Among the new ones in this edition will be found a number of drugs that were proved at the different homeopathic colleges under modern conditions. These accurately proved remedies may become valuable additions to our material medical. In addition to these there are also numerous new or old drugs brought out through clinical observations such as Formic acid, Gunpowder, lchthyol, Indol, and others. These, may also become very useful additions to the physician's armamentarium.
While no repertory is attached a very thorough therapeutic and clinical index has been made that will guide the physician who is looking for a remedy in this new field.
The first edition of "New Remedies," by Dr. Edwin M. Hale, was published by Lodge, of Detroit in the year 1864. The fifth edition was published by the Hahnemann Publishing House, F.E. Boericke, in 1886. Many of Hale's "New Remedies" fell by the wayside but some of them have become polychrests, not only with the homoeupaths but with the other schools of medicine. Possibly if Hale had not collected the data of these remedies they would have been lost to the world-buried in the bound volumes of journals in which they were published, and both remedy and journal forgotten. Though one have the wisdom of Solomon or the medical acumen of Hippocrates, it is lost to the world unless preserved in books, which, as Carlyle says, are "the true University of these days". Hale did a really great service to medicine in collecting the work of often unknown practitioners and preserving it in "the true University" -Books.
When Hale passed on over the Great Divide, his work, after a lapse of years, was taken up and carried on in "New Old and Forgotten Remedies", the first edition of which appeared in the year 1900 and now here is the second edition being offered, after the lapse of nearly seventeen years. To the best of the compiler's knowledge this new edition contains all the new remedies of value that have appeared in the past seventeen years together with those contained in the first edition, now sold out.
The value of these additions to our materia medica must be determined by experience. Remember that even some of Hahnemann's well proved remedies are practically unknown today. The "Test at the Bedside", to quote Dudley's apt phrase, alone can determine the value of a new remedy. Among the new ones in this edition will be found a number of drugs that were proved at the different homoeopathic colleges under modern conditions. These accurately proved that remedies may become valuable additions to our materia medica. In addition to these there are also numerous new or old drugs brought out through clinical observations such as Formic acid, Gunpowder, Calcarea calcin, Platanus, Glycerine, Ichthyology, Indol, and others. These, also may become very useful additions to the physician's armamentarium.
While no repertory is attached a very thorough therapeutic and clinical index has been made that will guide the physician who is looking for a remedy in this new field. It covers a great range, from flat warts to leprosy-and nearly everything between. This ought to help out many a worried practitioner by guiding him to the sought-for remedy. Also, possibly, it may tend to dispel in a meausre the growing therapeutic nihilism. As this book will be useful to physicians other than homoeopaths, it may be well to add here a few explanations.
The signs in some of the papers, as for instance > means "diminishing", while < stands for "increasing".
The sign IX applies chiefly to trifurcations and means 1 part drug to 9 of sugar of milk or other vehicle. 2X stands for 1 part of 1X to 9 of the vehicle consequently denoting 11100 and so on up.
The sign q indicates the tincture, full strength.
When the name of a remedy is followed by a figure, as Pothos 1, it means the first centesimal potency of dilution. This stands for 11100th drug strength. Each succeeding figure means an increase by 100. The decimal scale indicated by x increases by 10, the centesimal indicated by figures only as 1, 3, 6, 30 and so on indicate increases by 100. In making these centesimal potencies each one is subjected to twelve powerful strokes, the corked vial or bottle being held in the fist. This process is said to develop the drug power, as triturating does with insoluble substances, as for instance mercury.
In conclusion it can be said that whatever value this book may have is a permanent value, for the action of drugs on the human system like the law of the Medes and Persians "changeth not".
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