Vermeulen Prisma


Vermeulen’s encyclopaedic work incorporating signatures, history and mythology alongside remedy symptoms and rubrics.



Book extract-
“PRISMA MATERIA MEDICA wants to point out parallels and similars between homoeopathic drug pictures and the substances from which they are derived. In addition, it wants to clarify and illuminate lesser known aspects of smaller polycrests. Much has changed since the time that Hahnemann and Hering undertook their provings, not only regarding the criteria of provings but also in terms of the information on substances. We have much more information at our disposal today and it seems foolish not to use all available resources to build a better materia medica. Since it is our sole duty to heal the sick, to paraphrase Grimmer, “we cannot afford to ignore intelligent help from any source so long as this aid available is based on law and common sense.” The hot debate raging currently over the question whether homoeopathy is scientific or not, appears to make the doctrine of signatures its main scapegoat. In faithful imitation of Hahnemann, who considered it the “folly of the ancients”, the doctrine of signatures meets with fierce opposition, being depicted as the folly of present-day homoeopathy and a major danger to scientific homoeopathy. The word ‘signatures’ has indeed a medieval ring to it and may partly explain the sharply contrasting opinions about it. However, the question remains whether signature is alien to homoeopathy. Hering observes that this very ancient doctrine “has much to recommend it on the grounds of similia” and Clarke states, in the introduction to Magnesia carbonica, that “it is often found that the physical characteristics of substances correspond with their dynamic influences.” Consequently, in the introduction to Magnesia phosphorica, he remarks that “there are other means besides provings of finding the keynote symptoms of remedies.” Clarke touches here upon a delicate issue, for the common assumption that drug pictures derive from provings shows to be erroneous if we closely study the materia medica.”