NECESSITY FOR A HOSPITAL.
THANKS FOR BOOKS.
Dr. Rummel wrote to Hahnemann, from Merseburg March 6th, 1831 : In the name of the Homoeopathic Society I am tendering you the thanks of the members for your present of books made to them. I have mentioned your gift to the Director for this year, as well as to our good friend Stapf, and ordered them in Leipsic to see how this gift can best be capitalised, unless the books are likely to be of value in the future, when opening a Homoeopathic Clinic, in which case they will have to be stored.
Hahnemann to Boenninghausen : Cothen, March 16th, 1831.
The proposal which you have put before me in your written formulary is sensible, and it would be advisable to fill in the headings according to your and my wishes. Perhaps I would be able to manage something similar, if only I were forty years younger. But even then I would not be able to do justice to the task unless I had a homoeopathic hospital entirely at my disposal, so that I might be able to verify the many points which are contested. Because, among the available symptoms so far recorded, so far recorded, there are still many obscure points which greatly need confirmation and revision. Who would wish to draw positive results from these in their present state? It is a marvel that so much that is true has been evolved through the few people whom I could, by an effort, induce to undertake provings, and who at the same time did not have equally good capacities for observation. Have pity on the great maiden science! One single individual could not possibly put it in its final form, thousands are needed for it, as also helpful channels, such as a well organised hospital, the most indispensable help of all for this purpose, yet in spite of their united longings the homoeopaths have not hitherto had the good fortune to receive this concession from any Sovereign.
In order to render the available material really useful to the physicians, your repertory, compiled with untold labour, would indeed be of great use to the world if you could make up your mind to issue it in print. You would render invaluable services to the homoeopathic physicians, who have neither the time nor the intellect to compile anything similar for themselves. I would urge you not to let your great modesty deter you from this. I ask you in the name of suffering humanity. Cothen, April 24th, 1831. If we only had a homoeopathic hospital, under State protection, with a teacher attached to it, who could instruct students in the practice of homoeopathy, the rapid propagation of our science, as well as a solid education for the young homoeopaths of the future, would be assured. The little fund of 3,000 thalers we have for it, is lying dormant. But who knows how wonderful God’s ways may be for bringing things about.
COLLECTION FOR THE HOSPITAL OF LEIPSIC.
Dr. Rummel to Hahnemann: Merseburg, March 22nd, 1832.
I have not yet announced the receipt of the ducat which I have added to the fund; it will be published in the “Zeitung fur Homoeopathie.” Slowly the capital continues to grow, and the slow thinking and ill advised Government will give us time to collect more, because at present I hardly think that we should obtain permission, even if we had sufficient money for the erection of a Clinic. Foreign countries will have to come first- as this seems to be the case at Lyons-before we slow Germans decide to give recognition to your discovery.
Ernst Georg von Brunnow wrote to Hahnemann: Dresden, November 4th, 1832. It is very gratifying to think that at last the great undertaking of a homoeopathic hospital at Leipsic is coming to life. I am convinced that the homoeopathically thinking public will take a lively interest in this important event, and will support it to the best of their abilities. I have already received in Dresden from several people the provisional promise of yearly subscription. I am only awaiting the Statutes of the homoeopathic Society in order to solicit a fair number of friends and acquaintances to become members. Undoubtedly we have to thank the noble Minister von Lindenau for the concession that a homoeopathic hospital may be founded by the homoeopathic physicians of Leipsic. Dr. Clarus may be very indignant about it. Heaven grant that the first experiments may be crowned with success, and instill due respect into our scoffing opponents. I hear that Dr. Schweikert is to be the Director of the new clinic.