The Collected Works of Arthur Hill Grimmer
This is capacious and important book of Arthur Grimmer - undoubted master of Homeopathy in the first half of the 20th century. The eldest son in a large common American family, that was not noble at all, he was forced to seasonal work on farms and mines. Nevertheless, Grimmer had managed to overcome his – so to say - social vulnerability. Unlike most of homeopaths who had embarked on this path having the bitter past experience of allopathic practice behind them, Arthur Grimmer, the student of medical University, knew from the beginning that he would practice homeopathy. He did not have to look with suspicious on this method of treatment - at his house there was a reference book of Dr. Johnson and his father used that book when treating his large family.
As early as 8 years old, Arthur already knew indications for use of major polychrests!
They got lucky to meet each other - the teacher Kent and his student Grimmer. There are evidences that many of Kent’s patients continued to be treated by Grimmer after Kent’s death.
This book is a collection of works. Excellent articles on the differentiation of cadmium, potassium, sodium salts. Here you will find invaluable advices of the doctor, who was involved in treating oncology in the first half of the 20th century. For example, only in this book you can find directions for bone’s metastases coming from prostate cancer. Usage of Kali cyanatum, which potency was gradually increased starting from 6x, gave patients total pain relief.
There are chapters on the forgotten or rarely used medicines with their description, such as Eryngium aquaticum, Erythrinus, Erythroxylon coca, Oxydendron arboretum, Parthenium, Solanum integri, Toxicophis, Teucrium scordina, and others.
Following tradition, first introduced by Hahnemann and then supported by Bœnninghausen, it was widely accepted that homeopaths should not only publish the documented cases and descriptions of homeopathic medicines. They also had to deliver their thoughts - philosophical, about the place of homeopathy in the world, its role in treatment of children, chronic diseases, as well as public appeals to carry out certain sanitary procedures.
Grimmer was an active participant in such meetings and discussions. For instance, he was against the water fluoridation, he warned about dangers coming from usage of aluminum cookware. He was paying great attention to the prevention of infectious diseases et cet.
These works of Arthur Grimmer will be interesting read not only for medical practitioners, but also for those who is interested in the history of medicine.