Some unfortunate high dilution Homoeopathist has evidently been treading upon the venerable toes of the distinguished Dr. Trincks. The Central Homoeopathic Society in Germany have been favored with a letter from the indignant old gentleman, in which those who employ the higher potencies are denounced with all the fretfulness of a man, whose prejudices are opposed, and who feels his influence is waning. There is but little good temper and less logic in Dr. Trincks letter, or we should publish it in full. It is at best a diatribe against those who really and conscientiously believe in the Dynamizations; accusing them of inferior intelligence, and incapacity to distinguish cause and effect. He adduces his own experience as a negative proof of the value of the high dilutions. On the other hand hundreds of well educated and capable physicians are ready to give their positive testimony in favor of their efficacy. Dr. Trincks may continue to record and publish his failures to cure with the high attenuations till the crack of doom; but he cannot by this means convince those whose personal experience is one of daily success in their employment. If one man swears with the greatest earnestness he did not see another man commit a certain murder while ten other men may swear they did see him, a jury even of wrong headed old-school physicians would be very likely to bring in the accused as guilty. Dr. Trincks may never have seen any good come from the administration of high potencies: we have, and so also have hundreds of others. Good logic will not allow his “negative proof” to prevail against the “positive proof” on the other side.
Every one knows it is just as easy to give low dilutions as it is to give high; and it is certainly reasonable to suppose that unless a man is a fool he will administer those remedies which his experience has taught him are the most likely to effect a cure.
The patients whom Dr. Trincks is unable to cure with attenuations, perhaps Dr. Boenninghausen may. “Ay, there's the rub”-perhaps Boenninghausen has cured some of Trincks incurables. “Hinc illae lachrymae!”
In all soberness, to one who from the hospital practice of the old school has by gradual process of experiment, become slowly convinced of the power of the higher dilutions, nothing but chagrin, disappointment and regret can come, at the perusal of the letter above referred to. It is plainly intended as a personal attack on one whose risen star already out-shines that of the Nestor of Homoeopathy.
|The AMERICAN HOMOEOPATHIC REVIEW Vol. 01 No. 03, 1858, pages 127-128
|Dr. Trincks on high dilutions.
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