Chronic Diseases Theoretical Part
OverviewThis is Hahnemann's seminal work containing the basic concepts of miasmatic theory, extracted from the two-volume set- Chronic Diseases.
269 pp pb
DetailsThe Chronic Diseases; Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homoeopathic Cure (Theoretical Part), by Samuel Hahnemann, was published in four volumes from 1828-1830.
The basic concepts of the miasms comprise part one (Theoretical Part), which was published in a separate edition in 1904.
Hahnemann's thoughts concerning the nature, development, and cause of disease foreshadow much of the modern perspective. His counsel regarding common mistakes in case analysis is an invaluable roadmap.
Additional issues are addressed in the preface to each volume. The Preface to Vol. lll, published in 1837, entitled "Concerning the Technical Part of Homoeopathy", is particularly important.
In it Hahnemann details his 'most useful' method of giving the homeopathic medicine "only in solution, and this solution in divided doses."
Further, he states "in taking one and the same medicine repeatedly (which is indispensable to secure the cure of a serious chronic disease), if the dose is in every case varied and modified only a little in its degree of dynamization..." it can be given be given with good results.
These statements and other parts of the Preface depict the evolution of what would become Hahnemann's LM potencies.
ContentsPublisher's Preface -- 5-6
Author's Preface -- 7-20
Nature of Chronic Disease -- 21-241
Sycosis -- 49-152
Syphilis -- 53-166
Psora -- 67-241
The Medicines -- 242-269
HeritageThe Chronic Diseases; Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homeopathic Cure
The first English edition was by Geddes M. Scott, MD of Glasgow, Scotland in 1842. It was translated from the 1832 French edition. In 1845, William Radde published a translation made by Hempel from theGerman.
Because of complaints of poor translation and missing symptoms in the Hempel translation, a further translation (of 1600 pages), direct from the German, was made by Louis Tafel in 1896, and published by Boericke and Tafel. It is this massive volume that is currently available from Indian booksellers.
The basic conecpt of the "miasms" are discussed in part one (theoretical part) and 48 Anti-psoric remedies are discussed in part two. The "Theoretical Part" was reprinted by Boericke and Tafel as a separate edition in 1904.
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copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author