The Second Century of the Founder of Homoeopathy.
Homoeopaths, the world over celebrated yesterday the birthday of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann – the founder of Homoeopathy; who was born on April 10, 1755.
It was Hahnemann, who created a revolution in the medical world at the end of eighteenth century, by his discovery of a law “Similia Similibus curantur” meaning Similar cures Similar.
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.
He happened to translate Cullens Materia Medica in which cinchona (quinine derived from it) was described to create malarial fever, that confused his mind and during that period, he decided to experiment it on his own body.
To his great astonishment, he found all the symptoms of malarial fever; consequently he inferred from this, that the drug, which could produce morbid symptoms, has the power to cure it, if it given in atomized and potentized form.
The result of this investigation encouraged Hahnemann to study individual drugs and he began a series of further experiments with drugs upon healthy individuals and in 1796 with a wealth of research behind him, he announced his remarkable hypothesis, that became the basis of the system, called homoeopathy.
This system was so remarkable and so outstanding that the real thinkers and unbiased physicians were attracted to wards it. In 1810, he presented to the world his famous work “Organon” which contains the laws of healing.
After the publication of Organon, homoeopathy spread like wild fire throughout Europe. In Austria, it became popular in 1819, and was recognised by Imperial Decree in 1837.
In 1827 it was introduced by Dr. Quin into the British Isles. Homoeopathy flourished in England after the establishment of the homoeopathic hospital in 1849, now known as the Royal London Homoeopathic hospital.
Today it is very popular in Great Britain, and homoeopathic physicians are the medical advisers to The Queen and the Royal House.
Ceylon Observer, dt. 11. 4. 55.