In cancer patients, when painful conditions arise, for instance diarrhea or urinary disturbances, caution in prescribing is necessary, that a remedy not be administered covering only the acute condition. Any prescription based on the more superficial, acute disorder, not covering the deeper, chronic, carcinomatous nature, will result in amelioration of the acute disorder only. Meanwhile suffering from the deeper affection will increase, and the progress of the deeper, malignant disorder will be more rapid.
Any prescription, to be of benefit to the patient, must have the nature of the chronic, as much as the nature of the acute manifestation.
The aim of the physician, first, last, and always, must be to find the remedy which most closely corresponds to the patient, and prescribe for the patient, whatever manifestation that patient may suffer, when the prescription is selected.
In cancer-patients, incurability depends upon the fact that few symptoms except those of the cancerous tissue change are obtainable. The sharp pains, the ulceration, and the anemia are symptoms of the ultimate disorder. Finding symptoms that preceded this period is necessary for gaining any curative results.
Ultimates do not indicate the remedy for the patient.
J.T.Kent, Lesser Writings
Presented by Katja Schütt, Facekom.