No two cases of the same so-called disease are exactly alike any more than two people’s fingerprints; text book examples of disease are hardly ever seen.
IN ordinary medicine the individual pecularities are overlooked and only the phenomena common to a great number of diseases are taken as guides to diagnosis and treatment.
This is where the outlook of doctors trained in Homeopathy can do so much to civilize and spiritualize medical practice today.
Hahnemann says on the subject in paragraph 100 in the ORGANON:“In investigating the totality of the symptoms of epidemic and sporadic diseases it is quite immaterial whether or not something similar has ever appeared in the world before under the same or any other name. The novelty or peculiarity of a disease of that kind makes no difference either in mode of examining or of treating it, as the physician must anyway regard the pure picture of every prevailing disease as if it were something new and unknown, and investigate it thoroughly for itself, if he desire to practise medicine in a real and radical manner, never substituting conjecture for actual observation, never taking for granted that the case of disease before him is already wholly or partially known, but always carefully examining it in all itsphases; and this mode of procedure is all the more requisite in such cases, as a careful examination will show that every prevailing disease is in many respects a phenomenon of an unique character, differing vastly from all previous epidemics to which certain names have been falsely applied- with the exception of those epidemics resulting from a contagious principle that always remains the same, such as smallpox, measles, etc.”