Since it is an established fact that a true homoeopathic specific may either produce an exacerbation of the symptoms, or a curative sleep,+ and we are unable to determine the normal dose which will under all circumstances occasion those results, we therefore advise the beginning practitioner not to pledge himself to any dose in particular but to use the whole scale of potencies to the best of his judgment.

What has been most perplexing to the scepticism of the old school is the possibility that such small doses should have any effect upon the organism. This scepticism arises principally from the fact that old school physicians give their remedies every hour in a crude state and in large quantities, and have no idea of the dynamic power residing in a drug. However much the human understanding may be at a loss to account for the power of our small doses by any thing known in science there is no doubt that the possibility of such action may not only be conceived according to natural laws, but that it has been proven by the universal experience of all homoeopathic physicians. To cure diseases, both homoeopaths and allopaths use medicines. All those substances which we use as drugs, must be able to disturb the organism by their direct action upon it, each in a specific manner. From a central point the morbid phenomena spread, invading successively other systems. If we consider the action of remedies from that position, we perceive at once that the homoeopathic agent is alone suitable in all diseases. (It would seem as if we ought to stumble upon the truth that a medicine and a morbid action both of which are characterized by the same phenomena, (must primarily act upon the same centre. On giving a homoeopathic remedy in a sufficient quantity to produce symptoms, the disease must necessarily be aggravated; on the contrary, by giving the remedy in so small a dose that it cannot affect the organism medicinally, the remedy must necessarily act upon the vitality of the invaded centre, from which its influence will successively extend over the organs which are consensually related to the centre; the disease will therefore be cured without being first aggravated.* This is no proposition of the pure reason, but one derived from experience after numerous observations and experiments. Why should we disbelieve a fact on the ground of its having been wrongly accounted for, and why should we not do again what we have done so many thousand times, in order to obtain again the same good results? We do not deem it necessary to repeat in the present instance the many striking proofs which have been offered to the opponents of homoeopathy, that striking effects are frequently produced by spiritual, or dynamic forces. We will simply state that if the healthy organism can be influenced by atmospheric impressions, atmospheric vibrations upon which the perception of sound and light depends, and by other imponderable agents, why should it be denied that an organism invaded by disease can be acted upon by minute doses of highly refined therapeutic agents when it cannot be denied that those agents possess a dynamic power. We refer the reader to Hahnemann's beautiful treatise: "How is it possible that small homoeopathic doses of a highly attenuated medicine, should still possess power, great power?"* We likewise recommend Dr. Trink's excellent treatise in opposition to Hahnemann: Reflections on Doses,+ and Dr. Gross' reply.++

* See reflections onSleep, which is in many cases a direct result of the action of homoeopathic*specifics upon the affected organism ; by Dr. E. Stapf, Archive,-vol. V:, No. 3, p. 1.

+ See No 4 of Vol. IV. of Horn. Exam., in the case of typhoid meningitis reported by Dr'Hempel, where this curative sleep set in almost immediately after the administration of Hyosciamus 30.

* See Ideas on the Formation and Cure of Disease by D. Drechsler of Duben, in the Med. Annals of Altenburg, March, 1815.

We beg leave here to record our own opinion about the action of our doses, which is sometimes of long duration, and sometimes is not perceived at all. Of that action Hahnemann says in the Chronic Diseases: § "This is not one of those propositions which can be' comprehended; nor do I ask that it should be blindly credited. I do not comprehend it either, but the truth is as I have stated. This is a matter of experience in which I have more confidence than in my own comprehension."The experience which we possess of the power of the doses, may be deemed sufficient, and, it is all that we shall know about it for some time to come. However, we, no more than others, have been able to resist the desire which is inherent in the human mind of explaining every phenomenon which interests man; and inasmuch as it cannot be denied that the power with which homoeopathic doses act, is a most interesting and remarkable occurrence, we have tried to explain it to our mind as satisfactorily as possible, although we admit that our explanation together with all others, rests upon a hypothetical basis, having more or less probability in its favour.

It is well known both to allopaths and homoeopaths that the human organism cannot be invaded by a morbid force, be this either spiritual or material, unless the organism is in a state of adaptation to that force or in a state of susceptibility to its influence. This fact can be illustrated, by examples. Epidemic scarlet-fever, erysipelas, measles, etc., do not attack anybody who has not yet had those diseases; we frequently see one or two individuals in a family where either of those diseases prevails, remaining free from the disease, but they are attacked by it when the disease occurs a second time and and when the organisms of those individuals are more susceptible to it than they were during the first invasion of the epidemic. Not all persons who expose themselves to the contagium of itch or syphilis, will be infected by it; such an infection will Only take place in persons whose organisms are predisposed to the reception of the miasm. If the predisposition of the organism were not necessary to its infection by a contagium, how could we account for the fact that of ten persons who are bitten by a mad dog, only two or three become affected with hydrophobia.