As this system of practice is different in many particulars from the allopathic or old school system, and is gaining the attention of the American people, it may be expected that we should give it a passing notice.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, of Germany, the author of this system, was formerly a physician of the old school, and was said to be a man of talent and learning. Like many of his predecessors, after wandering in the shades of night for many years in search of truth, he deplored the healing art as altogether "uncertain and incomprehensible." He saw the danger of striking at random with such deadly weapons as mercury, antimony, opium & Co., and therefore labored to prove that the ten millionth part of a grain of calomel was better than 250 grains. This one fact he has clearly proved, and we challenge the world to refute it, that the patient who takes infinitesimal doses of poison will recover sooner, and be less injured, than the patient who takes large doses. Another fact can as easily be proved, that the patient who takes no poison does better than either.

The views entertained by Hahnemann of disease and the method of cure, are original, and remain yet to be proved. The distinguishing features of his system appear to us visionary, and the remedies inefficient, but generally harmless, though not always. He includes in his Materia Medica the most deadly poisons, given in such small quantities, however, as to do little harm or good, but sometimes increased so as to produce the most alarming effect. Dr. Beach, of New York City, says he was called to a distinguished dentist of that city, (Dr. Burdell,) who was taken unwell, and called a homťopathic physician to attend him. He requested him to give him no mercury; but contrary to his express desire, he gave him both mercury and arsenic; and he now states that he has been injured, particularly by the latter. He thinks the absorbents have taken up the poison, and that it has settled in all his joints. They are now swollen, stiff, and contracted; and he is unable to walk. So indignant does he feel against the practice, that he proposes to caricature it, by exhibiting two rats, one in a healthy state, and the other, after having passed through the ordeal of taking ratsbane or arsenic, with the hair off. The fundamental principle is, that in all diseases we are to use a medicine in small doses to cure a disease that will produce the same symptoms as are manifested by the disease we wish to cure, and that a medicine can be made to operate on the particular portion of the system designed by the prescriber, without effecting any other portion.

The position taken by the advocates of Hahnemann's system cannot be successfully defended, there being too many well-established facts in contrariety in it. But however much the old school physicians may ridicule this system, the light of truth now dawning upon the world will show, that the consequences of their system (the allopathic) are too serious to be ridiculed. While Hahnemann may divert the patient with his grain of calomel, mixed with a barrel of sugar, and a grain of the compound divided into infinitesimal doses, requiring him to regard the physical laws of his nature in food, exercise, etc., allowing nature all her power to contend against disease; the old school physician lifts his fatal club and strikes at random, the force of which oftener comes on the head of the only healing principle that exists in man, termed nature, than on his enemy, disease. Much good, therefore, may result from this system of practice, in the present benighted state of the world on all medical subjects, by diverting the patient while nature effects a cure.

A large majority of the homťopathic physicians are seceders from the old school, and condemn in unqualified terms the extravagant use of poisons, bleeding, blistering, and physicking; having themselves seen enough of their destructive effects to arouse their better feelings, and lead them to adopt a system more in accordance with humanity. Although we differ from them in theory and practice, we cannot but respect them for the uncompromising stand they have taken against the pernicious practice in which they themselves were once engaged, and to remove which they have sacrificed their standing with the medical faculty, been cast out from their society, and are now the objects of their ridicule. An enlightened community will do them justice, which is all, we presume, they ask.