A plain laborer went once to church to hear a celebrated preacher, whose eloquence was known near and far. After the service a parishioner asked that man how he enjoyed the sermon, and the poor man replied that it must have been a great sermon, but he failed to understand it. Years ago I gave to one of my students the Organon in vernacular and in the original to read, and bye and bye he came back and in sorrow exclaimed: "Why could that great man not write in such a language that a plain fellow, like me, can know what he meant?" Commentators tried over and over to explain every sentence (none better than Kent), and still the very necessity of commentators prove the necessity of abbreviating this great work, to give to the student the kernel in as few words as possible. If this is a sacrilege to the name of the father of homoeopathy, may the good Lord pardon my sin.

* Some years ago, when the author edited the California Homoe opath, the late Professor Samuel Lilienthal contributed to the journal a series of articles embodying the gist of Hahnemann's "Organon" and of his "Chronic Diseases" in simple language and especially written for the student. They were greatly appreciated at the time and repeated requests for their republication have been made. In compliance thereto and especially, as Professor Lilien-thal's presentation is wholly in harmony with the purpose of this compend, the author believes that he will render a service to his readers and students generally, by enriching his pages with them.

1. The physician's highest and only calling is to restore health to the sick, which is called healing.

2. Healing ought to be accomplished in the most speedy, most gentle, and most reliable manner.

3. To do this he must know the ailment of the patient, select the remedy, the dose and its repetition according to each individual case.

4. Sanitation and hygiene are studies in which every physician must be well versed.

5. Constitution of the patient, his mind and temperament, occupation, mode of living and habits, social and domestic relations, age and sexual functions, etc. Give us the individuality of the patient.

6. Deviations from the normal state show themselves by morbid signs or symptoms.

7. The totality of these symptoms, this outwardly reflected image of the inner nature of the diseased state, i. e., of the suffering dynamic, or living force, is the principal and only condition to be recognized in order that they may be removed and health restored.

8. Life, a dynamic principle, animates the material body, and this material body passes away as soon as it is bereft of this life-force. In health, harmonious vital processes go on in our mind and body, and in sickness this life-force becomes deranged by the dynamic influence of some morbific agency inimical to life, hence abnormal functional activity, manifesting itself by morbid sensations and functions, by morbid symptoms.

9. This morbidly changed life-force can only be restored to its normal state by a similarly acting dynamical power of the appropriate remedy, acting upon the omnipresent susceptibility of the nerves of the organism. The total removal of all symptoms is health restored, and therefore the totality of symptoms observed in each individual case can be the only indication to guide us in the selection of a remedy.

10. These aberrations from the state of health can only be removed by the curative power inherent in medicine to turn the sensorial condition of the body again into its normal state.

11. Experiments on animals, vivisection and autopsy can never reveal the inherent power of medicine; the healthy human body alone is the fit subject for such experiments, where they excite numerous definite morbid symptoms, and it follows that, if drugs act as curative remedies, they exercise this curative power only by virtue of altering bodily failings through the production of peculiar symptoms, which then they are able to remove from the sick; in other words, the remedy must be able to produce an artificial morbid condition similar to that of the natural disease.

12. Experience teaches that all drugs will unex-ceptionally cure diseases the symptoms of which are as similar as possible to those of the drugs, and leave none uncured.

13. Natural diseases are removed by proper medicines, because the normal state is more readily affected by the right dose of a drug than by natural morbific agencies.

14. Psychical and partly physical terrestial potencies show their greatest power where this life-power is below par, hence they do not affect everybody nor do they do so at all times; we may therefore assert that extraneous noxious agencies possess only a subordinate and conditional power, while drug-potencies possess an absolute, unconditional power.

15. Drug-disease is substituted for the natural disease, when the drug causes symptoms most similar to that which is to be cured, and it is hardly possible to perform a cure by means of drugs incapable of producing in the organism a diseased condition similar to that which is to be cured.

16. Palliation of prominent symptoms ought to be discarded, for it provides only in part for a single symptom; it may bring partial relief, but this is soon followed by a perceptible aggravation of the entire disease.

17. Primary and after or counter effect of drugs. During the primary effect of a drug the vital force receives the impression made upon it by the drug and allows the state of health to be altered by it. The vital force then rallies and either calls forth the exact opposite state of feeling or it neutralizes the impression made upon it by the drug, thereby establishing the normal state of health. The former a counter effect, the latter a curative effect.

18. Diseases peculiar to mankind are of two classes: (1). Rapid, morbid processes caused by abnormal states and derangements of the vital force, acute diseases. (2). Chronic diseases.. Originating by infection with a chronic miasm, acting deleteriously upon the living organism and undermining health to such a degree that the vital force can only make imperfect and ineffectual resistance, which may result in the final destruction of the organism.