Dr Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemannís 257th birth
German physician and founder of Homeopathy
Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann the founder of the Homoeopathic
system of medicine, was born at Melssen in Saxony, on April 10, 1755. He
studied first at the 'elector's school' of Meissen, and thereafter as a
student of medicine at Leipsic and Vienna. He took the degree of MD at
Erlangen in 1779.
Dr Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann
Dr Hahnemann was very dissatisfied with the limited knowledge of
human organism, disease process and the effects of medicines being used.
So after acting as physician at various places he returned in 1789 to
Leipsic, left his medical career and took up translation work to support
his family. He largely occupied himself in the translation of medical
While translating Dr Cullen's book of medicine (Dr Cullen was a
professor of medicine in university), Dr Hahnemann came across a line in
which Dr Cullen attributed the curative action of Cinchona bark (from
which quinine is prepared) in malarial fever to the fact that it was
bitter. Dr Hahnemann was not satisfied with this explanation as there
were so many bitter substances around but none other showed any curative
action in malarial fever.
To find the truth, he decided to investigate the action of Cinchona
bark extract by taking the medicine himself. After taking the medicine
for two days, he found that symptoms similar to malaria developed in
him. He was amazed with this observation.
He repeated the experiment on many friends and family members and
found the same results. So from this observation he deduced that
Cinchona bark is able to cure malaria because when taken by a healthy
human being, it can create malaria like symptoms.
After much reflexion and many experiments, he became convinced of the
truth of the principle. He called it 'Similia Similbus Curantur' or
'Like Cures Like'. Simply stated, it means that a medicine can cure
those symptoms in a diseased person, which, it can produce in healthy
Further experiments convinced him that the conventional doses
produced symptoms of unnecessary and dangerous violence, and this led to
another principle, that of minimum doses, according to which the benefit
to be derived from a medicine can be fully obtained by the
administration of a very small quantity.
Firmly convinced of the truth of these principles, Hahnemann spent
the rest of his life in making them known to the world. He encountered
much opposition, and in 1821 was forced to leave Leipsic, as he was not
allowed to dispense his own prescriptions. The grand duke of
Anhalt-Kothen, however, appointed him his physician, and at Kothen he
resided till 1835 when he moved to Paris. He died on July 2, 1843.
Hahnemann was a man of remarkable courage and perseverance. He not
only sacrificed his immediate interests for the sake of his convictions,
but made many painful experiments upon his own person.
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