It naturally comes into our minds to celebrate the birthday of Samuel Hahnemann on the eleventh day of April. Some will do this by a banquet, some by speeches, some by silent heart-throbs. Some will celebrate openly and outwardly, while in secret they administer tinctures in physiological doses and compound tablets, and alternate two medicines, neither of which is related to the sickness in hand. The silent, heartfelt thankfulness that Hahnemann was born and lived his life and left us the results of his discoveries in the ORGANON, CHRONIC DISEASES and MATERIA MEDICA PURA, is the best way to celebrate this wonderful man’s birthday.
Hahnemann fulfilled his usefulness, and no man ever took his place. This is true of all great and useful men. Every man that does his utmost in useful work leaves no one to do his work. Every man must seek his own work and do it; men fail when they try to fulfill another man’s work. Many great men have followed Hahnemann; each has done his own work. Men have become great in Homoeopathy in following the principles laid down in Hahnemann’s ORGANON, in teaching, translating, compiling, and prescribing, but not a single man has become noted by using tinctures, compound tablets, or ignoring the doctrines of potentization. Some of these have become noted politicians, but none of them have been noted teaching the Philosophy or the Materia Medica. The men who have been noted teachers in our Materia Medica have been men who have openly stood for the principles of potentization, the single remedy, the similar remedy, and all the principles found in the ORGANON. All such men will celebrate the birthday of Samuel Hahnemann; many others will make speeches, and eat and drink and be merry.