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.
Diseases presenting an insufficient number of symptoms, usually only one or two prominent ones, though comparatively rare, are met with. Here, the first selected remedy will only be partially adopted and will, therefore, excite accessory symptoms, which, however, are not wholly due to the remedy given, but were latent, and the remedy served to arouse them; therefore, the new totality of symptoms will enable the prescriber to discover the truly indicated remedy. Organon, §§ 172-184.
The so-called local affections occupy a prominent place among partial diseases. The term is applied to diseased conditions appearing upon external parts, and are mostly of recent origin and caused by external injury. Affections of external parts, requiring mechanical skill, properly belong to surgery alone; as, for instance, when external impediments are to be removed that prevent the vital force from accomplishing the cure, as the opening of cavities, either for the removal of cumbersome substances, or to form an outlet to effusions, etc. §§ 185-6, Organon.
" See, also, Hahnemann's Golden Rule, page 93, and "Chronic Diseases," page 125.
Besides the local affections, requiring surgical and mechanical treatment, there are local affections that proceed from an internal morbid state. Such involve the entire state of health of the whole organism, since all its parts are so intimately connected as to form an indivisible whole in feelings and functions; hence, all curative measures should be planned, with reference to the state of the whole system and by means of internal remedies. This is done most effectually by including the record of the exact state of the local disease to every other change that is perceptible in the state of the patient. All these symptoms ought to be united in one perfect image and a remedy chosen according to this true totality. Organon, §§ 190-193.