Hahnemann was happy for the first time; I nursed him as one nurses a newborn child, I was his barber, his valet, his secretary. I loved and admired him so much that I would have served him on my bended knees. Never was tenderness more fully returned, never was a union stronger. This perfect and longed for happiness, that each of us had found in its moral perfection, was attained by our marriage. It lasted until death and was never destroyed in spite of the extreme difference of age; thus it was again proved, that those who share the same views are of the same age.
Hahnemann associated me with his work; I served as interpreter and secretary when patients came to consult him, because he wrote everything; as his doctrine rests entirely upon the expression of symptom it cannot be practised without written notes. He made me learn his “Materia Medica pura,” a dry and difficult study; but as I possess an extraordinarily good memory it remained so well and so completely impressed upon my mind that whilst the patient told his symptoms I pointed out, in German to the doctor, the remedies in which this symptom was to be found. In this way I considerably shortened for him the search that every homoeopathy however capable is obliged to make if he wishes to cure. Hahnemann had created the “Materia Medica” but he did not remember all the single details so well as I did. When he once had the few remedies which I indicated to him and from which he always made his selection, his work became so easy that he could see a larger number of patients without becoming tired out each time. It gave him inexpressible joy to disclose to me all the mysteries of his science of healing. I must have been very stupid if I had not made rapid progress with such a teacher. He entrusted me entirely with the treatment of the poor who came at four o’clock and frequently numbered more than a hundred. Hahnemann sometimes looked in at this consultation hour more for the sake of enjoying the benedictions which were showered upon me, and for the sake of seeing me distribute the alms which I gave to the working people, who in their illness lacked necessaries, than in order to solve medical difficulties which might impede my work; for the good results were constant. The large afflux of patients proved it. All that I did in those days passed for his work, and I was quite satisfied that it should be so, and when he said to me: “Really I could not do better myself, I wish the world could know what a good homoeopath you are” (this was written by him own hand) I used to reply:
My life to yours is closely bound, To your happiness devoted, My place in your noble heart I found, No other in this world do I desire.
(The above words are engraved on Hahnemann’s watch chain-R.H.)
Hahnemann’s results overshadowed very much the other homoeopathic of Paris, and they, like those of Germany, gave away to petty jealousies; in order to depreciate him they said: “Hahnemann is only an old ruin, a shadow of his former self; what good can he do at his age? It is his wife who does everything.” The public replied: “They cure a lot in that house; the marvellous cures which issue from there re-echo throughout the world, and if they are not accomplished by the Doctor, Madame Hahnemann must be a very good homoeopath.” As regards fees Hahnemann only demanded payments from rich people. He said to them: “I am the servant of the poor, but not yours; if you spend considerable sums on useless trifles you can well afford to pay the physician who saves your life and give him what he demands.” But then his claims were very modest, usually 100 francs, and they never exceeded 400 francs a month even when the illness required constant attention, and frequently nightwork, so that it often happened that the fees requested by the second physician who was asked by the family to announce a bulletin about the patient several times a day, were considerably higher than those which Hahnemann demanded. For instance, for the serious illness of the Marquise of L., daughter of the millionaire Colot, Dr. Hahnemann received, 1,600 francs, and his useless adjunct physician drew 2,500 francs.