Homeopathic Domestic Physician
OverviewHering's only book about basic therapeutics, it has served generations of home prescribers.
458 pp pb
DetailsDomestic Physician by Constantine Hering was published in 2 parts. Part 1 in 1835 and Part 2 in 1838.
This was the first American do-it-yourself homeopathic guide. In the early editions the remedies were not named. Sold with a box of 42 remedies, these were numbered to match the prescriptions in the book.
Originally, Hering wrote this as a manual for those he left behind in Surinam. He provides a window into the world of how he practiced on a day-to-day basis. Some of the conditions addressed are skin, treatment of infants, eruptive fevers, gout, and others.
ContentsPreface -- 3-14
Introduction -- 15
Directions for Prescribing -- 16-17
Instructions for Patients How to Communicate Their Cases to a Physician by Letter -- 25-31
Administration of the Medicines and Repetition of Doses -- 18-20
List of Medicines -- 32
Regimen of the Sick During Homeopathic Treatment -- 21-24
Part 1 - The Most Common Causes of Disease -- 33-148
Ch.1 - Affections of the Mind -- 33-41
Ch.2 - Consequences of Colds -- 42-51
Ch.3 - Consequences of Overheating, Immoderate Exertion and Great Exhaustion -- 52-60
Ch.4 - Consequences of Surfeiting and Disordered Stomach -- 60-68
Ch.5 - Consequences of Spirituous Liquors, Coffee, Tea, Tobacco, Acids, Etc -- 69-76
Ch.6 - Effects of Injurious Drugs in General Use, and Remedies to Counteract Them -- 77-83
Ch.7 - Adulterations and Poisons -- 84-95
Ch.8 - Of Poisoning -- 96-122
Ch.9 - External Injuries - Concussion, Bruises, Sprains, Dislocations, Fractures, Etc -- 123-138
Ch.10 - Foreign Substances Introduced into the Human Body -- 139-147
Part 2 - Treatment of Diseases -- 149-458
Ch.1 - Affections of the Head -- 149-165
Ch.2 - Diseases of the Eyes -- 166-178
Ch.3 - Affections of the Ears -- 179-187
Ch.4 - Affections of the Nose -- 188-193
Ch.5 - Affections of the Chest -- 194-232
Ch.6 - Affections of the Throat -- 233-237
Ch.7 - Affections of the Teeth and the Face -- 238-263
Ch.8 - Affections of the Mouth -- 264-267
Ch.9 - Affections of the Stomach -- 268-281
Ch.10 - Affections of the Abdomen -- 282-323
Ch.11 - Diseases of Women -- 324-361
Ch.12 - Treatment of Infants -- 362-391
Ch.13 - Eruptive Fevers -- 392-400
Ch.14 - Diseases of the Skin -- 400-411
Ch.15 - Some General Diseases -- 411-450
Index -- 451-458
HeritageThe first "self help" book published in the USA. The early editions gave no names of remedies. This book was sold with a box of 42 remedies that were numbered to match the prescriptions in the book. In one remedy-case, prepared by Rademacher, the bottles were only "an inch in length and filled with infinitesimal pills."
The book went through a number of revisions during Hering's lifetime and was republished by a number of people- C.L. Rademacher, Koehler, Boericke and Tafel. The 4th edition in 1848 contained a chapter on "diseases of females" by Walter Williamson, MD.
The book was concurrently printed in Germany in 1835. Subsequently it was translated into Spanish and French. The book is still in print. Although often quoted as the first self-help manual, it was antedated by Caspari's Homoopathischer Haus-und Reisearzt that was translated into English in 1852.
Julian Winston writes: The book had its start in a manual written by Hering for the use of those he was leaving behind in Survinam when he moved to the USA.
Hering, the "father" of American homeopathy, was considered a master homeopath and he was certainly more of a practitioner than a writer. Most of his writings were about rather "dry" information- materia medica in the form of his Analytical Therapeutics, Condensed Materia Medica, and his massive Guiding Symptoms.
This book is the only one of his works that talks directly about basic therapeutics, and gives insight into how he thought, what he saw as important in a case, and how he differentiated remedies.
Although the writing is rather stilted by current standards, the information contained is quite valuable, especially if it is studied with a repertory and a materia medica in hand.
The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author