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Samuel Hahnemann…not lived in vain

 

Dr. Mahendra Singh, MD(hom)
#1, Raja Raja Narayan Street
Raja bazaar
Kolkatta , West Bengal
Pin code : 700 009
Phone : 244 - 8168; 246 - 2196.


 

Introduction: 

        Dr. Mahendra Singh held various positions as a teacher of Organon. He rose to the national arena as Chairman, Education Committee, Central Council of Homoeopathy. He was elected as National President, Homoeopathic Medical Association of India.

         He has authored several books to his credit. His latest work - First corrected, re - translated and redacted edition of Organon of Medicine is amazing. He learnt German to do this great work.

         “He who always set up a minimum standard for me to attain, which again has made me work hard and harder, and who by being an example has inspired me to work more and more”. These words of Dr. Subhas Singh about his father Dr.Mahendra Singh holds good not only for him but for the entire homoeopathic family.

         Hahnemann ‘s Journey in this world began in the early hours of Friday on the 11th of April in the waning Spring season or the season of the incipient Baishakhi storms, 1755,passedthrough many hamlets many towns some cities few kingdoms and two countries It ended on 2nd July 1843, in the season of lashing rains and thunder storms, in an indistinct cemetery and the cemetery of the most prosperous of the metropolis of Paris.

         It is unique and will remain probably forever unsurpassable by human beings. It was unique because in spite of the toils, tumults and turbulence of packing, unpacking, horse driven carriage rides settling and repacking, it reached exceptional literary creative height, an enviable altitude of research and discovery struggles and victory. And when the security of opulence, wealth and worldly comforts and its luxurious off-springs came, the fountain of creativity in him, his writings, translations compilations, etc., all dried up, totally and completely.
Some persons acquire a glow in their protected shelters of academics but Hahnemann’s light and brilliance was greater, at its best and more dazzling during the struggles, amidst the adversities and against hostilities of fate and fortune. He was at his best, only when he was through his most difficult times. It was not the journey of a Duke, a king, an Emperor, the histories of whose achievements, whose victories gather dust under the mountains of better achievements, whose victories are dwarfed by similar but greater victories but it is the story of a poor boy born of a bread- earning labourer, who groped, found and established something of permanent and paramount importance to humanity, to mankind and something which is related to the healthy life and longevity of human beings and achieved all of it not by family inheritance not by the kindness of a benevolent life but by grit determination dedication and untiring lab ours.

The driving force of determination and life’s mission to achieve and establish was his power to create. The achievement of the goal itself was the end of the journey the journey of creation and the will to create. This is what was in him and what makes him a umique literary giant, a scientific crusader and a medical reformer, a prophet of healing, the equal of whom will not come again.
S.No
YEAR
Activity
PLACE
AGE
1 1755 Born Meissen  
2 1755—1777 Schooling A Latin Poem: 4 Stanzas: Pages—1 School Leaving Dissertation: Pages—20 Leipsic 20-22
3 1777: Spring to September   Vienna 22
4 1777-1779 Sibiu, Romania 1777 : 3 Translations from English: Total Pages—1078 1778 : 1 Translations from English: Total Pages—368 Hermanstadt 22-24
5 1779 M.D.Degree 1779 : His Dissertation for M.D Pages—20
Hahnemann’s were about between graduation and
settling in Hettstedt is not known.
Erlangen  
6 1780—81 First job as Doctor some medical essays - pages not
ascertained 1780 : 1 translation from English : pages
not ascertained
Hettstedt 25—26
7 1781—82 Meets his future wife Dessau 26—27
8 1782—84 Medical Officer1 Translation from French Pages-698
1-his own book on surgery pages-192 Total Pages-890
Gommerm 27—29
9 1785-89 1785: 1 Translation from French Pages-616 1786:
His medical writing on F.S.M: pages 598 1787: 3 Translations 2 from French Pages-598
1 book pages -111
2 small writings -36
1788:4 writings on Chemistry, etc pages-24
1789: 1 Translation from English Pages-638
: 4 Essays on Chemistry,Natural
History: pages-18 : 1 book on Venereal Diseases: pages 292 Total Pages-2390
Dresden 30—34
10 1785-89 : (He lived in Stotteritz, a suburb 4 kms from the city of
Leipzic 1790:4 translations 3 from English: pages-1907 1 from Italian: pages –278 Essays on Chemical Researches: pages 9;1 Medical Writing: pages-6 1791: 4 translations 3 from English: pages-1399 1 from French: pages –1048 1 writing on chemistry pages-7 1792: His book on PSM : pages 100 :6 writings on chemistry: pages -230: Pages of 2 writings not ascertained Total pages:2200
Leipzic 34-37
11 1792:spring   Gotha 37
12 June 1792to July 1793   Georgenthal 37-38
13 1793—94 spent 10 months 1793: 2 writings on Chemistry& Pharmaceutics:pages not ascertainedVol. 1 of his own book on Pharmaceutics
pages –280 1794: 2 writings on Chemistry : pages –8 :
pages of 1 writing—not ascertained Total pages—288+
Molschleben 38—39
14   Carriage accident Muehihausen  
15
1794 spring through
september
  Goettingen  
16 October1794-1795 spring 1795:2 writings on PSM : Pages –5 :1 writing on philosophy :pages –11 :1 book on Hygiene{II Vol}: pages—96 : II Vol of Apotheker Lexicon pages—284
Total pages :396
Pyrmont 39-40
17   Passed through Wolfenbuettel  
18 1795—96   Brunswick 40-41
19 1796—1799: Spring 1796: 1 Medical writings : pages –12 :His first writing on Homoeopathy:pages144 :1 translation from from French:
pages 153 Total pages : 311 1797-98:3 writings on
medicine :pages-74 : 2 translations: 1 from
Englishpages1211 : 1 from French pages 691 : 4
writings : pages —57Apotheker Lexicon Vol III
pages —259 Total pages—2218+
Koenigslutter 41-43
20   Passed through Hamburg  
21 Summer 1799 to 1800   Altona 43-44
22 September 1800 to 1801 1800: 2 translations—from English: pages-659 : 4 Writings: pages –7 Total pages :666 Moelln 44-45
23 1801 Spring   Machern  
24 1801 Summer 1801: 5 writings: Total pages: 94 : 1book on medicine : pages :40 Total pages: 134 Eilenberg 46
25 1802—1804 1803 : 3 medical writings :1 writing on Diet : pages—56
Total pages :52+
Wittenberg 47-49
26 1804   Dessau  
27 1805-1811 : 1 medical writing : pages not ascertained1805: 1-First
book on Homoeopathic principles Medicine of Experience pages 99; 1 writing –up on medical philosophy: pages-70; 1805: First Book on Homoeo Materia medica, titled: Fragmenta de viribus….2 vols :pages739 Total pages:908; 1806: 1 Translation from Latin :pages –425 :5 writings pages : 50 pages of 1 writing not ascertained: 1 writing on Materia Medica: pages—18 Total pages :493; 1807 : 1 writing on Examples of Homoeopathic Cure:pages—39 :4 writings on Medicine & Pharamaceutics: pages-not ascertained Total pages : 39; 1809: 3 writings on medicine: pages –not ascertained 1810: 1st edition The Organon of Rational Healing Art pages : LXVIII+222 Total pages :290; 1811: First Vol of Materia Medica Pura: pages 248 Total pages : 248
Torgau 50-56
28 1811-1821 1812: His Dissertation on Helleborismus , Veterum :
pages – 86; 1813: I homoeopathic writing : pages – 2 1814: 2 writing on medicine : pages – not ascertained 1816: 2 medical writing : pages not ascertained Materia Medica Pura – Vol. II : pages - 396 Vol.III : pages – 288 Total pages – 684 + 1817: Mat. Med.Pura.Vol. III: pages – LV+288=343. : I writing: pages – Not ascertained1818: Materia Medica Pura : Vol.IV: pages- 284 1819: I Medical writing : Pages – not ascertained : Organon of Medicine: II ed, : Pages – 306Mat.Med.Pura, Vol. V: pages – 306 Total Pages – 677; 1820 : I Medical writing : pages – Not ascertained1821 : I Medical writing: pages – not ascertained : Materia Medica Pura : Vol,VI : pages – XVI+255=271 Total Pages : 271
Leipzic 56-66
29 1821-1835 1823: 2nd ed. of Mat.Med.Pura. Vol.I : pages-504; 1824:
Organon of Medicine : III Edition: pages – 305 : 2nd ed. of Mat.Med.Pura : Part- II : pages-508 Total pages- 813; 1825: 2nd ed. of Mat.Med.Pura: Part. III : pages –368Part IV : pages – 356 Total pages – 724; 1826 : 2nd ed. of Mat.Med.Pura : Part V: pages -346; 1827 : 2 nd ed.of Mat.Med.Pura: Part VI: pages – IX+333=342; 1828 : Chronic Diseases: Part -I : pages – 241 Part – II : pages – 362 Part – III: pages – 312 Total pages : 921; 1829 : Organon of medicine – IV Edition : pages –323; 1830 : III ed. of Mat.Med.Pura, Part I : pages –504 : Chronic Diseases : part IV : pages – 407; 1831 : 5 Homoeopathic writing : pages – 65 : pages of 2 not ascertained.1832 : 2 homoeopathic writings :1833: Organon of Medicine : Fifth Edition: pages – 304
Koethen 66-80
30 1835-1843 1835 : 2 nd ed.of Chronic Diseases –Part I : pages-192:
2nd ed. Of Chronic Diseases – part II: pages – 362; 1837 : 2 nd ed.of the Chronic Diseases – Part III : pages X +404 -=414; 1838 : Chronic Diseases – Part VI+528 = 534; 1839 : The Chronic Diseases, Part V : pages- IV+552 = 556; 1842 : Completes VI Edition of Organon of Medicine : pages –1843* : Hahnemann dies on 2nd July at 5A.M. 88 yrs,3 months
Paris 80-88
         

Napoleon’s superior in the waiting room

In 1820 Hahnemann received a famous patient, field marshal Karl Philipp Fürst von Schwarzenberg (1771-1820). As Austria had forbidden the practice of homeopathy, the field marshal was forced to undertake the journey to Leipzig, accompanied by his two life physicians. Von Schwarzenberg was no less than one of the four commanders of the allied forces that had vanquished Napoleon in the so-called Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in October 1813, Napoleon’s first defeat.

The field marshal was suffering the consequences of a stroke in 1817. Before showing up at Hahnemann for homeopathic treatment he had tried a water cure, but in vain. Already after a short period of treatment, however, Hahnemann refused to continue treatment, because he discovered that the field marshal’s life physicians, in all secrecy, conducted bloodletting. Von Schwarzenberg died one month later. Hahnemann attended the funeral and was present at the post-mortem investigation. The presence of numerous arteriosclerotic nodules was demonstrated, from which he would have died in any way.