Homœopathic Links 2010; 23(2): 76-79
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1249901

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§ 17: The Whole Disease – Part 2

A Treatise on Samuel Hahnemann's Original IntentionMonika Grühn Germany
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30 June 2010 (online)


Have all the treasures in the Organon been revealed so far? Everything seems clear when speaking of a totality – really? To analyse the three German words that have been translated into totality can open a new view on Samuel Hahnemann's original intention. May I invite you to a journey, where a thorough examination of text and words leads to some surprising insights? And possibly, a better understanding of some principles in the Organon can help to build a bridge between homeopaths from various approaches, and thus be a chance for further developments. Aude sapere – dare to be wise! Part 1 of this article was published in a previous issue of Links.


1 It depends, of course, on the quality of the very explanation. Often, symptoms are explained by a diagnosis, although the diagnosis is quite frequently only the name of a symptom or of a certain group of symptoms.

2 Today, sonderlich is either used in the negative, and then still means special, particular (i.e., being a synonym to besonders); this meaning applies no longer to its use in the positive. When now used in the positive, it is a synonym to sonderbar, strange.

3 Further interesting thoughts and insights can be found in Jan Scholten's “Homoeopathy and the Elements”, chapters 8.6. and 8.7.

4 Much of the knowledge above is preconditional for working with the Boenninghausen method. Parallels to the Sensation method include looking at the chief complaint, though from a different point of view; and there were early signs of looking at sensations running through the case [9].

5 This attitude recalls the famous story of the blind men describing an elephant. Each of them had only felt a part, but thought he – and he alone – would know what an elephant is.

Monika Grühn, M.D.

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