Different ways of finding the remedy
In Homoeopathy, the Remedy is the thing. Potencies, administration, the questions that divide us, are matters of personal experience.
Brilliant work has been done by people by widely different ranges of potencies and administration, provided that they had found the remedy. Without that the magic refuses to work.
We are here to consider Different Ways OF Finding The Remedy, because the essential thing, for a homoeopathic prescription (and on this we are all agreed) is A Like Remedy For A Like Abnormal Condition. But in order to get the "like" remedy, one must get accurately the disease picture that has to be matched. And perhaps the most difficult thing of all is taking the case.
Somebody said the other day, if the case is well taken, any fool can find the remedy.
Certainly, if the case is not well taken, it is impossible to find it.
Pathological case taking will not help. Symptoms that go to make up the diagnosis, we must have but they will seldom lead to the curative drug.
This may point to a group of remedies, useful in such a disease. They will not pick out the One Remedy demanded by the symptoms of This patient.
Dr. Drysdale laid it down that "The greater the value of a symptom for diagnoses, the less its value in the selection of the remedy."
That does not mean that we must not or need not diagnose! We must! - if only to discount symptoms common to the disease, and not peculiar to this patient with the disease; or symptoms dependent on disease ultimates, mechanical perhaps, and not expressive of the patient. Also for prognosis, and for information as to what range of potencies it is wise to employ.
Again in sheer self-defense. Failure to diagnose may wreck the physician, while "Diagnosis, without the remedy, is poor consolation for the patient. These ought ye to have done and not to have left the other undone."
As a matter of fact, homoeopathic case taking is merely a big addition to ordinary case taking, it never supersedes it. Just as homoeopathic materia medica is a huge addition to the materia medica of the schools.
The homoeopathic doctor is all that the others are and then More.
First, then, briefly to consider taking the case. It is all Hahnemann. But, instead of quoting, I will try to cut it down.
Begin by writing down the patient's statement in the patient's own words.
Why? To avoid errors and misconceptions, but especially for purposes of comparison.
The materia medica consists of the statement of simple people, in simple language. They match.
This has been a reproach to homoeopathy. Its facts are not recorded in the scientific terms of our day.
And yet it is just this simplicity of truth that has saved homoeopathy, and made it available for all times and for all peoples. Had it been done into the scientific jargon of a hundred years ago, it would be long obsolete.
The science of one generation is often the nonsense of the next, and conversely in this instance. For what in homoeopathy has been decried as nonsense for a century is now being recognized as the latest word in science.