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Vermeulen: Vista Vintage

Vista Vintage is a compilation of materia medica archives from the Homeopathic “founding fathers” of the century 1820-1920; one of the most prolific times in the history of Homeopathy!


Vermeulen: Vista Vintage


Hahnemann wrote

“When we have to do with an art whose end is the saving of human life, any neglect to make ourselves thoroughly masters of it, becomes a crime.”

In other words, it is incumbent upon all of us to become masters in our profession!

To that end, the VISTA project was made. This started when Frans Vermeulen unearthed a virtual treasure trove of archived American, English and German homeopathic medical journals from the years 1820-1920.

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  • Click here to see a case example & proving symptoms of Cenchris contortrix by James Tyler Kent.

During the century 1820-1920 Homeopathy was astoundingly alive and well in the United States.

  • Of the 100 or more journals Frans found, 80% were American and some consisted of 12 issues per year for over 50 years!
    • Some individual journal issues were volumes as large as 800 pages, nearer to an encyclopedia rather than the monthly offering of a subscription journal.
    • Frans read every one of the journals cover to cover, which ended up being about a million pages!
    • From that he carefully selected the creme-de-la-creme of the articles and placed them into one of two categories – materia medica or philosophy & methodology.

The result is about 7500 pages of materia medica for 764 remedies, called VISTA VINTAGE.


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This encyclopedic volume adds to our knowledge base on no fewer than 764 remedies; a combination of larger, well-known remedies and numerous lesser known ones.

  • Contents
    • Case reports: 2914
    • Clinical Observations: 365
    • Effects / Poisonings: 650
    • Materia Medica summaries: 36
    • Provings: 296
    • Self-experimentations: 325
    • Snippets (brief cases): 1414
      • Total: 6000!

  • Much of this information cannot be found anywhere else!
    • Additionally there are numerous remedies here that do not have any information in our usually available materia medica.
    • Previously undiscovered provings, cases and other valuable insights into the remedies have been collected for our edification.

One of the most practical and insightful features of this extensive new Materia Medica are the excellent “Vantage Points” by Linda Johnston.

Have look at some of the following examples:


Where else can you find 35 full case and 32 brief case reports of Belladonna, along with 14 additional articles about its medicinal and physiological effects?

  • Blatta orientalis has 9 cases. Where else can we find information on Cadmium iodatum or Cadmium oxydatum?
  • We modern homeopaths are not the first to investigate imponderables. There is a proving of Caeruleum iritis solis or blue light done in 1867.
  • The parasitic plant Epiphegus virginiana has 8 cases, 2 provings and 2 self-experimentations.
  • Gelsemium has 21 full cases, 17 brief cases and 17 other articles.
  • Baptisia has 17 full cases, 7 brief cases and 8 other articles.
  • A complete picture emerges of Nux moschata [nutmeg], with 12 full cases, 10 brief cases and 14 detailed poisonings.
  • There are 10 Vipera berus cases and 5 poisonings (envenomations) by this snake.
  • 10 Mercurius salts are represented. That is just the start!

Unabridged original material

  • Another helpful feature of this collection is that it preserves the exact original language of patients and provers as reported in the sources.
  • There is no need to change, abridge, edit or summarize symptoms due to considerations of repertory requirements or available space.
  • It can be startling to investigate a repertory rubric by searching for the original source. Often we discover a vast difference between what the patient or prover actually said and the version that ends up in our repertories. Shockingly, sometimes the rubric is the opposite of the original symptom
  • With Vista Vintage, we have the ability to read original sources and what a benefit that is!
  • About half of the remedies have an introduction called ‘Vantage Point’ that summarizes and comments on the entire section of an individual remedy, giving highlights of the information.

The 6000 entries in Vista Vintage come from 1703 [!] authors. Some of the better known ones that contributed substantially include H.C. Allen [44 contributions], E.W. Berridge [97 contributions], C.M. Boger [60], E.E. Case [43], John Henry Clarke [14], E.M. Hale [57], C. Hering [26], and J.T. Kent [49]. There are many lesser known Homeopaths who also contributed.


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