Date posted: October 24, 2011

5th Edition translated by Dudgeon

6th Edition translated by Boericke

                                                       § 1

The   physician’s   high   and   only   mission   is   to   restore   the   sick   to  health,   to   cure,   as   it   is termed.1

1  His   mission   is   not,   however,   to   construct   so-called   systems,  by   interweaving   empty speculations and hypotheses concerning the internal essential nature of the vital processes and   the   mode   in   which   diseases   originate   in the   interior   of   the   organism,   (whereon   so many physicians have hitherto ambitiously wasted their talents and their time); nor is it to attempt   to   give   countless   explanations   regarding   the   phenomena   in   diseases   and   their proximate   cause   (which   must   ever   remain  concealed),   wrapped   in  unintelligible   words and an inflated abstract mode of expression, which should sound very learned in order to astonish the ignorant – whilst sick humanity sighs in vain for aid. Of such learned reveries (to which the name of theoretic medicine is given, and for which special professorships are   instituted)   we   have   had   quite   enough,   and   it   is   now   high   time   that   all   who   call themselves   physicians   should   at   length   cease   to   deceive   suffering   mankind   with   mere talk, and begin now, instead, for once to act, that is, really to help and to cure.

                                                       § 2

The   highest   ideal   of   cure   is   rapid,   gentle  and   permanent   restoration   of   the   health,   or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.

                                                       § 3

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, a nd he is a true practitioner of the healing art .

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