Samuel Hahnemann Samuel Hahnemanna 19th century German physician and chemist, developed homeopathy, a form of medicine that uses minute doses of herbs and other substances to promote healing. Appalled by the barbaric and violent medical practices of the time and concerned for the health of his growing family, Hahnemann spent years conducting experiments to study the healing properties of various materials.
He established the fundamental principles of the science and art of Homoeopathy. He is called the Father of Experimental Pharmacology because he was the first physician to prepare medicines in a specialized way; proving them on healthy human beings, to determine how the medicines acted to cure diseases.
Before Hahnemann, medicines were given on speculative indications, mainly on the basis of authority without experimental verification. His father, along with many other family members was a painter and designer of porcelain, for which the town of Meissen is famous. As a young man, Hahnemann became proficient in a number of languages, including English, French, Italian, Greek and Latin.
He eventually made a living as a translator and teacher of languages, gaining further proficiency in "Arabic, Syriac, Chaldaic and Hebrew". Hahnemann studied medicine for two years at Leipzig.
After one term of further study, he graduated MD at the University of Erlangen on 10 Augustqualifying with honors.
A Dissertation on the Causes and Treatment of Cramps. He soon married Johanna Henriette Kuchler and would eventually have eleven children. Hahnemann claimed that the medicine of his time did as much harm as good: The thought of becoming in this way a murderer or malefactor towards the life of my fellow human beings was most terrible to me, so terrible and disturbing that I wholly gave up my practice in the first years of my married life and occupied myself solely with chemistry and writing.
Noting that the drug induced malaria-like symptoms in himself, he concluded that it would do so in any healthy individual. This led him to postulate a healing principle: Hahnemann tested substances for the effect they produced on a healthy individual and tried to deduce from this the ills they would heal.
From his research, he initially concluded that ingesting substances to produce noticeable changes in the body resulted in toxic effects. He then attempted to mitigate this problem through exploring dilutions of the compounds he was testing.
He claimed that these dilutions, when prepared according to his technique of succussion systematic mixing through vigorous shaking and potentization, were still effective in alleviating the same symptoms in the sick. Hahnemann began practicing this new technique, which attracted other doctors c.
He first published an article about the homeopathic approach in a German language medical journal in Following a series of further essays, he published inhis The Organon of the Healing Art, the first systematic treatise and containing all his detailed instructions on the subject.
Of the Organon, Dudgeon states it "was an amplification and extension of his "Medicine of Experience," worked up with greater care, and put into a more methodical and aphoristic form, after the model of the Hippocratic writings. This discovery led him to the curative powers of poisonous substances.
Acute diseases are transitory; they have a beginning and an end, whereas the chronic diseases are co-existent with life. Either they are present in a manifest or a latent state. From this work came the chronic miasms of Psora, Syphilis, and Sycosis.
Hahnemann was the progenitor of several modern medical approaches. Deeming the treatment of insane patients to be cruel and harmful, he advised a humane treatment for the insane. He cured many insane patients with homeopathy, and became famous for this success.
Hahnemann was quick to recognize poor hygiene as a contributory cause to the spread of disease. His success with cholera and typhoid fever was in part due to this recognition.
Hahnemann also emphasized the importance of nursing, diet, bed rest, and isolation of patients during epidemic diseases. Around the start of the 19th century Hahnemann developed a theory, propounded in his essay On the Effects of Coffee from Original Observations, that many diseases are caused by coffee.
Hahnemann later abandoned the coffee theory in favour of the theory that disease is caused by Psora, but it has been noted that the list of conditions Hahnemann attributed to coffee was similar to his list of conditions caused by Psora.
In early Hahnemann moved his family back to Leipzig with the intention of teaching his new medical system at the University of Leipzig.
In accordance with the university statutes, he became a faculty member by submitting and defending a thesis on a medical topic of his choice. In the "Organon of Medicine" revised six timeswe see the fundamentals laid out.Early life.
Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was born in Meissen, Saxony. His father, along with many other family members, was a painter and designer of porcelain, for which the town of Meissen is famous.  As a young man, Hahnemann became proficient in a number of languages, including English, French, Italian, Greek and Latin.
Samuel Christian Hahnemann was by any standards a glorious eccentric, and his restless life story is mirrored in the chronological headlines. 10 April Hahnemann was born at Meissen, in southeast Germany, at approximately midnight.
The Life and Letters of Dr Samuel Hahnemann By Thomas Lindsley Bradford, M.D. Presented by Dr Robert Séror. Preface. The Life and Letters of Doctor Samuel Christian Frederik Hahnemann ( - ) By Doctor Thomas Lindsley Bradford ( - ) (for in his venerable age he was at times galled even to tears) they might merit a passing.
The beginnings of homeopathy go back to the findings, teachings and writings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (). Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was born in Meissen, Germany, on April 10, as son of a porcelain painter.
Samuel Christian Hahnemann was by any standards a glorious eccentric, and his restless life story is mirrored in the chronological headlines.
10 April Hahnemann was born at Meissen, in southeast Germany, at approximately midnight. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was born in Meissen, Saxony. His father, (along with many other family members) was a painter and designer of porcelain, for which the town of Meissen is famous.
As a young man, Hahnemann became proficient in a number of languages, including English, French, Italian, Greek and Latin.