Materia Medica of the Nosodes With Provings of X-Ray. by Henry C.
Allen, was first published in 1910. This book covers 42 remedies and
includes Bernard Fincke's 1897 provings of X-Ray. Allen regarded these
remedies as homeopathic and not isopathic remedies. They were to be
proved as homeopathic remedies and prescribed according to the
totality of symptoms. The preliminary remarks for each remedy provides
about the source of the proving. Characteristic symptoms are listed with.
remedy differential. Systems affected is given with the identifying
symptoms. The number of marks preceding the symptoms indicate the
relative value of each symptom. This work is one of the greatest
contribution of Dr. H.C. Allen to the homeopathic science.
Dr. Henry C. Allen, M.D., was born October 2, 1836 in the village of
Nilestown, near London Ontario. He was a descendant of the
Revolutionary War hero, Ethan Allen. He studied medicine at the College
of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario, Canada and received his
homeopathic training at Western Homeopathic College (AKA Cleveland
Homeopathic College) in Cleveland, Ohio where he graduated in 1861.
After his graduation, he entered the Union Army, serving as a surgeon.
After the Civil War Allen accepted the professorship of Anatomy at
Cleveland and first started the practice of medicine. He later resigned
this post to accept the same chair at the Hahnemann Medical College of
Chicago. In 1875, he moved to Detroit and was appointed as the
Professor of Materia Medica at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in
1880. In 1892, Allen helped found the Hering Medical College and was
Dean and Professor of Materia Medica until his death. Dr. Allen passed
away on January 22, 1909.
It is with deep regret that the publishers are compelled to
offer a preface of their own to this great work instead of one
by the author, which intervening death prevented.
An outline of the history of this book, so far as we know it,
may be of interest here, and indeed is needed. We have no
means of knowing when the work was started, but, judging
from the manuscript, it must have been many years ago, for
much of the manuscript is old, and bears evidence of frequent
revision and correction; of the work of a painstaking and conscientious author.
Close towards the end of the year 1908 Dr. Allen wrote us
that his work was completed, the manuscript had received its
final revision, and was ready for the compositor. The contracts were made, the manuscript was sent to the compositor.
Several pages of the first section, Adrenalin, were set up and
submitted to the author for style of type, and arrangement,
passed on by him as being satisfactory, the compositors were
told to go ahead with the work, and then when all this was
finished, word came of Dr. Allen’s death. This threw the
responsibility of seeing the work through the press, and the
procf reading, on us. How well this work has been performed
the reader can judge for himself. We believe it is good work.
Concerning the character of this book, Nosodes, it may be
said that Dr. Allen first, last and all the time, regarded these
drugs as homeopathic, and not as isopathic, remedies; that
they were to be proved as homeopathic remedies and pre-
scribed according to the totality of the symptoms. The preliminary remarks, preceding the drugs treated in this book,
tell all that we know concerning the source of the provings.
Dr. Allen placed great store by this, his final work, which
he, we believe, considered his greatest.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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