Dr. Boger - I have only heard the latter part of that paper but I know the general purport pretty well from having read a similar paper by Dr. Fincke some time ago. It behooves us in all cases to be able to meet our allopathic friends with a foil to their arguments, and when they come with their multitudinous explanantions of the action of different remedies, it becomes us to be able to say something for ourselves. The explanation which I have found to be founded on the Organon, as well as to be unanswerable, is that our curative remedies depend upon a force acting in a similar direction to the disease force, and that no force moving in the universe is capable of any deflection in any direction by a force of equal magnitude and power acting in exactly the opposite direction; therefore, any force capable of changing a force already moving in one direction, necessarily moves in a similar direction. That is a fundamental principle in physics and in philosophy, which does not admit of any chang whatsoever. Therefore, everycure made, which is really a cure, is made along the line of potash, of the cm potency, or something else, every cure is along the line of similia, and that is an argument which no allopath will be able to refute. Every cure that has ever been made, or every cure that ever can be made, will necessarily be made, along that line. The method is a deflection of the disease force, moving it back into its normal channel, through a similar force which is found in the remedy.
Dr. Stow - I would like to ask what becomes of this power which we have been taught is somewhat antidotal. For instance, the vital force is disturbed by some particular force in a certain direction. It becomes necessary, therefore, in order to change this condition of the human economy, to annihilate this siease producing force, disturbing force, not to deflect it, because the mere act of deflecting turns it into another direction and leaves it in existence. That is the point I wish to have discussed here, at least to my satisfaction. We do not want to differ in regard to these question; we need to be a unit in describing the modus operandi of our remedies when we come to a discussion, either on paper, or verbally, with an allopathist. This paper is an extremely interesting one to me, but the trouble with me is this, that I need to take the paper and read it, and re-read it inorder to understand just what Dr. Fincke means. It is almost impossible here to follow out the thread of his thought, by simply listening to the reading of the article; hence I think it well to give this paper a conspicuous place in some conspicuous manner, so that we and others may take time to digest it, and there shall be no question about the real understanging of it, from beginning to end. When we get right down to the bottom of the question, it is this: Is it true that drugs tested upon the human economy, produce in certain potencies certain trains of symptoms? That we know to be true. Is it also true that when we find a certain train of symptoms in the human organism, not produced by any drug, but produced by some other force, that the selection of a remedy which will produce the greatest number of symptoms, corresponding with those presented in the case, will cure it? We absolutely know it does. That is true, and we look not so much to theory that may be offered, as we do to the fact brought out by the result. I would give more for those facts that are brought out in a case of pure homoeopathic practice, than for any amount of theory; yet it becomes necessary for us to place ourselves in such a position that we can meet the arguments of the scientific opponents of our school.
Dr. McLaren - That is quite true about deflecting the force; that is what the allopaths are doing all the time; they are always trying to deflect that disturbing force, and make more trouble by covering it up. My own impression is somewhat different from that of Dr. Boger, and it is this: that the disturbed vital force is moving in a certain direction, and you have got to get an exactly similar force, and the very mildest possible, the weakest possible, to move in exactly the opposite direction. When two express trains come together there is a terrible smash, but it takes only a very slight dynamic disturbance to make a man feel sick. That is something we cannot appreciate. The least bit of a fright, the least bit of a disturbance about how the man is going to meet his note tomorrow, may cause a sleepless night, and the man is sick. Such things are really imponderable, and bery slight in their force, and yet the results are great. We need the slightest possible force to counteract them, amd yet my impression is that it must be in the opposite direction. We have illustrations of it in nature. Off the coast of Norway, at a certain point where a cape juts out, the waves are exactly similar in height and number of vibrations, just opposite that point there is a perfectly dead calm. Oppposite forces of exact similarity, exact size and strength and wave height coalesce. It is the coalescing of the two opposing forces that produces the cure. That is my own interpretation of it and I give it for what it is worth.
Dr. Boger - I think the sole difference between the gentleman who has spoken and myself, is merely a difference in the apprehension of the term. The resultant of the two forces of equal magnitude and power, forces moving in opposite directions, is stasis, and stasis is death in every case, physically, mentally, or in any other condition, and the use of the term deflection, was perhaps unfortunate. A disease is, in itself, a deflection of the vital force. Perhaps it would be better to say that you are turning back again into the original channel, inflecting it, if you please-the dictionary perhaps would not sanction that way of using the word - but the only force capable of turning the vital force back into the normal channel, is one which moves in a direction similar to the disease force. That thought is carried through all nature, through physics and everywhere. That cannot be controverted, never can, never will.
Dr. James - I think there might probably be a misapprehension with regard to deflection, and I will merely suggest the idea. We have the parallelogram of forces, with which you are all familiar, where a force coming in one direction, striking an object that is situated there (illustrationg by the border of the blotter on the table), will send it in that line (along one border), and another force coming in another direction, at right angles, striking the same object, would send it over there (indicating), to the other border, in a line 90 degrees to the previous line. If both these forces are equal, and they come together at once, then the object takes a line between them, in this direction, which is 45 degrees to either of the previous lines, that is the resultant, which would be the diagonal of a square. If one of the forces be greater than the other, then it will be a parallelogram like this blotter. I have seen on the plains in the West a herd of cattle being driven, and one steer determined to leave the herd. One of the herders on horseback would chase him. He did not come opposite to him and stop him off suddenly; that was impossible. It meant death, of course, to the man who would attempt it. But with an instinctive understanding of the parallelogram of forces, the steer going in a direction away from the herd, the man went with him, and headed him around in a direction as nearly in line with the proper direction of the herd as possible, and he kept going around with him. This caused a deflection, which if it be analyzed, both directions taken together would be found to be a parallelogram of forces, and the steer's path a series of these reultants that finally produced the arc of a circle, and finally the steer came back to the herd.
This word resultant is the word that might be used as a means of understanding the application of the law of similars in the cure of a disease. The absolute collision between the horseman and the steer was impossible without death, but by following him around in the way I have described, he went around a series of resultants which finally became a circle, and the circle is a series of straight lines joined end to end.
So in the treatment of disease, positive opposition to the disease action causes disaster, as in the case of the herdsman and the steer. The law of similars enables us to travel with the disease, establishing a series of resultants which form the arc of a circle, and so the disease action is overcome, and there is a return to health.
Dr. Stow - That is all very interesting; it is a good geometrical proposition so far as the bodies of solids are concerned; we understand that. That is the geometry of force as developed by the contact od two or more bodies, coming together on different lines. We are not dealing with absolute matter; we are dealing with that quality of matter we call force. What is it? Have you any comprehension of it? I must say I have none. We simply know that there is force in it. Here I take a grain of dynamite, a little grain that I can hold on my finger. I place it on an anvil in a blacksmith's shop and take a hammer in my hand. We will suppose it is globular. It seems to be harmless, and is harmless unless some force be brought into operation against it to produce something else. I strike it with the hammer, and if I am not careful the hammer will be thrown from my hand by the reaction. What is done? A force is liberated that is sufficient to produce a shock. It is sufficient also, to throw or force the hammer from my hand. That is exactly what we want to get at; we wish to know absolutely how it comes to pass that forces acting in the human organism, similar forces, annihilate disease. Are we able to do it? I want to have that idea brought out by some of these thinkers.