Kent's Aphorisms and Precepts from extemporaneous lectures Saisie, mise en pages, traduction française et commentaires par le Docteur Robert Séror, Médecin homéopathe généraliste à f – 64400 Oloron Sainte Marie

The Soul, which is the most interior of man, cannot be affected by drugs. This can only be affected by man's own will

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The Soul, which is the most interior of man, cannot be affected by drugs. This can only be affected by man's own will.


  1. When the third potency cures there is something higher in it. No substance permeates the Vital Force when it is coarse enough to be seen.


  1. You cannot demonstrate any vital problem by the microscope.


  1. Drug effects when carried to pathological conditions are too much alike. It is the same with disease.


  1. So far as there is morbid anatomy to account for symptoms, so far is it unimportant as a symptom, for if no other symptoms are present you can find no remedy.


  1. The dynamic plane is more interior or above the nutritive plane ; it presides over it and commands it. This is the plane of provings.


  1. The lower potency corresponds to a series of outer degrees, less fine and less interior than the higher.


  1. The word disease really means the signs or symptoms before organic disease has taken place.


  1. If you go at it like a common tinker you may cure acute sickness, but, on your life do not tamper with these chronic diseases.


  1. In the infant we see the father's history ; in old age the history of youth. This enables us to look into the future to see whether a patient will recover, or die, or be palliated.


  1. Sickness exists on varying planes. Acute diseases occupy an outer plane and do not take so great a hold upon the life. The chronic diseases reach what we may call the innermost potency of man.


  1. The Acarus, then, is the ultimate of an internal condition, and indicates that the conditions are such in the economy as are suitable to ultimate an Acarus.


  1. In acute miasms the whole disease is found in one individual, in chronic miasms this is not so.


  1. How is it that the allopaths can cauterize the chancre and sore throat and send the manifestations of the disease to the internal organs ? There is a vital ulcer ten times greater than the external one. Just so sure as ulcers are removed from the throat, will the Vital Force suffer, and the ultimates come in the form of organic changes.


  1. The physician must penetrate the inner recesses of symptomatology. The very life of the patient must be opened. Learn the fears, instincts, desires, and the aversions of the patient. The remedy often crops out through the affections.


  1. If you can get your patient to talking you can find out how he is sick. It requires a good deal of experience to keep a patient talking to the line.


  1. It is not an easy matter to keep your mouth shut and let the patient tell his own story. It has to be acquired.


  1. This flopping about, and not waiting for the remedy to cure is abominable. There are periods of improvement and periods of failure. Let the Life Force go on as long as it can, and repeat only when the original symptoms come back to stay.


  1. We do not have to go into a plane called the other world to find a place where spirits dwell. Spirits are no longer unthinkable.


  1. The consciousness between two substances is that atmosphere by which they know each other ; a correspondence of spheres. They are in harmony, or antagonistic.


  1. Every person and animal has an atmosphere.


  1. You may potentize tubercles so high that there is not a shred of a microbe left in the liquid, yet if given to a susceptible person it will produce its own disease because of its Simple Substance.


  1. You must see that the Vital Force may take on, or permit to flow with it, another Simple Substance (disease cause, or remedy that will cure). This occurs when electricity and sound are conveyed at the same time over a wire as in the telephone.


  1. All disease causes are in Simple Substance. We must enter the realm of causes in order to see the nature of disease.


  1. We potentize so as to render the remedy simple enough to be drawn in by influx by the Vital Force.


  1. The direction in which sickness flows is from the within to the without.


  1. Homoeopathy exists as law and doctrine, and operates in the world of its causes. If this were not so it could not exist in the world of ultimates.


  1. As soon as the vital powers are turned into confusion there is no order ; confusion reigns as in a mob. In Old School treatment the confusion is made worse.


  1. Low potencies can cure acute diseases because acute diseases act upon the outermost degree of the Simple Substance and the body. In chronic disease the trouble is deeper seated, and the degrees are finer, hence the remedy must be reduced to finer or higher degrees so as to be similar to the degrees of chronic disease.


  1. The Vital Force dominates, rules and co-ordinates the human body.


  1. The Simple Substance is again dominated by still another higher substance which is the Soul.


  1. The Clairvoyant has an intensity in her nature, she is highly electrical, sensitive to spheres, is annoyed by everything. This is sickness. These things show the nature of susceptibility and sympathy.


  1. It is not enough to say that people have lost equilibrium, this is a technical way of expressing it. Individuals who are too sensitive are sick, repulsed by every one they meet. This is due to a deeper sickness than the one from the exciting cause.


  1. Never look for a cause within the thing itself. It must be prior, or within the organism.


  1. These chronic skin troubles are not local diseases. It is contrary to all science and logic (except in Allopathic medicine) to say that anything that exists is itself a cause of itself, or that it is capable of working changes in itself.


  1. The Vital Force holds all in harmony, keeps everything in order when in health ; just as Electricity in its own natural state is a bond of order.


  1. The idea that an organ like the liver which is under the control of the Vital Force and whose action the Vital Force governs is able to set up a disease itself and thereby make the patient sick, is preposterous.


  1. As soon as the Vital Force is sick or deranged it acts upon the liver in a different manner from what it does in health, consequently the liver (its action being governed by the Vital Force) must act in a sick or deranged manner.


  1. As long as the Vital Force is acting harmoniously the organ (being governed by it) cannot act in any way other than a harmonious manner.


  1. Cure is brought about by changing the diseased or sick Vital Force back to its normal (health) condition.


  1. Hahnemann was always in a state of humility, he never attributed anything to himself.


  1. Every sensation has its correspondence to something that is within.


  1. Work must be done from within out, in order to be permanent.


  1. Two sick people are more unlike than two well ones.


  1. It would be difficult for the Old School to define what their system is. "We are regular," they say. When they relieve pain by anodynes, and constipation by laxatives, they do not know that there is a reaction. When the Vital Force is sick it is disorderly and they attempt to imitate this disorder. A perfect imitation would end in Homoeopathy.


  1. Here we have on the one hand the action of disease upon the healthy, and there the action of drugs upon thc healthy. We find one a duplicate of the other. Is this not peculiar ?


  1. Every action in Homoeopathy must be based on a positive principle.


  1. Belief has no place in the study of Homoeopathy. The inductive method of Hahnemann is the only way.


  1. It requires expert judgment to make few blunders. The less you know about the sphere of sickness the more blunders.


  1. The one who understands best the nature of his remedies will remember most about their peculiarities.


  1. Ten years of practice will be a revelation to you, so that you will understand people and their minds. You will almost know what they are thinking, and will often take in a patient's constitution at first glance.


  1. Now you should never think of Measles or Scarlet Fever as a fixed form of disease which you have sometimes treated thus and so, and expect to treat again in the same way. You must keep your mind from getting into ruts.


  1. Anything that exhausts makes manifestations internal.


  1. Vital Force and Soul are in the cell as well as in the body. The same thing rules the remedy and, stripped of its grossness and placed upon the tongue, it will be taken into the economy instantly. I went a thousand miles once to place a dose of Zincum on the tongue of a paralyzed woman who felt its effects in less than sixty seconds and in six weeks her paralysis left her.


  1. There is not one law for contagion and another one for proving. They are both one.


  1. The remedy pervades the economy silently and completely with its prodromal period ; then comes the evolution of the disease which runs its course.


  1. If morbid anatomy has taken the place of symptoms there is not much chance of cure. When organs are destroyed little guiding symptoms seem to pass into the shade and the prehistoric (before the pathological changes) symptoms are forgotten. The guide has disappeared. There is no other way of making it known.


  1. If the Vital Force has not that extra susceptibility that allows a breath of the similar remedy to cure, repeated doses may suppress the symptoms but will not cure ; you are getting only the primary action, the curative action is not at work. The reactive energy of the Vital Force is not brought into play.


  1. You know that the infant at the mother's breast becomes as thoroughly medicated as the mother. Do not think, however, that if not indicated in the mother, it will reach the infant. It is not done through a funnel. The mother must be susceptible to it and thus vitalize it.


  1. It is inconsistent to say "I gave a Homoeopathic remedy and it did not cure." The administration of homoeopathic remedies is an applied Science.


  1. Simple Substances combine and help each other to flow in the direction of the least resistance as much in things invisible as in things visible.


  1. If we were to undertake to study with the microscope what susceptibility is or what affinity is, we would not succeed.


  1. The microscope, then, only furnishes us a field of results, and, beautiful as they are, the cause is not visible, we see only the results.


  1. There is a plane of nutrition and a plane of Dynamis. Common salt is appropriated by the normal individual who receives it on the plane of nutrition, but the sick one who needs it eats it constantly and it does not make him well because he needs it on a higher plane.


  1. Now when man reasoned falsely he created such a change in himself, in his Primitive Substance, that the body became changed, then he became susceptible to outer influences.


  1. The body became corrupt because man's interior will was corrupt.


  1. To-day no eruption is allowed to show its head. Everything is hushed as soon as it gives evidence of being. If this goes on long enough the human race will be swept from the earth.


  1. Confusion comes from losing one's head, prescribing on few indications and giving medicine when no medicine should be given.


  1. The increase of conditions shows increase of sickness ; the increase of symptoms often shows diminution of disease.


  1. When Hahnemann speaks of disease it would seem to be limited to disease activities.


  1. It is worse than useless to give a second dose until the effects of the first dose have ceased.


  1. Do not apply externally the indicated remedy. If it does no good there is no use in using it. If it cures it does so by healing up the external disease before the internal one is cured and thereby leaving no opportunity for the internal disease to come out.


  1. Never, under any circumstances, make use of local applications for an internal derangement. It is the highest order of medical profanity !


  1. The most natural thing to do is to remove external obstruction, but anything that comes from within must be treated from within.


  1. It is a very superficial view to take of Homoeopathy to see that the symptoms correspond.


  1. There are general, common, and peculiar symptoms. The general is used in the sense of the general of an army, and the generals command all other symptoms and really control the patient.


  1. The modern provers note down only the common symptoms and the morbid anatomy which the remedy produces, and have left out the generals and peculiar symptoms.


  1. Often you may think a patient has all the symptoms in the Materia Medica when in reality there is not a general or guiding symptom on which to prescribe. Such lack of symptoms is due to feeble vitality.


  1. If you see that a patient must go in twenty-four to forty-eight hours, and suffering, it is a delightful part of Homoeopathy to administer Euthanasia to arouse vital action suddenly and permit the patient to go.


  1. If you can feel in your old age that the well proved remedies are all your friends, you should feel a state of humility that you are an instrument of such service.


  1. There is much more to be learned about disease from the medicines, because disease is more obscured by the culminations.


  1. The limit of drug action is symptomatology.


  1. It is only after a careful and complete study of the finer provings of drug and the same of the finer features of disease that a law can be demonstrated.


  1. The finest degrees of sensation are to be perceived for these changes constitute the nature of the disease. If drugs could not produce these changes they could not cure. This is the foundation. If you would discover whether the law of similar is the law of cure you would need to draw Upon this store of finer symptoms.


  1. Pathology has no place in an effort to select a medicine for the sick.


  1. The microscope is only suitable to demonstrate the most concrete of matter. When the third potency of Gold cures it is because some portions of it are finer.


  1. There never was a genuine Homoeopath who discouraged the real genuine study of anatomy and physiology.


  1. As soon as you begin to prescribe on peculiar symptoms you prescribe on keynotes, and will not do good work. When you have three symptoms -keynotes- , it is true you may possibly get the right remedy, but what do you know of your patient, or of the image ? You will never have the case in hand, or grasp the true nature of the case in this way.


  1. When a remedy has benefited a patient satisfactorily, never on your life, change your remedy, but repeat that remedy so long as you can benefit the patient. Do not regard the symptoms that have come up.


  1. The remedy has actually led to a change. Don't reason that if you had given a certain remedy in the beginning you could have cured your patient. The masked symptoms come out as a result of the remedy.


  1. The more you cultivate Homoeopathic methods and the finer you discriminate, the better you see, and the more you can understand.


  1. Positive principles should govern every physician when he goes to the bedside of the sick. The sick have a right to this if it can be had.


  1. The most villianous doctors are always hunting for something strange and peculiar. Those out of the way symptoms and strange pains are not what we prescribe on and will seldom serve you. The generals are the ruling symptoms and are what the patient says, the individual himself.


  1. Never prescribe for a chronic case when you are in a hurry ; take time. Never give a dose of medicine until you have duly considered the whole case.


  1. You cannot count twenty-five decent provings since Hahnemann. They leave out what they call imagination and put in morbid anatomy.


  1. Just so sure as you prescribe a one-sided remedy for an Hysterical case, just so sure will she leave you after a while because you do not cure.


  1. The physician must be possessed of a knowledge of the human desires, must be a reader of human nature, not only as it relates to the sick room but in health.


  1. If you place your trust in the Vital Force you will not hammer away with remedies. You must have confidence enough in the economy so that when you have started a commotion you can rest. There is a very quiet change going on.


  1. A keynote prescriber is but a memory prescriber ; he has memorized only and has not made it a part of his understanding. Such prescribers are almost useless and it is among them that we find "falling from grace."


  1. The Psoric condition will result, in one, in brain disease, in another in organic liver disease, or structural change in the kidneys. The symptoms which present themselves after organic changes have occurred are far less important though not to be ignored.


  1. When we recognize the fact of the long years of existence of chronic cases, also that they are often inherited f or several generations, if a cure is made in the course of two or three years it is indeed a speedy cure. It takes from two to five years to cure chronic diseases.


  1. We must remember that Vital Force is Simple Substance, and that which cures must be Simple Substance.


  1. The greatest comfort on earth to man in incurable diseases is Homoeopathy.


  1. In incurable cases where there are extensive structural changes, use short acting remedies and such antipsorics as do not relate to the case as it was in the beginning. The remedy that fits the previous condition will tear the case down.


  1. In old incurable cases when we give a remedy that fits the whole condition, the result is one of three things : first, aggravation of the symptoms with advance of the disease; second, no action, and third, Euthanasia.


  1. Unless the inner nature of the remedy corresponds with the inner nature of the disease the remedy will not cure the disease but simply remove the symptoms which it covers ; that is, suppress them.


  1. Such antipsorics as do not relate to the constitutional condition of the patient are comforting and palliative and act as short acting remedies.


  1. In advanced Phthisis with pathological symptoms, if you prescribe for the old symptoms which should have prescribed for some years before, you kill your patient.


  1. A Sycotic is never cured unless a discharge is brought back.


  1. All things that change the aspect of a case should be avoided.


  1. When a case comes back in a few days with all the symptoms changed, unless they are old symptoms, the prescription was inaccurate and unfortunate.


  1. We are told that the afterbirth must be removed, and scraped off if necessary ; these are insane acts and jeopardize life.


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