Thursday, 24 September 2020

Non-English Terminology in Organon of Medicine (Deciphering the terminology )

 Latin words:

  • Ab usu in morbis – Knowledge obtained from the use of medicines in diseases
  • Adjuvantia – Assisting medicine to principle medicine
  • Aequalia aequalibus curantur – Treat equals by equals; Identicals by identicals
  • Aude Sapere – ‘Dare to know’, ‘Have courage of your own convictions; dare to be wise'
  • Beruf-  ‘Vocation’ or ‘Profession’ used by Hahnemann
  • Berufung- Historically, Beruf is derived from Berufung which means a ‘calling’ or ‘mission’
  • Causa chronicorum morborum  – Causes of chronic diseases
  • Causa effectus chronicorum non venorium – Cause of non-venereal chronic diseases
  • Causa occassionalis – Manifest exciting and maintaining cause
  • Cessat effectus cessat causa – If the effects (diseases) cease then cause ceases too
  • Cito, toto et jucunde – Quickly, safely and pleasantly (It was the motto of Asclepiades) 
  • Confortantia- Stimulating or Strengthening medicine
  • Contraria contrariis curentur- Let opposites be cured by opposites
  • Corrigens – Corrective remedy

  • Darup treasure- Sixth edition of Organon of Medicine was termed as Darup treasure
  • Duce Nature- Follow the nature

  • De morborum epidemicorum – On the epidemic diseases
  • Disease per se- Morbid process of functioning of the life principle
  • Diseases sui generic- Different kind of diseases
  • Duce natura – ‘Follow the nature’ or ‘guided by nature’
  • Echte helbig – Real path of healing
  • Excitantia and Roborantia- Exciting and stimulating medicine
  • Fragmenta deviribus medica mentorum positivis sivi insano corpora humano observatis – ‘Fragmentary observation relative to positive power of medicine on human body’
  • Genus epidemicus – Specific medicine which becomes indicated in a particular epidemic at least for most of the cases
  • Insuratio magma: It is the work of Bacon. It means great instauration.
  • Lege artis – According to the law of art
  • Materia pecans – Material cause of disease
  • Minister naturae- ‘Helpers of nature’ or ‘Servant of crude power of nature'
  • Nervina- ‘Stimulating medicines’ or ‘tonica’
  • Non inutilis vixi – Not lived in vain (It is the inscription on Hahnemann’s grave.)
  • Non plus ultra – There is nothing more beyond, than to imitate nature
  • Nota bena- Note well
  • Novum organum scientiarum: It is the work of Lord Bacon (written in 1620). It means new organ of logical works.
  • O tempora! O mores! – O the time! O the way
  • Placere – To please
  • Prima causa morbi- Primary cause of disease
  • Psora agria – Psora
  • Secundum artem – According to rule
  • Similia similibus curantur – Treat similar by similar
  • Similia similibus curentur – Let similar be treated by similar
  • Si modo essent – If only they were or if existed
  • Status morbi – The diseases state
  • Supporters- Supporting medicine
  • Surrogatus or surrogate- ‘One medicine in place of other’ or Substitute.
  • Tolle causam – Remove the cause
  • Ungueta nervina – Strengthening medicine
  • Vis medicatrix – Instead of medicine
  • Vis medicatrix naturae – Depend on nature instead of medicine, The healing power of nature

Greek words:

  • Anamnesis - ‘Cause of diseases’- Hippocrates
  • Dynamis – Vital principle
  • Epidemion- Epidemic
  • Gnothi seauton- know thyself
  • Homoeopathos – Homoeo meaning ‘similar’ or like’ and pathos means ‘sufferings’
  • Heikunde der erfahrung: Medicine of experience published in 1805.  It is considered as the forerunner of Organon.
  • Idiosyncrasy- An individual’s constitutional peculiarity
  • Medicamens au globule: It means medicine of the globules. It was the name given to 50 millesimal potency.
  • Medicamens a la goultte: It means medicines of the drop. It was the name given to Centesimal potency.
  • Miasma: It means heavy vaporous exhalations, noxious influences, polluted material, putrid vegetable matter etc.
  • Organon: It was Aristotle who used this word for the first time. It means instrument of work, a method of scientific investigation.
  • Psora- Groove or stigma
  • Sycosis- Fig
German words :

  • Die Chronische Krankheiten – The chronic diseases
  • Die wirkuugen des kaffee’s- The effects of coffee
  • Medicaments a la goutte – centesimal scale
  • Medicaments au globule – 50 millesimal scale
  • Mongrel sects – Cross breed dogs
  • Organon der heilkunst- Organon of healing art
  • Organon der rationellen heilkunde- Organon of the rational of healing art, first edition of Organon of Medicine 
  • Reine arzneimittellehre – Materia medica pura

French words:

  • Drogue – A dry herb
  • Ague- Fever, usually malarial
  • Medicine electrisitas- Electricity as medicine

Hebrew word:
  • Tsorat- Psora

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