Excerpt from The American Journal of Homoeopathy, 1853, Vol. 7
Others thoughts to persuade us that a pre dominance of acid was the proximate cause of all diseases, and they prescribed nothing but alkalies. An attempt to ally itself with them was made by the old sect, which referred all kinds of acute diseases, especially the epidemic maladies, to a common poison which they contended often developed itself in the interior of the body, and sought for the antidote of this poison, which they believed to be the general excitant' of most diseases, in absorbent alkaline earths, but especially in the stony concretions found in the stomach of an antelope (bezoar) and in the most heating spices mixed with opium (mithridate, theriac, philonium, Their abuse of the earthy powders has ex tended down to modern times, and their evil demon, the empirical universal abuse of opium, has now possessed some sects of the present time, who have thought of other reasons for their misapplication of this remedy for special cases as a positively universal remedy.
C. L. Hoffmann imagined that he had an equal right to set forth as a universal truth his own particular notion that almost all diseases arose from a kind of putridity, and were to be cured with remedies which his school de nominates antiseptics.
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