The Genius of Homoeopathy comprises of a series of lectures delivered at
the New York Homoeopathic Medical College. Close was a student of P.P.
Wells and Bernhardt Fincke. This book is one of the most clear statements
about the philosophical basis of homoeopathic study ever compiled. This
book by a stalwart is an exposition of the logical, historical, and
philosophical principles upon which homoeopathy is based and it attempts
to show its relation as department of general medicine to other sciences.
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Stuart Close was born on November 24, 1860 in Wisconsin, United
States. In 1879, while Close was reading law, his father died and his
mother then remarried to one of the San Francisco's leading
homoeopathic practitioners. It was at this point that Dr Stuart Close
thought of studying homoeopathy and his stepfather then furnished him
with a comprehensive training in Samuel Hahnemann's Organon. In 1885,
he graduated from the Medical College of the Pacific. His career is noted
for its exactitude according to Hahnemann's principles. The dedication
and exactness with which Dr Close pursued Hahnemann's teachings, won
him high praise with the latter's followers.
Many of the articles which make up this book were originally
prepared and delivered as lectures for the Senior Classes of the
New York Homoeopathic Medical College, during my
engagement as Professor of Homoeopathic Philosophy, 1909-
1913. Most of them, after revision, have appeared during the
past four years in the Department of Homoeopathic Philosophy
conducted by me in The Homoeopathic Recorder. Revised again,
they are now issued in compliance with many requests from
readers of The Recorder and others, who have expressed their
belief that they are worthy of preservation and that their
publication in book form will serve a useful purpose.
In discussing Hahnemannian principles from a modern
standpoint IJ hope to contribute something toward a renewal of
interest in the science and art of therapeutic medication as
exemplified in Homoeopathy, of which the medical profession
is much in need.
A review of current literature and neighborly relations with
many physicians of the dominant school of medicine reveals
not only a more friendly spirit than formerly existed, but an
active interest in what their homoeopathic brethren have to offer
toward the solution of therapeutic problems and a desire to co-
operate. The era of therapeutic nihilism is passing away.
Thinking men and leaders of the dominant school are ready to
participate in a scientific discussion of the theory and principles
of therapeutic medication from a homoeopathic standpoint when
approached in a non-sectarian spirit. They are becoming more
generally receptive of the idea of the existence of a general
principle or law of therapeutic medication than ever before and
more willing to consider evidence submitted in favor of that
proposition. They rightly hold, however, that the evidence to be
submitted should be prepared in such a manner as to comply
with the requirements of scientific research. Leaving that phase
of the subject to the scientific and research workers and others
to whom it may be congenial, and not forgetting the many in
our own school who are interested, it seems permissible to
present once more, as simply and attractively as possible, an
exposition of the logical, historical and philosophical principles
upon which Homoeopathy is based and attempt to show, at least
suggestively, its relation as department of general medicine to
other sciences. That is the object of this book. It makes no
pretensions to being "scientific." It is conceived and submitted
in a fraternal and philosophic spirit, however far it may fall short
of adequate expression.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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