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To the President and the Committee of the English Homœopathic Association.

MY LORD AND GENTLEMEN,

In accordance with the Resolution, by which you requested me to draw up, for publication by the Association, the Lectures delivered by me at Exeter Hall, in the year 1849, on the subject of Homœopathy, I have endeavoured to fulfil the duty thereby imposed. On completing its fulfilment, I must acknowledge the delay that has taken place. Of its cause your kindness will render unnecessary any detail, further than to state that the work has been written in moments snatched from the duties of a profession, which subjects its followers to almost continual interruption. This condition having existed, will serve also as apologetic of any imperfections which the critical eye may discover in the work itself.

When this work was commenced, little was it supposed, that it would be necessary to record an attack on the personal liberty of one of the Members of the Association, an attack, which all parties have agreed in denouncing, and the particulars connected with which are detailed fully in the Appendix. This has been an additional source of delay.

This attack has tended, like all such attacks generally do tend, to the honour and the progress of Homœopathy.

Congratulating the Association on the success of its efforts in this matter, a success demonstrating the necessity and the value of its existence, I beg to present this tribute of my homage to the objects for which the Association was established, and subscribe myself,

Your fellow-member and co-operator,

January 1, 1850.

JOHN EPPS, M.D.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.—The treatment and the progress of a truth.
-Explanatory theory of health and disease.

CHAPTER II.—The antipathic method.-Illustrations.-Its
unscientific character.

CHAPTER III.-The allopathic method.-Illustrations.-Its
destructive character.

CHAPTER IV.-The homœopathic method.-Its scientific
character. The life of Hahnemann; his genius and conscien-
tiousness.

CHAPTER V. The universality of the homoeopathic law.-
Illustrations.

CHAPTER VI.-The characteristics of science.-Absence of
these in the old-system medicine, testified by its practitioners.
-Presence of these in homœopathy.

CHAPTER VII.-Certainty an impossibility under the old-
system treatment.-Complexity of the means used by old-system
practitioners. Simplicity of the means used by the homœopathic
practitioners.

CHAPTER VIII.-Futility of attempting to ascertain the vir-
tues of medicines from experiments on the SICK.-The mode
adopted by homœopathists of learning their effects from experi-
ments on the HEALTHY, the only scientific mode.

CHAPTER IX-What is false must be injurious.-Injuries
inflicted by the old-system medicine.

CHAPTER XI.-The action of infinitesimal quantities of medi-

cine curative only when administered in accordance with the

homœopathic law.

CHAPTER XII.-The diet objection.-The imagination ob-
jection. The faith objection.

CHAPTER XIII.-The objection, "Nature does it all."-
Explanation of the mode in which nature works.

CHAPTER XIV.-Objection, Homoeopathy will not do in
acute cases.—Abuse of homœopathy and of homœopathists.

CHAPTER XV.-Objection, Homœopathy has been tried and

found wanting. The true history of these trials.—Objection as
to the country whence homoeopathy came.

CHAPTER XVI.-The opponents of homoeopathy.

CHAPTER XVII.—The friends of homoeopathy.-The English
Homœopathic Association.—The necessity existing for a homo-
opathic hospital.

APPENDIX.

SECTION 1.-Treatment of cattle.

SECTION 2.-Hahnemann and his literary labours.

SECTION 3.-Ignorance of medical practitioners, both allo-
pathic and homœopathic, on the subject of diet.

SECTION 4. The progress of homœopathy in various parts

of the world.

SECTION 5.-Facts in connexion with, and comments on the

trial of Mr. C. T. Pearce.

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