Organon 2010: is a medical textbook after 200 years still up to date? by Ubiratan Cardinalli Adler | Homeopathy graduation Program, Faculdade de Medicina de Jundiaí, Jundiaí, Brazil
International Journal of High Dilution Research 2010;
9 (31): 61-62 61 Letter to the Editor
The question, proposed by the German Central Union of homeopathic Doctors, is the pivotal subject addressed in a series of lectures and discussions being held all over Germany in 2010 , to celebrate the bicentenary of homeopathy´s first medical textbook.
Hahnemann´s Organon of the Healing Art is the basis for classical homeopathy. Reading its 6th and posthumous edition is part of the education of 90% of the homeopaths, as indicated by a survey carried out at the 60th Homeopathic World Medical Congress (Berlin 2005) .
This might be odd to conventional doctors, used to read the latest editions of textbooks and journals, but Hahnemann´s therapeutics seems to be ahead of his time, in that classical homeopathy can be at least as effective as current standard pharmacotherapy .
For instance, classical homeopathy for children suffering from atopic eczema showed comparable results to conventional treatment in usual care . Moreover, randomized controlled double blind trials using the dynamization scale introduced by the 6th edition (fifty-millesimal or Quinquagintamillesimal dynamization and its products, the Q-potencies) showed that homeopathically individualized Q-potencies were superior to placebo for fibromyalgia  or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children , and not inferior to the antidepressant fluoxetine in a sample of patients with moderate to severe depression .
More studies using the clinical-pharmaceutical protocol of the Organon  are of course needed, but so far its use by trained physicians have yield to challenging results, keeping up with what is recommended in most recent clinical textbooks for the treatment of some chronic diseases.
Int J High Dilution Res 2010; 9(31): 85-89
Time for everyone to post their perspective on the value of reading and studying The Organon. It is a foundational theory, premise, starting point for continuing the "Practice" of this method of healing.
Because something has longevity, do you not think it is of value? In China, old age and experience are considered golden treasures. There are many "lost arts" because people did not continue on with the study and tradition. How do we impress upon those 'youngsters' of the New Age of Western medicine that Hahnemann's words contain wisdom and knowledge? Do they not also take the Hippocratic Oath? Are they being 'hypocritical' when they begin their practice by reading and 'swearing to uphold' this document written in the 4th century B.C.E.?
The Origin of An Oath
They do not even know who wrote it or when it was first used. And some say the followers of Pythagoras were more influenced by this writing than Hippocrates. Whereas, in reading The Organon we have more knowledge about the author, his life and times, the conditions in which he lived, his followers and the evolution over the course of six editions to the development of this method and practice.
For medical physicians today they post on their wall and take this pledge to uphold words translated from the Greek language that refers to ethical practice and to receiving the resources of healing from gods, which implies spirit. I question whether they understand that, and if they do, how they imbue their day-to-day medicine with this knowledge? Do they realize there is a "higher" force which provides the ability and power to heal? We call it the "vital force."
In the reading of this document do you see similarities and differences to the writings of The Organon? Is it not true that Hahnemann, himself, must have taken this oath upon becoming a physician?
Does it not say that they must ask for advise from others who may be able to cure and assist in healing? Oh, pray, how the medical arts have fallen into the traps that these wise ones were warning by taking this oath. We have too many incidents of deception within the drug industry, bribery, cover-ups, recalls, and side-effects.
It is through fear that their actions are no longer covert from within their own organizations and on the world scene. They have suppressed the pronouncements of physicians who have questioned the ethical and moral dealings within their societies. As courageous individuals and groups within the medical and drug 'industry' speak out, the public also questions and wants to find a better way for themselves and their families.
Going back to traditions is not backward thinking. Do what works and stick with it. I hope that the decision-makers of today take upon themselves the true responsibility of their actions and own up to mistakes. The only way forward is to re-evaluate where you have been, determine where you went wrong, clean up and restructure using the best of what is available and be true and honest to make a better society.
When we began the Who's Reading the Organon Radio Show I had wanted to start with this reading the Hippocratic Oath. To compare The Organon, which is similar to taking an oath of understanding how to practice the pure and true art of healing, please visit the WRTO Group and listen to the Radio Shows.
The Hippocratic Oath (Original Translated into English) :
I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.
In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.
All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot.
The Hippocratic Oath (Classic Translated into English)
I swear by Apollo the Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods, and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:
To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art–if they desire to learn it–without fee and covenant;
to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken the oath according to medical law, but to no one else.
I will apply dietic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.
I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.
Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.
I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.
Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.
What I may see or hear in the course of treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about.
If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.
The Hippocratic Oath (Modern Version)
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.
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