude or the presumption of such soidisant disciples of Hahnemann. However, this mode of the young to be presumptuous and to ignore the wisdom and knowledge of their superiors is of all time.“
Another extract in reference to the centesimal and decimal scale we make for the benefit of whom it may concern. Dr. Quin was called in consultation with a gentleman who readily agreed to give a remedy he had not used but demurred at the attenuation, and desired to give a decimal preparation as he had for sometime ceased to employ any other. He proposed the sixth because he considered it much stronger and more active. No wonder at the surprise of Dr. Quin; he had recommended the third centesimal.
More of Hahnemann's letters to Stapf, a lecture on rheumatism at the hospital, by Dr. Russell, wherein he speaks of the dose and alternation of remedies, and a case of ovariotomy successfully treated by Mr. Ayerst, fill up this number of a Tory interesting publication.
We hare said thus much of this work because it has not a general circulation in this country, and we have delayed making any previous mention of it. It is published quarterly, in octavo form of 96 pages.
Monthly Homoeopathic Review, London. In the number for November there is an editorial on the medical session for 1863-4; the treatment of toothache by Dr. Massy; a continuation Mr. Cobb's article on sleeping and dreaming; proceedings of the Northern Homoeopathic Medical Association; and Dispensary Reports. Mr. Wilson replies to an article in the October number of the British Journal, entitled, Mr. David Wilson's Criticism. Dr. Bayes contributes an article on doses, dilutions and alternation of remedies.
The Homoeopathic Observer, Manchester, Eng., for October, contains editorial articles on Surgeon-General Hammond's Order and Medical Education, cases by Dr. Bayes and Rayner and miscellaneous articles.
Notes of a New Truth, London. This periodical is published by the English Homoeopathic Association for circulation among the laity. The November number contains articles on the progress of Homoeopathy, doings in the Bath Homoeopathic hospital, clinical cases, effects of remedies, etc., etc.
The North American Journal of Homoeopathy, New York, for November, has a plea for Physiology, an introductory lecture before the Homoeopathic College at Chicago, by Dr. Ludlam; a continuation of Dr. Lords article on Intermittent Fever; a very imperfect proving of Sticta sylvatica, by Dr. Burdick, with clinical cases where the doctor has used the remedy as though he considered it a universal specific; an interesting article on old and new physic, by Dr. Helmuth; an account of the epidemic of typhus petechialis, by Dr. James; another interesting article on Coffee, by Dr. Hunt; the action of Digitalis on the heart, by Drs. Madden and Hughes, from the July number of the British Journal; the expulsion of Gall-stones by olive oil and Podophyllin, by Dr. Hale; mineral waters as remedial agents, by Dr. Temple. Clinical reports, bibliographical notices and miscellaneous articles fill up the number.
Neue Zeitschrift fur Homoeopathische Klinik, No. 19, October 1st, contains a proving with the essence of Pulsatilla, by Dr. Lembke: on the history of the homoeopathic theory, by Dr. Roth; homoeopathic cures, by Dr. Verwey; Literary reviews and miscellanies. No. 20, October 15th, the question of doses; pathogenesy of Secale; treatment of strabismus; miscellanies, notices, etc.
Allgemeine Hom. Zeitung, Vol. LLVII, No. 14, October 5th, contains, a conclusion of Dr. Bruckner's article on the contrast between the motor and sensitive nervous systems; a continuance of Dr. Bartl's article on typhus fever; continuation of Dr. Hering's review of Kleinert's Quellen Nachweis; continuation of the transactions of the Central Union of Homoeopathic Physicians at Mainz; No. 15, October 12th, contains, articles on the library of the Central Society of Homoeopathic Physicians in Leipzig; clinical record by Dr. Boenninghausen; continuation of Herings review of Kleinert; meeting of the Homoeopathic Physicians of the Rhine and Westphalia at Dortmund, August 27th; the physiological agreement of the characteristic symptoms of a remedy; miscellanies, correspondence, etc. No. 16, October 19th, contains, continuation of Drs. Boenninghausen's and Bartl's articles; cases from practice by Dr. Bojanus; meeting of the Swiss Homoeopathic Physicians in Olton, Sept. 18th; miscellanies. No. 17, October 26th, in this number Drs. Boenninghausen and Bartl continue their articles; Dr. Kirsch reports a case of cataract, and Dr. Hering publishes remarks on Euphrasia. The number is filled with interesting miscellaneous articles.
Bulletin de la Societe Medicale Homoeopathique de France. The September number contains extracts from the proceedings of the society; accouchment in the yellow races; notes on practical medicine, by Dr. Hughes, taken from the British Journal, July, 1863; clinical observations, translated from El Criterio Medico; continuation of Dr. Eidherr's treatment of pneumonia; review of journals, and medical intelligence.
El Criterio Medico, Madrid, No. 20, October 25th, 1863, contains a continuation of the articles on the human organism, and ozone; homoeopathic clinic, miscellanies and obituary notice of Dr. Jose Julian Alvarez Rodiguez.
Mr. Radde, New York, announces a “Homoeopathic Theory and Practice of Medicine,” by Drs. E. E. Marcy and F. W. Hunt, to be published shortly. A new edition of “Hempel's Lectures on Materia Medica” is to be issued by the same publisher.
|Source:||The American Homoeopathic Review Vol. 04 No. 06, 1863, page 286-288|
|Description:||Miscellaneous; Homoeopathic Literature|
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