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.
You ask how it then is that with all the merits which I claim for Homeopathy, it’s practitioners should be in “such a contemptible minority in the profession”? I presume, being in the minority does not necessarily mean to be in the wrong.
I suppose you hold that the world moves? There was a time when those who said so were in the minority, and not very far from the stake if they dared to aver their belief!
You personally, have devoted a good deal of attention to “diseases of the organs of circulation”, and you plume yourself rather (so I gathered in conversation with you) on knowing just a little more than most people on the ‘forces that carry on the circulation of the blood’ – eh? Was not, once upon a time, the nickname “circulator” – one who believed in Harvey’s discovery – a very opprobrious epithet indeed in our “liberal profession”? Quite as bad as “homeopath” now; and did I one day not hear a great orator bring down the house by exclaiming, “They are slaves who dare not be in the right with two or three”? Your “minority” argument is worn out.
Well, I wrote you last time but one about the calorifacient power of Natrum muriaticum, and you would like to know whether it acts upon a certain centre. I do not know it’s seat of action exactly, but I do know that it can often make a cold, chilly person feel warm; and that is no small thing.
Some years hence I was attending one of the children of a widow in the neighbourhood of London, and having made a pretty good therapeutic hit – homeopathically, my friend! – she said she should like to consult me on her own account for her nerves; and when we had gone into the matter, she said, “Ah, I suppose it is no use to consult you about my cold shivering fits; no one can them any good.” They were in this wise; on going to bed at night she began to shudder and shiver, and on getting into bed and lying down, she would shiver to such a degree that her teeth chattered, and her movements of her body shook her bed. She had suffered this for years, and had been under a number of physicians for these cold shivers, but no-one had ever touched them. She named five well-known homeopathic practitioners who had in vain tried their hand at it; one of these has since renounced Homeopathy and all it’s ways, and previously he had given up the use of dynamized remedies, and loves now to ridicule them. Still, for all that, and all that, dynamized Natrum muriaticum cured these cold shakes promptly and permanently. Long afterwards the lady wrote that she kept a bottle of the medicine on her bedroom mantlepiece au besoin, or as we physicians so neatly put it, pro re nata, but never needed it.
I call Natrum muriaticum my calorifacient. Try it!