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LECTURE 1 : Organon § 1. "The sick" - LECTURES ON HOMOEOPATHIC PHILOSOPHY - By J. T. KENT - Présenté par le Dr Robert Sérorhttp://www.homeoint.org/books3/kentlect/lect01.htm[1/3/2012 1:05:24 PM]
James Tyler KENT, A.M., M.D.Presented by Dr Robert Séror
LECTURE 1 : Organon § 1. "The sick"
Dr Samuel HAHNEMANN (1755-1843)
Homoeopathy asserts that there are
which govern the practice ofmedicine.It may be said that, up till the time ofHahnemann, no principles of medicinewere recognized, and even at this day in the writings and actions of the OldSchool there is a complete acknowledgment that no principles exist.The Old School declares that the practice of medicine depends entirely uponexperience, upon what can be found out by giving medicines to the sick.Their shifting methods and theories, and rapid discoveries and abandonment ofthe same, fully attest the sincerity of their acknowledgments and declarations.Homoeopathy leaves Allopathy at this point, and so in this manner the greatdivision 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 eitherdeny or have no knowledge of the real nature of man, what he is, where he camefrom, what his quality is in sickness or in health.They say nothing about the man except in connection with his tissues ; theycharacterize the changes in the tissues as the disease and all there is of thedisease, its beginning and its end. In effect they proclaim disease to be
LECTURE 1 : Organon § 1. "The sick" - LECTURES ON HOMOEOPATHIC PHILOSOPHY - By J. T. KENT - Présenté par le Dr Robert Sérorhttp://www.homeoint.org/books3/kentlect/lect01.htm[1/3/2012 1:05:24 PM]
something that exists without a cause.They accept nothing but what can be felt with the fingers and seen with the eyesor otherwise observed through the sense, aided by improved instruments.The finger is aided by the microscope to an elongated point, and themicroscopic pathological results of disease are noted and considered to be thebeginning and the ending,
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 provesthat 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 endand 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 weknow.The first paragraph of the
will be understood by an inexperiencedobserver to mean one thing and by a true and experienced homoeopath to meananother.Organon § 1."The physician's high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cureas it is termed."No controversy will arise from a superficial reading of this statement, and until.Hahnemann'shidden meaning of the word "sick" is fully brought to view, thephysician of any school will assent.The idea that one person will entertain as to the meaning of the word "sick" willbe different at times from that which another will entertain.So long as it remains a matter of opinion, there will be differences of opiniontherefore, the homeopath must abandon the mere expressions of opinion.Allopathy rests on individual opinion and allopaths say that the science ofmedicine is based on the consensus of opinion, but that is an unworthy andunstable foundation for the science of curing the sick.It will never be possible to establish a rational system of therapeutics until wereason from facts as they axe and not as they sometimes appear.Facts as they appear are ex pressed in the opinions of men, but facts as theyare, are facts and truths from which doctrines are evolved and formulated whichwill interpret or unlock the kingdoms of nature in the realm of sickness orhealth.
LECTURE 1 : Organon § 1. "The sick" - LECTURES ON HOMOEOPATHIC PHILOSOPHY - By J. T. KENT - Présenté par le Dr Robert Sérorhttp://www.homeoint.org/books3/kentlect/lect01.htm[1/3/2012 1:05:24 PM]
Therefore, beware of the opinion of men in science.Hahnemannhas given us principles which we can study and advance upon.It is law that governs the world and not matters of opinion or hypotheses.We must begin by having a respect for law, for we have no starting point unlesswe base our propositions on law.So long as we recognize men's statements we are in a state of change, for menand hypotheses change.Let us acknowledge the authority.The true homoeopath, when he speaks of
the sick ,
knows who it is that is sick,whereas the allopath does not know.The latter thinks that the house which the man lives in, which is being torndown, expresses all there is of sickness; in other words, that the tissue changes(which are only the
of disease, are all that there is of the sick man.The homoeopath observes wonderful changes resulting from potentizedmedicine and being compelled to reflect he sees that crude drugs cannot healthe
and that what changes they do effect are not real but only apparent.Modern physiology has no vital doctrine in its teaching, and therefore no basisto work upon,The doctrine of the vital force is not admitted by the teachers of physiology and,therefore, the homoeopath sees that true physiology is not yet taught, forwithout the vital force without simple substance, without the internal as well asthe external, there can be no
and no relation between cause and effect.Now what is meant by "the sick?"It is a man that is sick and to be restored to health, not his body, not the tissues.You
will find many people who will say, "I am sick."They will enumerate pages of symptoms, pages of suffering.They look
sick .
But they tell you:"I have been to the most eminent physicians.I have had my chest examined.I have been to the neurologist.I have been to the cardiac specialist and have had my heart examined.The eye specialist has examined my eyes.

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