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OverviewThis book is as valuable today, as when it was conceived.
For Hering, a symptom does not acquire the status of a guiding symptom unless, apart from its appearance in the provings, it has been verified at the bedside a number of times.
He spent his lifetime in producing this work, trying to collect verifications and confirmations from all reliable resources.
DetailsConstantine Hering, MD, is considered to be the "Father of American Homeopathy". His 10 volume Guiding Symptoms is a product of almost 50 years of practice.
For Hering, a symptom was not a 'guiding symptom' (other than proving symptoms) unless it had been confirmed clinically more than a few times. Borrowing Boenninghausen's idea from the repertory, Hering evaluated symptoms on a basis of 4 grades.
"| Is the lowest, and designates an occasionally confirmed symptom. It is omitted in most cases, and is sometimes used to mark a difference of value in the same line.
|| Symptoms more frequently confirmed.
¤ Symptoms verified by cures.
¤¤ Symptoms repeatedly verified.
"The finger" indicates an approved characteristic, but is seldom used, by reason of our not wishing to appear authoritative. It is to be hoped that the combined experience of many practitioners, solicited from all sides, will enable us in a future edition to designate many more symptoms with this mark.
The Greek letter "theta" stands between the cured symptom and the pathological condition, or the physiological general state, f. i., pregnancy or climacteric years. This by no means excludes the characteristic nature of the symptom in other forms of disease."
Dr. Hering refuted the idea that a characteristic was "a symptom not found under more than one remedy" On the contrary he stated, "all our most approved characteristics, as they have been corroborated time and time again, are never such as are found in one medicine alone."
He felt that characteristic symptoms were to be found within the sensations, locations, modalities, or concomitants. This work is an attempt to give the Materia Medica in such a form as to make the selection of a curative medicine in any given case as easy as possible. It is a complement to all other works on the Materia Medica, being principally a collection of CURED SYMPTOMS.
Hering spent his life producing this work, assembling information from reliable sources. He died after publishing the first two volumes of this work and completing part of the third. His trusted students and colleagues, Drs. C.G. Raue, C.B, Knerr, and C. Mohr completed the remaining volumes.
Knowing that he would not live to finish his masterpiece Hering trained his successors and gave them all associated manuscripts and pertinent instructions before his death.
The first volume was published in Hering's time in 1879. The second volume appeared the next year in 1880. After that his successors published the later volumes during the period from 1881 to 1891. It took them ten years to complete the work.
Heritage1879 marked the release of the first volume, Abies to Amoracea sativa. The second volume, Arnica to Bromium, was released in 1880 shortly before Hering's death.
The subsequent volumes were completed by his students Raue, Knerr, and Mohr. They were as follows:
Vol. 3 (Bryonia to Chamomilla): 1881
Vol. 4 (Chelidonium to Cubeba): 1884
Vol. 5 (Cundurango to Helonias): 1887
Vol. 6 (Hepar to Lachesis): 1888
Vol. 7 (Lachnanthes to Natrum muriaticum): 1888
Vol. 8 (Natrum phos. to Pulsatilla): 1889
Vol. 9 (Ranunculus bulbosa to Stannum): 1890
Vol. 10 (Staphisagria to Zizia): 1891.
Julian Winston writes:
Sadly, the book was not completed by Hering, (who died during proof-reading Cainca in Volume 3) but by his pupils, and thus contains innumerable questionable judgments about remedy and symptom grading.
"The first two volumes were very good, but after the dear old man was taken from us the rest of the work was not up to standard and is full of foolish things."
"Though it is the best reference book of the present day, it is far from the perfect work needed."
The information is a grand record of confirmed symptoms seen in over 50 years of practice. It is, with all its faults, an invaluable resource to the homeopathic practitioner and should be one of the first "larger" purchases when one is looking for a very complete materia medica.
The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author