Lectures on Hom. Philosophy
Printed in India, hardback, 271 pages.ISBN8170211794
Size145 x 220mm
From the cover:
"Homoeopathy is now extensively disseminated over the world, but, strange to say, by none are its doctrines so distorted as by many of its pretended devotees. Homoeopathics treats of both the science and art of healing by the law of similars, and If the art is to remain and progress among men the science must be better understood than at present. To apply the art without the science is merely a pretension, and such practice should be relegated to the domain of empiricism. To safely practice the art of curing sick people, the homoeopathic physician must know the science."
James Tyler Kent.
About the author:
James Tyler Kent (1849-1916)
Dr. Kent was born in 1849 in New York, United States. He was a pioneer of homeopathy and his legacy still lives on today. It is reported that Kent converted to homeopathy after his wife was taken seriously ill and her cure was achieved only with the help of homeopathy.
It was in 1881 that Kent accepted his first position at the Homeopathic College of Missouri. In 1883 he was made professor of materia medica. In 1899 Kent lost his first wife and in the same year came into contact with the works of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) and became a convert to his mystical philosophy. For Kent disease and illness pre-eminently had spiritual causes. For some time in the USA, homeopathy came to be strongly connected closely with Swedenborgianism.
In 1896 Kent and his students saw a staggering 18,800 patients in one year, which gives a fair indication of the historical popularity of homeopathy. Today Dr. Kent is known for introducing the idea of prescribing single high potency doses. However, it should be noted that later in his career Kent employed Hahnemann's method of starting the treatment with low potencies. But the advent of high potencies rests with Kent.
Kent is also to be celebrated for his unique contribution to the art of repertorisation. He introduced a very successful and systematic ordering of the repertory based on the hierarchy of the human system. This style is still in use today. Another of Kent's major additions to homeopathic thought is the characterisation of constitutional remedies. He is famed for introducing remedy 'pictures', portraits that encompass and unite all the symptoms coherently.