HAHNEMANNS PREVISION OF BACTERIOLOGY A MISCONCEPTION


The cause of this is undoubtedly the invisible cloud that hovers closely around the sailors who have remained free from the disease composed of probably millions of the miasmatic (meaning, developed from miasm) animated beings which at first developed on the broad marshy banks of the tepid ganges always searching out in preference the human being to his destruction.


(Read at the Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College Students Re-union, 1952)

But shortly, my friend is of opinion that what Hahnemann wrote as dynamic influence is the work of the Bacteria. Parasites, the invisible, microscopic living creatures so on and so forth according to his quotations from Hahnemanns Lesser Writings. But I beg to say now and always it is not the case. For, infection takes place by affection of Vital Force by immaterial, invisible, miasmatic influences which ultimate to material change where you find Bacteria, Bacilli etc.

The meaning of the dynamic influence has been clearly explained by Hahnemann in the 7th foot note at page 99 (6th edition, Organon). There he writes “The dynamic effect of the sick – making influences upon healthy man as well as the dynamic energy of the medicines upon the vital principle in the restoration of health, is nothing else than infection and so not in any way material, not in any way mechanical, just as the energy of a magnet attracting a piece of iron or steel is not material or mechanical.

It is purely specific conceptual influence that communicates to a near child small pox or measles in the same way as a magnet communicated to the near needle its magnetic property. (pg. 100 Organon 6th Edn.) Again, if one looks upon something nauseous and becomes inclined to vomit, did a material emetic come into his stomach which compels him to this antiperistaltic movement? Was it not solely the dynamic effect of the nauseating aspect upon his imagination? These examples clearly show what Hahnemann meant by infection in the year 1833 and in 1843.

Like small pox or measles, Cholera infection also takes place in an immaterial way and immaterial fear may help the spread and cause even deaths which practical experience daily proves beyond any shadow of doubt. Those who care very little for life are seldom attacked or die. These bold hearts serve the sick with little or precaution with modern antiseptics but by the grace of God remain safe, sound and steady with their own strength of mind.

Thus, we see Hahnemann speaks of vital force, disease – producing force and medicinal force, all these are invisible, immaterial, conceptual and spirit like forces. Surely then Hahnemann freed himself from the materialism of his time. To drag him down to the material plain of Bacteriology, is a sin which every thinking rational Homoeopath should avoid religiously. To inaugurate the Bacteria theory and infuse it into the minds of innocent students instead of Susceptibility or Vital weakness as cause of disease as said by Hahnemann, is simply to axe our Hahnemannian Homoeopathy.

It will not be, therefore, unreasonable for me to say that our friend labouriously culled and wreathed the flowers of 1831 in a chaplet to place it on the hallowed head of Hahnemann in the year 1833 when they were deprived of beauty and fragrance. Plainly speaking our friend quotes Hahnemanns statement from his Lesser Writings published in 1831, on spread of Cholera occurring on board ships on the river Ganges in India.

He is reported to have said:- “In the confined spaces, filled with mouldy, watery vapors the cholera miasm finds a favourite element for its multiplication and grows (please note here, the real meaning, the invisible cholera miasm gradually develops into material form from internal, invisible, immaterial state as is natural in every infection) into an enormously increased brood of these excessively minute, invisible living creatures so inimical to life of which the contagious matter of cholera most probably consists.

The cause of this is undoubtedly the invisible cloud that hovers closely around the sailors who have remained free from the disease composed of probably millions of the miasmatic (meaning, developed from miasm) animated beings which at first developed on the broad marshy banks of the tepid ganges always searching out in preference the human being to his destruction.

Dirghangi G.