This section is from the book "A Compend Of The Principles Of Homoeopathy", by William Boericke. Also available from Amazon: A Compend of the Principles of Homoeopathy as Taught by Hahnemann.
Curative Medicine is almost exclusively occupied by Homoeopathy, for this method alone cures without subjecting the patient to new pains and discomforts; it alone fulfills the highest aim of the physician - to heal quickly, gently, radically, according to scientific and rational methods.
All physicians are compelled to avail themselves of all three methods at times. As sanitarians and hygi-enists, physicians can do much to prevent zymotic and epidemic diseases; as homoeopathists, much can be done in the eradication of inherited disease tendencies and preventing their development; and as the laws that govern curative medicine are applied more fully, the need for mere palliation will correspondingly grow less.
Leaving aside the large field of General Therapeutics, common to all physicians, of whatever school of medicine, we restrict ourselves to the consideration of the different uses of drugs as therapeutic agents.