THE CHOLERA EPOCH
INQUIRIES FROM HOMOEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS.
We can only give a few extracts from letters of homoeopathic physicians asking Hahnemann’s advice and instruction in special cases of disease, together with a relating to more general questions on this subject, in order not to make this work too voluminous.
Dr. Rummel wrote to Hahnemann:
Merseburg, 15.6.31. Speaking candidly I am not always successful with it [with intermittent fever-R.H.) even with anti- psoric remedies, although some cases subside quite soon with Bryonia and other remedies. What is the reason of it? Chinin, sulph. helps them quickly in all cases, but another attack always follows. We lack here another specific for intermittent fever, such as Aconite in inflammatory conditions.
After Hahnemann’s reply Rummel wrote further:
Merseburg 15.7.31. I have taken to heart your very instructive letter, and since then I have already cured several cases of intermittent fever which were particularly protracted, with Bryonia and Ant. tart. That I cannot always succeed without China or rather Chinin. is due perhaps to the imperfect knowledge I have of the proved remedies, but I think that I shall progress gradually with it. This is of course fraught with great difficulties in my case, as I cannot increase my knowledge from the teaching of a more experienced homoeopath, hut have had to learn everything from books or by experience.
Dr. Franz of Leipsic seeks Hahnemann’s advice, regarding his own health.
Also Dr. Stapf of Naumburg, repeatedly appeals to Hahnemann for the treatment of his daughter, when he is in doubt.
Dr. H. Frankel, of Sondersleben wrote on November 29th, 1833:
I have openly acknowledged my great esteem for you, and I hope that an essay of mine (a parallel between the ancient and the homoeopathic empirical school) which will appear shortly, will convince you more of it. If I judge you rightly you will not blame me, if I do not intend to follow blindly a great man in all things.
There are further letters from:
Dr. Fleischmann of Vienna (with a detailed report of his own illness).
Anton Fischer, Surgeon and Obstetrician of Raigern, near Brunn (Mahren ) who sends, together with some extraordinary reports of cures,
40 Rth. for the hospital Leipsic from Count Joseph Schafgotsche, and 5 Rth. from himself.
Gregor Capdebo of Bazacrhaza in Temesvares Banal.
Bernardin Czervinka, surgeon of the citizenship of Neusatz, near Peterwardein.
Dr. Kurtz, of Biebrich, had already frequently received remedies for himself from Hahnemann, and wrote desiring further treatment on June 24th, 1836:
And now I add a petition, which you said you would grant me in your first esteemed letter, but which you have not mentioned again. It is that you would kindly name the remedies you have given me from the very beginning of my treatment until now, and in what dilution. It is not curiosity on my part, but in the interest of science, that I entreat you for this disclosure, and you will probably get rid of me more quickly by so doing, as they were the correct remedies for the destruction of Psora in my system. You have lain the foundation-stone for the welfare of humanity; let others continue to build upon it and help then with revelations like the one I am begging from you.
(Hahnemann detailed on the letter a list of remedies (8) which he probably communicated to the writer, from Paris.)
Dr. Luther, sen., Ragusa, on April 20th, 1833, asks for help and advice concerning his daughter aged 3 years and 3 months.
Dr. Mosthoff, practitioner at Dirmstein, in Rheinbayern near Frankenthal, asks for advice concerning a 30 years old patient, whom he has treated wrongly, and encloses a report covering 18 quarto folios.
Hofrath Dr. Muhlenbein of Brunswick, frequently puts cases before, Hahnemann for approval-in November, 30; February, 33; June, 33; and in July, 33.
Dr. Schwarze, of Dresden, a private practitioner of 25 years standing, on August 8th, 1833, asked for Hahnemann’s advice regarding his own health. It was a question of gastric troubles which he describes minutely; he expresses at the same time his regret at being unable to undertake the journey to Kothen on August 10th.
I hope that through your help which I venture to claim again to-day, I may benefit so much that I may have the happiness of making your acquaintance, you who are immortal, so that I may assure you from the depths of my soul, of my great veneration, faithful adherence, and deep gratitude. May God grant it! I have often felt very angry that many so-called homoeopaths follow inexcusable by-paths and wrong ways, and I can well imagine how very much it must hurt you to have such experiences with your pupils. Yet there are only a few of these! They will find out how far their blindness will carry them. But when they publish their views and defend them, the least and mildest I can say of them, is that they show the worst ingratitude towards the immortal founder of Homoeopathy, their great teacher!