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April 2011|Volume 8|Issue 4
Apr 2011|Vol 8|Issue 4


Kothen... a place for Homoeopathic expedition

Earlier .... Hahnemann's house at Kothen


Now .... Hahnemann's house at Kothen

         Kothen has become a place of expedition for our Homoeopathic community. This small city is located in Germany, the capital of district of Anhalt Bitterfield in Saxony has gained popularity in view of the fact that Dr. Samuel Hahnemann lived, practiced and contributed best of his works to the world.

         The house at 43, Wallstrasse in which Hahnemann lived from 1821-1835, in Kothen is situated here. This house is now sited as Hahnemann's Museum and it is unwrap to tourists, and includes an actual working homeopathic practice. The city has become the National Center of Homeopathy, location of congresses, and the seat of the new European Homeopathic Library. Dr.Samuel Hahnemann lived here and contributed great historical works the "Organon of Medicine", "Materia Medica Pura" and The Theory of Chronic Diseases"

         The organon of Medicine third, fourth and fifth editions were published successively in 1824, 1829 and 1833. He also published Materia Medica Pura in six volumes in 1821.He analyzed the patients with chronic patients around 12 years and the final outcome was “The Chronic Diseases, their nature and Homoeopathic treatment”, which was published here in 1828, issued in 4 volumes.

         The demise of Hahnemann's first wife Johanna Henriette Leopoldine was in 1830 and Marie Melanie d'Hervilly consulted Hahnemann for her illness, married and moved to Paris in 1835.


Earlier... Kothen house backyard


Now... Kothen house backyard



Earlier...Kothen House Garden


Now...Kothen House Garden

         He procured the house which had belonged to Dr. Heinrich. The house has an entry hall with a passage to consulting chamber, dispensing and an outlet to backyard garden. The entry hall is connected to first floor where Hahnemann lived with his family members. The house was recently renovated by the well wishers and the consultation services are being offered and endowed with a library. The Museum is open to the tourists. The Hahnemann's Chair, his Stethoscope, Medicine kit, books, a tray of medicines, well mounted photographs; backyard garden sited there would make every homoeopath to flabbergast a while with a sense of long breath.

         The house has an extraordinary hall which was used for communication between rooms. It has Consulting room of Hahnemann and two more rooms with stairs to the first floor. Upstairs was wholly prearranged to his family. On flipside of house there was a small garden bounded by high wall. House was witnessing to unassuming middle class homeliness, which though boasting no stately external decorations and no pompous internal furnishing were yet contended to seek its chief joy in modest simplicity and quite happiness. The lawn gives a wonderful feeling of serenity with an amusing sit out at the end.


Earlier ...Lutz Hospital Garden with
Hahnemann's Monument in the middle



Now ...the Lutz Hospital Garden ...
The Monument was destroyed during war


The Monuments of Hahnemann , Goddess of Health and Arthur Lutz , in front of Ducal Palace , near to Lutz hospital is seen here in this earlier snapshot



Now... the monuments are alive for the tourists at the
same place, near the Lutz hospital



Earlier...The Monument of Hahnemann at Lutz hospital


Now ... the replica of the monument is kept in the museum

         Another riveting part in Kothen is Lutz hospital. Hahnemann established a hospital at Leipzig. He finds fault about Kothen not owning a hospital at all. The successful setting up of a hospital was done by Arthur Lutz, but established only after the death of Dr. Hahnemann. The hospital was able to gain much popularity and considerable financial profit. It is stated that 26,690 patients were given medical care in the outpatient clinic. 51,452 letters with 162,781 case reports were answered. The lutz hospital was designed well with all facilities and a garden in the middle, with a monument of Hahnemann, which was destroyed probably after 1st world war.
Today the Lutz hospital is a center of attraction for the well wishers of Homoeopathy and the garden, hospital buildings and the monuments can be visited in front of Ducal Palace, in which Goddess of health in the center, with effigy of Dr. Arthur Lutz on the right and of Dr.Hahnemann on the left. Here we can visit the Lutz Hospital and his house at Kothen.

         The LHMI took an initiative step to integrate the homoeopaths from different parts of the world to visits Hahnemann' s birth place Messein and Kothen in 2005, tuned to attend the LIGA conference held at BBC auditorium , Berlin. Today many homoeopaths, inspiring the genius of homoeopathy, can visit these places to forfeit their respect to the founder.



- Dr. Gnanasambandam