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Hahnemann, The great genius and patient investigator


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Author : Dr. P.S. Rawat, B.Sc., B.M.S.,(Lkw.), B.H.M.S. (JPR.) Professor Chandola Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital
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Article Updated: Sep 08, 2011


As said:  "Behind every great man, there is either a great teacher or great parent.  They have important role in making a man of a man."

No man is born great, greatness is conferred on him by others in recognition of his good acts.  Christian Frederic Samuel Hahnemann, the third child amongst the several children of Christian Gottfried Hahnemann, the father and Johanna Carl Spiessen, the mother, was a talented boy.  He was admitted in the town school on 20 July, 1767.  His father after giving primary education sent him as an apprentice to a grocery store in Leipzig, so that the young boy could earn as early as possible.   Magister Muller, the head of the town school, the great teacher and some other teachers heard of the episode.  They urged the father to allow Hahnemann to return to the school without usual fee.

Hahnemann's natural leanings towards medical science was first exposed during his school leaving ceremony at Princess School when he delivered the Latin oration titled "The wonderful construction of human hand."

On 10 April, 1779 at the age of 24 years, Hahnemann got his degree "Doctor of Medicine" from Erlangen University.  Later being dissatisfied with the then medical system, he left practising medicine and used to earn his and his family's livelihood by translation of original writings, etc. on medical science, hygiene, etc.

From 1790-1796, Hahnemann discovered homoeopathy while translating Cullen's Material Medica and the way cinchona suppresses ague.  He got determined to cut the Gordian knot by making a trial of medicine on his own body.  No sooner thought than done.  He took accordingly at several times strong doses of cinchona, such as the physician of the days prescribed for the sick.  How great was his astonishment when he found himself suffering from a strong paroxysm of ague.  Then flashed on his mind the lucid thought, which gave him the key of all specific treatment "Does the Cinchona bark, he asked himself, which cures ague, produce the same.  Is the so called specific curing power based on this principle?"  He then tried a series of active substances singly on himself.  A total of 99 drug substances were proved by him.

Like Homoeopathy, Som Chikitsa, was one of the principles of treatment known to Vedic rishis of India topped by Charaka (estimated about 4000 to 2000 years B.C.)

Similia Similibus Curantur:  Likes cure likes or others hestitatingly enunciate it Similia Similibus Curantur - Let likes be cured by likes.  The law of Similar is Nature's law of cure and has been in force since the creation itself.

The Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) universally regarded as the father of scientific medicine worked nearly on the same principle.  Paracelsus (1490-1541 AD) has a similar opinion.  He publicly burnt the works of Galen
(131-200 AD) holding that complete break of the past was essential to progress.  But their contribution could not survive because -

  1. None of them could find out and establish a definite natural law exclusively for actual cure.
  2. None of them could work out and establish a definite working method for applying this principle in the field of therapeutics.

It was only Hahnemann who for the first time established medicine on the firm basis of facts perceived by human senses including the sixth sense mentioned by him as the "other senses (S84) completely free from all  form of abstract ideas and transcendental speculation" (S6).

The main hindrance to apply the principle "Similia Similibus Curantur" was severe adverse effect after administration of the drug in crude form on Similia basis, as it was purported to create a stronger and similar disease manifestation.  In most cases, a destructive aggravation stood in the way of its application.

Hahnemann started thinking how the material substance could be minimised yet maintaining its therapeutic efficacy.  The process of simple dilution proved futile.  After doing series of repeated diligent (hard  working) experiments and observations he succeeded in inventing the process of Trituration and Succussion, the very special process of homoeo drug preparation of various strengths.

Hahnemann could do away with the principal obstacle by the invention of his very simple but amazingly efficacious method viz enormous reduction of the dose of medicine by thhe process of potentisation.  By this process, the material drug substance could be reduced almost to nil and the therapeutic energy librated to maximum, while in this state, the drugs maintained their individual specificity.  Thus, by this process highly toxic or inert substances could be most safely and most beneficially be used for therapeutic purpose - this is what we call Arndt Schultz law.  Without this process of potentisation Hahnemann's entire contribution to medicine would have remained a theory only, with little or no practical application s in the cases of ancient thinkers.

To sum up according to Dr. Mahendra Singh:

The boy who prospered inspite of poverty, the student who earned his living by teaching, the man who wandered through 24 towns, two countries, proved 99 medicines, wrote 12 volumes, 70 original essays,  translated 24 volumes, published more than 50000 printed pages, and who was so poor that he had to wash his clothes with potatoes, could afford to buy only one loaf per day for the whole family, the man who was the object of pride of the profession and then violent antagonism, who was applauded, vilified, and again glorified, who never got freedom from poverty and want of privation and persecutions, criticism, and ridicule, faced his end with calmness of a prophet with the words "I have not lived in vain."


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Glad to know about the history of Dr.HANEHMAN.It is interesting to know that he became the Doctor of Medicine at the age of 24.
  Comment by: Dr.paul murugan, India.    on Mar 28, 2014 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

The height that great men reached and kept: were attained,not by sudden flight:: but they:while their companions slept:: by toiling hard by night:: Dr: M.Rengaswamy
  Comment by: M.R.Swamy, India.    on Sep 11, 2011 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

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