50 Reasons For Being a Homeopath’ is a lovely little book. It consists of 50 letters from the famous homeopathic doctor J. Compton Burnett to a young skeptic ‘Dr T.A.K’ & was written around 1888. It still shines with truth today.
As you have not acknowledged my last communication, I will inflict a third case of hiccough upon you, and that will be my twelfth reason for being a homeopath.
On March 29th, 1887, a young lady of 10 was brought to me. Her mother complaining that she suffered from bloodlessness, languor, biliousness, sore throat, nausea, faintness, frontal head-aches, matutinal lassitude, poor memory, sour breath, risings on the throat, hiccough, white and scant motions, pain in the left side on going up hill. I found an endocardial bruit, best heard at the base, and very notable enlargement of the spleen. Patient could not stand cold, had been only once vaccinated, and had varicella and measles.
You know I consider vaccination a disease, and I have ventured to call it vaccinosis, and have written a small book on the subject; however I am not concerned with that theme here, but with the greater subject of Homeopathy, which leads to the same prescription as my theory of vaccinosis. Thuja occidentalis 30 in infrequent doses cured the hiccough, reduced the spleen by about one-half, oddly enough, the endocardial bruit also disappeared. The cure of the hiccough by Thuja is, however, the point I desire to call your attention to more particularly. Now note that I have offered you three cases of hiccough, one cured by Cyclamen europoeum, the second by Natrum muriaticum, and the last one by Thuja occidentalis: This diversity of remedial measures for a symptom such as hiccough exemplifies alike the spirit of Homeopathy and the immensity of it’s mastery over disease. Nevertheless, to an outside who doesn’t understand Homeopathy, this diversity of remedial measures constitutes a great stumbling block, and has prevented many able, conscientious investigators from understanding it, and yet this is the strength of the system, rendering, however, it’s practice disgustingly difficult. All nature is our pharmacopoeia- that is, for any homeopath who has grasped the subject, and who has learned to walk without crutches, and who is WILLING TO WORK! And although I have narrated three cases of hiccough cured by as many different homeopathic remedies, still if you were to ask me what remedy I would recommend you to try for hiccough, I should only be able to say, “that remedy (not necessarily either of my three) which can be proved to be pathogenetically like the to-be-cured case of hiccough,” I fear I am firing over your head!