“I found from the toxicological reports of earlier writers that the effects of large quantities of noxious substances ingested by healthy people, largely coincided with my own findings from experiments with those substances on myself or other healthy people.”
hahnemann[Hahnemann, 1810, v.110]
“He collected histories of cases of poisoning. His purpose was to establish a physiological doctrine of medical remedies, free from all suppositions, and based solely on experiments.” [Gumpert, 92]
The proving is in fact merely a mild and subtle form of poisoning, what we might term a ‘micro-poisoning,’ during which the power of the drug ‘takes hold’ of the prover and so reveals its therapeutic ‘sphere of action’.