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Organon 2010: Is a Medical Textbook After 200 Years Still Up to Date?

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It is not coincidence that we must defend and protect our Founder's literature and those who came after in this day and age. Always under scrutiny, we are on the cusp of change. Our economic, geo-political, economic systems are crumbling. In a way, as we read today Aphorism #17 using the word "annihilate" disease and disorder from the whole.

In each country, one by one, there are forces attempting to secure their power, control and influence. Using wily and twisted thinking to point the finger away from their own inadequacies, instead of repairing their own foundation, they forget that four fingers point back in their own direction. 

People will not take this sitting down. People now have at their fingertips the internet to search, research and learn for themselves. Let everyone read and discern what is true and right. 

Please stand up to be counted. Let us make a loud sound that rings the bell of truth. 

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

Dear Sir, 
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 [1], 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) [2]. 

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 [3].

For instance, classical homeopathy for children suffering from atopic eczema showed comparable results to conventional treatment in usual care [4]. 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 [5] or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children [6], and not inferior to the antidepressant fluoxetine in a sample of patients with moderate to severe depression [7]. 

More studies using the clinical-pharmaceutical protocol of the Organon [8] 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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Dear Debby

Thoughts at a very right time.

Yes, Organon contains the fundamental theory, a law, which is the basis of a medical system - a vague thought of centuries made into a perfect, concrete law, through experiments upon the healthy human beings, by a genius, who walked ahead of the thoughts of his century.

Organon contains everything about medicine at that time, and almost everything about Homoeopathy. We, the followers of it has nothing to do with the basic principles. It's value will remain the same in the more centuries to come. What we could do is just reread and correlate the theory with the present day advanced findings in the human physiology, pathology and other branches of medicine.

Those yougsters of the so called modern medicine are pretending that they don't know the real value of the basic medical literature. The Gray's Anatomy of 1858 is one of the text books for MD Anatomy in this modern era ! They may talk about the editions ( The last is the 40th ? ) but, what addition they have made to the fundamental anatomy of human body ? A few colourful pictures ?! Organon reveals the truth about the cure of various diseases of humanity. It is a fact, a proven law, there is no chance for an addition. If they want more editions like Gray's, more colourful pictures of mortars, pestles and other things could be added !!

Many of the doctors of this century work and live against the Hippocratic Oath. Every line of the oath can be mokingly rewrited in the language of the 'modern medicine' !!

Good point, Saji.
YES, Organon needs to be edited, modified and if possible re-written. No doubt about it. Why shopuld we stick with something 200 yrs old when the world is moving ahead and everchanging so fast? problem is at the same time and in the same spirit, we should change - Gita, Bible, Quran, and all other books whichhas become old.
If I may suggest, we should also start calling father as Mom and mother as Dd because this also needs change.
On a serious note is the change really required or just for the sake of change?
An open question to all who seek change- let us pin-point some specific places which needs change?
Yeah right!

Change all the eternal truths to reflect its lack today. LOL.
Good plan.

Confusion alone is not enough - let us make it desperate.

On a serious note, if anything has stood the test of time for so long, it needs but minor adjustment to modern days.

To pinpoint some, bloodletting should be replaced by blood tests, the excessive orthodox use of drugs needs to include antibiotics, the pill and steroids. Mercury and calomel can be scrapped as medicines used by the orthodox.

We need to keep mercury as a cause, from amalgam fillings.

We need to include vaccine damage and side effects in a more systematic manner.

If I really sit down with the book - which i have done - I can come up with some other improvements.
Use the language differently - short sentences and bullet points for conditions and circumstances.
Eliminate repetitive aphorisms in which he says the same thing over and over again. Eliminate the minor flaws in his philosophical explanations, such as the one where he says that the remedy cures because of symptom similarity and because it is stronger than the disease. That same strength he has condemned before as being irrelevant to the cure. It also weakens the argument FOR symptom similarity.

So there are things that need improvement but the science as it is, stands like the Himalaya - it is as old as those mountains too.
Kavi - are you meaning that Hahnemann should address all of the invasive and harsh treatments in use today in his writings and tell how to handle vaccinations, chemo, preventative mastectomy, massive oil leaks and gas, etc.?

Can we extrapolate from what is already written?
Debby, there is a lot in the Organon that is not being used. In the sense that we can indeed extrapolate and take what has been written and put it to use on many of the modern problems.

Homoeopathy is from all times and for all times, provided we look for things. That must not be in the mode of radical changes, but in the mode of investigating how the laws are applicable now and for what.

Hahnemann already speaks about vaccinosis in his Chronic Diseases and how to handle it. Those guidelines count for all types of suppressive treatment and so-called prophylactics, such as for instance malaria pills. How many times does Hahnemann mention malaria as a prime example? All it needs is careful reading and taking it as it is.

There are plenty of instances in both the Organon and the CD to extrapolate successfully from. The entire agrohomoeopathic idea comes straight from the Organon. So I am convinced that we can apply those same rules in every instance of disease.
Dear Dr Kaviraj

"Those guidelines count for all types of suppressive treatment and so-called prophylactics"

These quotes too are from the writings of Hahnemann

"Universal vaccination put an end to all epidemics of that deadly fearful smallpox to such an extent that the present generation does no longer possess a clear conception of the former frighful smallpox plague.

Moreover, in this way, undoubtedly, certain diseases peculiar to animals may give us remedies and medicinal potencies for very similar important human diseases and thus happily enlarge our stock of homoeopathic remedies"
My thinking is straightforward.When something is considered a "classic" it remains classic,for whatever it is worth for and for all time to come.It became a classic because,of its originality,because of its purpose and because it was authored by people who were one of their kind.
I support what Dr Subhas says
"On a serious note is the change really required or just for the sake of change?"

In homeopathy where has ORGANON proved "counterproductive".Its laws still perform;;
Wequar. I think of a 'classic' as a work of art, a work that has been judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. It does apply in the traditional sense of being 'typical, an excellent timeless,' example. The word classic comes from the Greek to mean from antiquity that still contains principles that expresses something lasting.

If The Organon contains 'classic' lasting guiding laws and principles, it would take something to overturn these laws. As in the fact that there are principles and laws of gravity that all objects abide by, until such as this is disproven. So, too, Hahnemann has set forth these principles, based upon observation, repetition, that hold true when applying the laws in the proper manner.

They are more difficult to apply and understand because there is an 'art' to their application. This is the skilled artisan who knows how to use these tools of the healing trade.

What is different from simply observing a law of gravity which is all around us [who even pays attention to the daily application of the law of gravity in a conscious manner?] is that the healer is consciously aware of the dynamic forces at play. The homeopath will observe these laws of cure as the patient progresses from a deranged state to a healthy state.
OMG - this is hysterical comment. If these writings come from heaven, do you think humankind can improve which comes directly from above? I doubt, "The Organon" comes from same spirit directly. It is a book from human mind and ahead of its time, so perhaps there could be improvements. How many can agree on what improvements, amendments, etc could be made? Difficult concept and application. What committee would be able to do this on agreeable terms?
Dear members
As the title sais - Organon of the healing art -- it does not contain only things relating to homeopathy but a lot of contemporary medical knowledge.
The homeopathic principles discovered by Hahnemann and passed on in the Organon are eternal and need no review.
The contemporary medical parts in the Organon require urgent review, as many are based on views no longer valid.

Modernizing the organon does not do away with the challanges homeopathy faces currently.

Hans weitbrecht
The message that I am receiving is that if Hahnemann were alive today, he would have to address the contemporary practices, tools and techniques of Western and Eastern medicine.

How would he use the MRI, ultrasound, blood/urine/stool samples, radiation, biopsy, microsurgery, etc.? 'What would Hahnemann say?" We can only imagine.


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