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CASES MATERIA MEDICA GENERAL ARTICLES ABSTRACT MISCELLANEOUS Q & A

National Homoeopathic Conference Souvenir, JAN 2002

1.This souvenir issued on the occasion of the above conference organized by the Research Society of India at New Delhi, contains some interesting articles. A detailed article on a comparison of the Centisimal and LM potencies by David Little gives an insight into the manner in which Hahnemann developed the latter potencies. He avers that LM potencies are safer and effective when the potency, succussions and doses are individualized. In his article Dr C S Sandhu argues that psora, sycosis and syphilis are true chronic diseases and so called pathological diseases like cancer, AIDS and TB are but acute exacerbations of these chronic diseases. These true chronic diseases can be treated only by those medicines in the reverse order of symptoms in an orderly way. He discusses a case of 10 year old son of allopathic doctor suffering from colitis and taking only those symptoms which pertained to the sick boy, he selected Sulphur and gave it in 200 potency one dose and later one dose of 1M, which cured the boy completely.

"A similimum is that with which symptoms bear the closest resemblance to those which characterize the Malady (result of active disturbing miasm)......

2. There is a superficial setting in the therapeutic grouping of our remedies and also a deep seated one: the first is a palliative and the second is curative; both are necessary in the treatment of the sick." Based on the above quotation of Dr Allen, Kasim Chimthanawala says that the remedies should be chosen on the basis of presenting totality and the similimum based on basic totality, which was prevalent prior to derangement of health. Epistemology is a recently recognized scientific discipline; its task is to evaluate any piece of knowledge and to honestly delineate its scope and its limitations. Analysing allopathy from this stand point Dr Manu Kothari, who is a regular contributor to NJH points out: "It is time to appreciate the mathematics of maladies and modern medicine. If there are 2600 diseases of which only 26 are curable (as every medical college Dean state in his opening address to the freshers) then 99 out of 100 allopathy is irrelevant- as revealed in Oxford Companion of medicine " it needs to be more generally recognized that most of the (modern) medicine is about relief of, and comfort in, suffering and in the main very little to do with saving life." Dr Kothari therefore says that this superfluousness and dispensability of modern medicine paves the way democratically for alternative systems of health care. What these alternate systems of medicine need, is to keep the cost affordable to common man, resist making cure-all claims; and avoid obfuscating theorizing and conduct reliable controlled trials to separate wheat from chaff. (The last mentioned trials are not possible in Homoeopathy and have failed when you proceed on the premise that we treat individuals who are sick and not on nosological descriptions. Dr Nash said that he has cured influenza in a family of four with four different medicines based on modalities and individualisation). There are other articles on other aspects of homoeopathy and some cases in this issue.

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