A true materia medica is a collection of the genuine, pure, unmistakable modes of action of simple medicinal substances.
It is only by proving a considerable number of simple medicines on healthy individuals, and carefully and faithfully recording all the disease elements and symptoms that each medicine (as an artificial disease potence) is capable of engendering, that we can have a true materia medica. A true materia medica is a collection of the genuine, pure, unmistakable 166 modes of action of simple medicinal substances. It is a codex of nature:
1. in which stands recorded, from each efficacious medicine thus investigated, a considerable set of particular condition-alterations and symptoms as they came to the notice of the observer, and
2. in which are present in similitude, the disease elements which are homeopathic to the several natural diseases to be cured by them one day. These disease elements contain artificial disease states that offer, for similar natural disease states, the only true homeopathic (i.e. , specific) curative implements for certain and permanent recovery.
166 Lately, provings of medicines have been commissioned and published, using distant, unknown provers who were paid for their work. But in this way the most important pursuit, ordained to be the only basis of the true medical art, and demanding the greatest moral certainty and reliability, seems unfortunately to become ambiguous and unsure in its results and loses all worth. The false statements to be expected therefrom, which at some future time are accepted as true by homeopathic physicians, must prove in their application to the patient to be of the greatest disadvantage.