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Only the mixing of several simple ingredients, so that it might become medicine (medicamentum) was exclusively assigned to the chemist (the assistant of the old school physician, who had to prescribe mixtures in his prescriptions, lege artis) by the law, so that no other, but a qualified chemist, should assume the right to do it.

But they wish to compel the homoeopathic physician, through fear of a fine of 50 thalers, to have his simplexes prepared by a chemist, a man whose privilege is the mixing of medicines, that means reversing the laws before the eyes of the whole world in order to overthrow homoeopathy, the new and better science of healing quovis modo, so that the old harmful prescribing might triumph on its ruins. For no ordinary apothecary understands sufficiently well how to prepare the homoeopathic remedies in this new way, and none of the apothecaries-for they all consider homoeopathy to be unprofitable and are all enemies of it-I say no apothecary would, even if he understood it, prepare the remedies in all moral probability, without deceit, and so conscientiously that the homoeopath could rely upon them as if he had prepared them himself and handed them on to the patient.

The homoeopathic physician gives his prepared simplex gratis, so that the poorest of the people may rejoice in the rehabilitation of his health-salus publica summa lex esto-the apothecary is dependent on payment even from the poorest, although the latter had to sell his bed for it.

The homoeopathic physician has no need of medicines (medicamentum) in the sense of the old undistorted medical laws, for the treatment of his patients; how then could he be forced to employ for the simpler medicines that he dispenses free of charge, the assistant of the physician who writes the prescriptions, the mixer of medicines, as homoeopathy only deals with simple remedies which are given to patients, and not with mixtures of several strong substances, which the apothecary alone has the privilege of dispensing, and nothing else. The apothecary is not even allowed to sell in retail solid simplicias, therefore he surely cannot have the right to dispose the simplicias of the homoeopathic physician.

The assistant which the State has granted to the old school physician who mixes his medicines, is not needed by the homoeopath for the dispensing of his simple substances, and it was never mentioned in medical laws before their falsification; he needs no mixing of several substances into a medicine from the apothecary, on which alone rests the right of the chemist-he does not need his help; and see, officia obtrudi non possunt (obligations cannot be forced upon-R.H.) according to an old and well-known rule of justice. It is true that the physicians of the old school only superficially know the new teaching, but this much they know of it, that the new art of healing is impracticable and would therefore be pitilessly extirpated, if it is made impossible quovis modo for homoeopathic physicians to do their own dispensing (for their helpfulness in sickness, rests in the self-dispensing of conscientiously chosen simple remedies so that the patient may rest assured he has received the right remedy, which could never be so certain through a third person). This old Guild which as medical board and family physician to those who make laws, has the upper hand in the State, and acts as the judge in its own case, although of the opposite party, and the most just judges are led astray and forced to suppress ignominiously the better thing-because they give themselves out to be the only ones in office, the only artis periti (experts- R.H.) and what arouses most surprise, proclaim to be conscientious friends of man.

Videant Consules, ne res publica detrimentum capiat. (Let the consuls see that the state suffers no harm-R.H.). The Ministry has been wrongly informed with regard to the earnings of an apothecary on the dispensing of homoeopathic simple remedies, if it has assigned to them a considerable gain.

I beg of the High Ministry of ecclesiastical, educational and medical institutions, to recall their counter prohibition of March 31st, 1832, of the existing undistorted medical laws, with definite words, so as to prove themselves just, in the honest mind of the present world and of posterity, without humouring these although ancient yet harmful medical guilds, to the disadvantage of suffering humanity and their true helpers.

This is the writing of a true and freedom-loving homoeopathic physician, and lying friend of suffering humanity.

Richard Haehl
Richard M Haehl 1873 - 1932 MD, a German orthodox physician from Stuttgart and Kirchheim who converted to homeopathy, travelled to America to study homeopathy at the Hahnemann College of Philadelphia, to become the biographer of Samuel Hahnemann, and the Secretary of the German Homeopathic Society, the Hahnemannia.

Richard Haehl was also an editor and publisher of the homeopathic journal Allgemcine, and other homeopathic publications.

Haehl was responsible for saving many of the valuable artifacts of Samuel Hahnemann and retrieving the 6th edition of the Organon and publishing it in 1921.
Richard Haehl was the author of - Life and Work of Samuel Hahnemann