The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed.1
1 His mission is not, however, to construct so-called systems, by interweaving empty speculations and hypotheses concerning the internal essential nature of the vital processes and the mode in which diseases originate in the interior of the organism, (whereon so many physicians have hitherto ambitiously wasted their talents and their time); nor is it to attempt to give countless explanations regarding the phenomena in diseases and their proximate cause (which must ever remain concealed), wrapped in unintelligible words and an inflated abstract mode of expression, which should sound very learned in order to astonish the ignorant – whilst sick humanity sighs in vain for aid. Of such learned reveries (to which the name of theoretic medicine is given, and for which special professorships are instituted) we have had quite enough, and it is now high time that all who call themselves physicians should at length cease to deceive suffering mankind with mere talk, and begin now, instead, for once to act, that is, really to help and to cure.
JT Kent’s Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica:
Manganum – page 723
As far as we have gone we see that everything brings out that very idea and the nature of things that Hahnemann talks about in his first paragraph, that the sole duty of the physician is to pay his attention to the sick, to the patient himself; and who is this patient himself? This is what we have been talking about, this is what we have been trying to bring out here; and all the particulars that I shall take up corroborate these very things. These particulars are so linked with these generals talked about that they make a grand unity of thought, and we cannot separate them.
Outline by Julian Winston (2001): The physician’s only mission is to cure the sick; it is not to speculate on the nature of disease.
Dr. L. M. Khan (2004): (In one of his lectures Dr. LM Khan highlighted that to understand the meaning of cure as per Hahnemann himself, we need to look into his Materia Medica Pura where Hahnemann says this is “recovery undisturbed by after-sufferings”. I marked this in my Organon book and now quoting it here from Hahnemann’s Materia Medica Pura — Dr. Anil Singhal). Under China, while Hahnemann emphasised the power of china, Hahnemann wrote “one single very small dose will often effect a marvellous cure. I say cure, and by this I mean a ‘recovery undisturbed by after-sufferings’ or have practitioners of the ordinary stamp another, to me unknown, idea of what constitutes a cure?
This aphorism at a glance in different editions of Organon of Medicine: