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To the President and the Committee of the English

Homøopathic Association.


In accordance with the Resolution, by which you requested me to draw up, for publication by the Association, the Lectures delivered by me at Exeter Hall, in the year 1849, on the subject of Homeopathy, I have endeavoured to fulfil the duty thereby imposed. On completing its fulfilment, I must acknowledge the delay that has taken place. Of its cause your kindness will render unnecessary any detail, further than to state that the work has been written in moments snatched from the duties of a profession, which subjects its followers to almost continual interruption. This condition having existed, will serve also as apologetic of any imperfections which the critical eye may discover in the work itself.

When this work was commenced, little was it supposed, that it would be necessary to record an attack on the personal liberty of one of the Members of the Association, an attack, which all parties have agreed in denouncing, and the particulars connected with which are detailed fully in the Appendix. This has been an additional source of delay.

This attack has tended, like all such attacks generally do tend, to the honour and the progress of Homeopathy.

Congratulating the Association on the success of its efforts in this matter, a success demonstrating the necessity and the value of its existence, I beg to present this tribute of my homage to the objects for which the Association was established, and subscribe myself,

Your fellow-member and co-operator,


January 1, 1850.


CHAPTER I.— The treatment and the progress of a truth. --Explanatory theory of health and disease.

CHAPTER II.—The antipathic method.—Illustrations. Its unscientific character.

CHAPTER III.-The allopathic method.-Illustrations. Its destructive character.

CHAPTER IV.-The homeopathic method. Its scientific character. The life of Hahnemann; his genius and conscientiousness.

CHAPTER V.—The universality of the homeopathic law.Illustrations.

CHAPTER VI.-The characteristics of science.—Absence of these in the old-system medicine, testified by its practitioners. .—Presence of these in homeopathy.

CHAPTER VII.—Certainty an impossibility under the oldsystem treatment.—Complexity of the means used by old-system practitioners.—Simplicity of the means used by the homeopathic practitioners.

CHAPTER VIII.—Futility of attempting to ascertain the virtues of medicines from experiments on the SICK.—The mode adopted by homeopathists of learning their effects from experiments on the HEALTHY, the only scientific mode.

CHAPTER IX.- What is false must be injurious.- Injuries inflicted by the old-system medicine.

CHAPTER X.— The power and the superior efficacy of infini-
tesimal quantities, the result of experience, not the consequence
of a theory.-All actions take place between bodies in infinitesi-
mal quantities.— Illustrations.

CHAPTER XI.—The action of infinitesimal quantities of medi-
cine curative only when administered in accordance with the
homeopathic law.

CHAPTER XII.—The diet objection.— The imagination ob-
jection. The faith objection.

CHAPTER XIII.— The objection, “ Nature does it all.”—
Explanation of the mode in which nature works.

CHAPTER XIV.—Objection, Homeopathy will not do in
acute cases.—Abuse of homeopathy and of homeopathists.

CHAPTER XV.–Objection, Homeopathy has been tried and
found wanting. The true history of these trials.-Objection as
to the country whence homeopathy came.

CHAPTER XVI.— The opponents of homæopathy.

CHAPTER XVII.—The friends of homeopathy.—The English
Homeopathic Association.-- The necessity existing for a home-
opathic hospital.


SECTION 1.–Treatment of cattle.

SECTION 2.-Hahnemann and his literary labours.

SECTION 3.—Ignorance of medical practitioners, both allo-
pathic and homeopathic, on the subject of diet.

SECTION 4.- The progress of homeopathy in various parts
of the world.

SECTION 5.-Facts in connexion with, and comments on the
trial of Mr. C. T. Pearce.

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