The most complete records of provings and clinical symptoms
available in print are TF Allen’s The Encyclopaedia of Pure Materia
Medica (12 volumes) and C Hering’s The Guiding Symptoms of Our
Materia Medica (10 volumes) published first in 1874 and 1879
respectively. Later Dr. JH Clarke published A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica (3 volumes) in 1900.
Then on there is a yawning gap and no comparable records of
provings and clinical symptoms came up because of many
reasons, until Dr. O A Julian brought out his Materia Medica of
New Homoeopathic Remedies (1971) in French which was later
translated into English. There is also of course a publication of
New Provings by James Stephenson prior to Julian’s. Even now,
we do not have a complete record of the provings being carried
out in different parts of the world, published sporadically and
lying scattered in journals. The need for compilation of all hither-
to available reliable symptoms into one place is quite obvious.
During my re-reading of some of the old records of books and
journals | came across additional material of value in respect of
four remedies by Clarke and one by Hahnemann himself, which
to the best of my knowledge have not so far been published in
book form. Dr. Clarke had collected this material subsequent to
the publication of his Dictionary and published them in the
"Homoeopathic World" ;which were reprinted in the "Homoeopathic
Recorder’. These are:
To these four by Dr. Clarke is added "Some Notes on Badiaga and
Therapeutic Hints" of Hahnemann as 5th.
Attentive study of these would reveal the valuable gems in
them, useful in day-to-day practice. The therapeutic range of
Ant-t., has become so wide, not just the ‘rattlings’, ‘asphyxia’, but
Jaundice, Kala azar, sunstroke etc. It is also interesting that while
Dr. H A Roberts and Dr. James Ward have included some
symptoms in their ‘Sensations As If’, not all of the symptoms
seem to have been included. In the Synthetic Repertory I have
not found some of the symptoms; for example "MIND, Despairs
of recovery"; "Unusual wild gaiety, towards evening"; both of
which Clarke has given in italics; also "child clings to nurse and
calls for help with cough".
With regard to Hahnemann’s observations and his Notes on
Badiaga need anyone say that they are pure gold?
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