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If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine (knowledge of medical powers), and if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so that the recovery must ensue – to adapt it, as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate according to its mode of action to the case before him (choice of the remedy, the medicine indicated), as also in respect to the exact mode of preparation and quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose; – if, finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be permanent, then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art .

Dr Prasad Rasal:

After defining the Mission i.e. Ideal Cure, Dr Samuel Hahnemann now turns to explain that for achieving the same, how the Homoeopathic Physician should be? This is very logical sequence he has used. He explains the detail the criteria regarding the qualities of the Homoeopathic Physician in order to become a True Practitioner of the Healing Art.
He says that the physician should have:
1. Knowledge of disease, indication: Here in one sentence, he used to put two important things i.e. the He should have in detail knowledge of all types of Diseases in order to understand its pathogenesis along with the prognosis so that he can understand the type of the disease & at the same time He says 'Indication' means how the disease is expressing in the individual thro' the characteristic individualizing symptoms from prescription point of view.
2. Knowledge of medicinal powers: Here He want to explain that only knowledge of the medicine is not important because as the medicines are dynamic, every potency of the medicine acts differently in healthy individual i.e. for e.g. Rhus tox 6, 1M, 10M will show the different reactions in a healthy human beings after proving & act as a different medicine. So, if he understand the medicinal power, he can achieve an exact similimum.
3. Choice of the remedy, the medicine indicated, proper dose, and the proper period for repeating the dose: He should have an Intelligence to utilize both the knowledge to find out the perfect similimum in proper potency & knowledge regarding the repetition of the medicine.
Here regarding the Repetition of the Medicine, the Words of Dr J T Kent are very important to understand. Kent says:
" Last, & least important of all, comes the names of the patients malady. Look it up, if you like, at the very end, and it may joyfully confirm your choice of drug , which it must not unduly bias.
If your patient is an asthmatic patient, it is comforting to know that the drug his symptoms demand has again and again cured bad cases of asthma. But remedies that have never been recorded as having cured asthma will do the trick, if the symptoms of the patient cry out for them, as their similimum.
Drugs have not all been pushed far enough to produce lesions, and their voices do not carry, as a rule, deeper than function – except in the cases of accidental poisoning.
But get the right drug, the stimulus needed, and you will find the reaction of the organism deep enough in all conscience, and long-sustained.
Then KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF! Wait long for a second very definite cry, before you dare to interfere. You may have to wait months – then wait!
Remember, it is the patient who has to cure himself; the drug can not cure him, the drug is only the stimulus that starts the vital reaction.
So long has curative reaction is in progress, it is senseless – criminal – to interfere. This is the way to crush your work, to vitiate your experience, to break your heart.
So long the patient is improving, let him be, and never meddle till he begins to sleep back: that is the first possible moment to repeat, or to reconsider the case.
It is safer to be a little late than a little soon. You must “ go fast slowly ”, there is no other way."
4. Obstacles to Recovery: This is last but not the least He should know i.e. Maintaining Cause of the disease or Causa occasionalis. Unless, one removes them, it is not possible to get the recovery or cure.
With the help of these weapons, He can achieve the Mission i.e. Ideal Cure & then He understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and He is a true practitioner of the healing art .



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Knowledge of disease, indication

Every time I used to read Knowledge of disease indication, I never consider the comma in between disease and indication. A single word matter a lot while understanding the meaning of that word but comma makes the difference. It was first time few years ago you Make clear(indicate) me that meaning of indication. Thanks!


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