Lebinitz tried to solve this riddle by postulating that mind and brain did not interact, but kept time like two perfectly synchronised clocks. He asserted that it was because they had been wound up and set going at exactly the same moment with the result that each tick in one synchronised with each tick in the other.
Amongst the prominent homoeopaths of this time were Dr. Leopold Salzer, Dr. Preonath Bose and Dr. Gobinda Chandra Ray. The year 1878 witnessed a very unhappy incident. Dr. Mahendralal Sircar who was a member of the Faculty of Medicine of the Calcutta University was practically forced to resign on account of his conversion to homoeopathy.
Blood letting to an unbelievable degree was in favour. It is said that Leopold of Austria, and Count Cavour the Saviour of of Italy were amongst the illustrious victims; while Raphael, Lord Byron and a host of celebrities were seriously injured by bleeding. Polypharmacy grew like anything. We are told that the largest number of ingredients recorded in one prescription was four hundred.
Hahnemanns life is an open book to many of you. On this auspicious occasion I would be failing in my duty if I do not present before you, some salient features of his personality which does often eclipse Hahnemann the physician. His was an integrated personality with myriads of facets each of which was as brilliant as the other, and any one of which would have made one immortal in the history of man.
Logically the best way to restore the integrity of the vital energy at the earliest stages of the advent of disease would be by applying gentle dynamic stimuli according to natures laws of healing rather than by using violent methods or crude force. When dealing with disease and restoration of health, we are in the realm of dynamics rather than matter. Disease and medicines can act on the body only in a nonmaterial dynamic way.
Dr. Hahnemann after getting through successfully in Leipzig and Vienna universities obtained his degree of M.D. from Erlangen (Germany); and thence – forward started his practice. After ten years of practice he was so much disgusted with the orthodox ways and means of treatment, that he gave up his practice and maintained himself by translating medical works, as he was a master of many languages.
In most of their cases, if the selected remedy acted for them, it was only in a beneficial way. They have never seen the return of old symptoms or the sharp aggravation followed by a long period of well – being on the patients part. These same men have voiced disappointment with many cases from which they expected brilliant results from the prescription that was made.
Under all the present opposition, taunting sneers, etc., homoeopathic physicians must stand their ground, meet critics on a high level of competence, with no slinking away, no sense of inferiority. They must stand up, be counted and take the lead that is theirs. Early Homoeopaths did that and in the early days there was more appreciation and admiration for what these doctors could do.
Namely for years we have been advocating that s three years course in medical aid, or even two years course, is adequate to turn out reasonably efficient practitioners of medical aid. The Chinese being realists have gone even further. Their arguments is that there is a difference between practical needs and academic ideals. They say, what I have been saying since years, that the basis of a plan is not what is desirable, but what is feasible and practicable.
The life of Hahnemann is there to encourage us; the masterful will of his dynamic spirit is there to inspire us to intensify our activities; his achievements are there to goad us to realise greater success; and his personality is always before us to take lessons from, in our life which as Swami Vivekananda puts it, is “a process of unfolding and development of a being under circumstances tending to press it down.”