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About Dr. Hahnemann

Dr Samuel Christian Frederic Hahnemann

M.D. - (1755-1843)

Dr Samuel Christian Frederic Hahnemann

M.D. - (1755-1843)
Samuel Hahnemann was the founder of Homoeopathy. He was born in Meissen, Germany in 1755, the second child of a famous porcelain painter. A thin, delicate and highly intelligent child. At the age of twenty four he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Erlangen. He start practicing as a doctor, during this period medicinal practice was unregulated and dangerous such as bloodletting, leeching, etc. He became increasingly disgusted with this treatment modality and concern about harming. Thus, he gave up the practice of medicine.
Because Hahnemann gave up the medical practice, to support his family he chose to translate foreign medical texts into his native German language. In 1789 when translating, “A Treatise of Materia Medica” by Dr William Cullen, Hahnemann first conceived of his homeopathic method. He decided to experiment on himself with one of the drugs mentioned in that work, Cinchona or Peruvian bark. Hahnemann took six years to collect enough evidence to release his findings to the scientific and medical community. He explained the laws of similars doctrine and demonstrated it in many substances. The concept of “like cure like” exist from the time of Hippocrates has finally validated. Birth of homeopathy happens in the year 1796.
He is called the Father of Experimental Pharmacology because he was the first physician to prepare medicines in a specialized way; proving them on healthy human beings, to determine how the medicines acted to cure diseases. Before Hahnemann, medicines were given on speculative indications, mainly on the basis of authority without experimental verification. He established the fundamental principles of the science and art of Homoeopathy.
Major works of Hahnemann:

Organon of Medicine. This is the fundamental writings on Homeopathy and is the codification of its principle, philosophy and practice. The book is written in 294 Aphorisams.

Materia Medica Pura: It is compiled of Observations relative to the Positive Powers of medicinal substances whose pure pathogenic action he had ascertained by experiments on himself, his family, and a few friends.

The Chronic Diseases, Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homoeopathic Cure: Dr Hahnemann after 12 years of the most painstaking work he identified three miasm’s as the fundamental cause that persist in human beings with chronic ailments. These are Psoric miasm, Sycotic miasm and Syphilitic miasm.

Lesser Writings: Lesser writing is a compilation of the writings of Hahnemann, collected and translated by R E Dudgeon. It contains articles, papers, letters and other correspondence by Hahnemann starting from the period several years prior to his discovery of Homeopathy till towards the fag end of his life.