The doctor, we are taught, takes illness away,
subconsciously we know, of course, he might take our appendix
away, but the illness he suppresses. However, that is quite
correct, everybody says so, and everybody is invariably right.
Until one day the doctor fails to suppress whatever is ailing
us, and we accept, smiling with incredulity but desperately
anxious to be rid of our complaint, the advice of Like cures
Like. Success begets doubt – is there something in it,
after all? We study the principle, become convinced, converted
and enthusiastic. The history of Homoeopathy is abounding with
Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hannemann (Born: 10.04.1755
- Died: 02. 07. 1843)
Hahnemann was born in the early hours of Friday, the 11th April,
1755 and named Christian Friderich Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann
in his autobiography wrote I was born on April 10th, 1755. Description
about his life times, his works, his writings.
· School days – First in public school up to 16th
· Then in private school up to 20th year.
· Left school in 1775, after presenting the Thesis upon
the “Wonderful construction of Human Hand’’
written in Latin.
Admitted to University of Leipsic.
Came for his medical study in the spring, met Dr. Von Quarin
in the hospital of brothers of charity.
Here he acquired extensive knowledge in numismatics, ancient
literatures, occult sciences & become master in Philogy.
On 10th August 1779, submitted his Thesis on “A consideration
of the Etiology and Therapeutics of Spasmodic Affections”
and got his M.D.
Started his 1st medical practice.
Attended regularly the lab of Haseler to gain practical knowledge
in Pharmacy & Botany.
Expressed his dissatisfaction on the prevailing system of treatment
through a letter to Hufeland.
Translated Demachy’s art of, manufacturing vinegar and
detection of the purity and adulteration of drugs.
Introduced famous Hahnemann’s wine test instead of prevailing
Writenberg wine test.
Went on proving Cinchona on himself and on others.
In 1792 wrote the 1st part of “Friend of health”.
In 1792 went to Georgenthal & treated the insanity of Klockenbring.
Here he continued his literary work, in the 2nd part of the
“Fried of health” & 1st part of the “Pharmaceutical
Cured milk crust by Hepar sulph & wrote an article “On
crusta lactea” published in 1795.
Completed the “Pharmaceutical lexicon” & wrote
the 2nd part of “Friend of health”.
In 1796 he 1st communicated to the world by means of public
print his new discovery to medicine it was published in Hufeland’s
journal Vol.II. Part – 3&4 under the title of “Essay
on a new principle for ascertaining the curative powers of drugs”.
In 1799 proved the efficacy of Belladonna as a prophylactic
against epidemic Scarlet fever.
He was engaged in writing books like “Coffee & its
effects”, “Aesculapius in the Balance”, “Medicine
of experience”, “Fragmenta de viribus Medicamentorum
positivis sive in sano corpore humano obsevatis”.
1808 - Published his letter to Hufeland “Letter to a physician
of high standing on reform in medicine”.
1810 - The great book “Organon of Rational healing”.
1806 - Translated the Materia Medica of Albert Von Haller from
Latin which was the last book he translated.
1808 - Published his letter to Hufeland “Letter to a physician
of high standing on reform in medicine”.
1811 - Went to Leipsic Resided in Burgstrasse in a house known
as the “Gold enen Fahne”.
1812 - Presented a Latin thesis “A Medical historical
Dissertation on the Helleborism of the ancients” &
then was allowed to teach homoeopathy officially.
1813 - Published an article “The spirit of homoeopathic
healing law” which was the first article on homoeopathy
published in United state.
1813 - Is the year of triumph, successfully cured the Typhus
fever by Rhustox & Bryonia.
1814 - Published an article “Treatment of Typhus or hospital
fever at present prevailing”.
1816 - Essay on the improper treatment of Veneral diseases.
1819 - Second edition of Organon of medicine. Continued his
proving and worked upon his Materia Medica Pura.
Materia Medica Pura
· 1811- 1st volume published.
· 1816-1817 – 2nd & 3rd volume published.
· 1818 – 4th volume published.
· 1819 – 5th volume published.
· 1821 – 6th volume published.
1827- First disclosed the Theory of Miasm to two of his pupils.
1831- Published a pamphlet on “Cure & prevention of
1830 - Cured Dr. Julius Aegidi and proved the truth of his new
doctrine regarding the origin and cure of chronic disease.
1824 - 3rd edition of Organon published.
1829 - 4th edition of Organon published.
1833 - 5th edition of Organon published.
1822 - 1st volume of Materia Medica Pura published (2nd edition).
1824 - 2nd volume of Materia Medica Pura (2nd edition).
1825 - 3rd & 4th volume of Materia Medica Pura (2nd edition).
1826 - 5th volume of Materia Medica Pura (2nd edition).
1827 - 6th volume of Materia Medica Pura (2nd edition).
1830 - 1st volume of Materia Medica Pura (3rd edition).
1833 - 2nd volume of Materia Medica Pura (3rd edition).
1828 - Volume – I, II& III of chronic disease (1st
1830 - Volume – IV of chronic disease (1st edition).
1835 - 2nd edition of volume – I & II of chronic disease.
Revised and prepared the Manuscript of 6th edition Organon.
Soon after his 88th Birthday he became sick which continued
for 6 weeks.
On 2nd July 1843 – at 5 O’clock morning on Sunday
he breathed his last.
Dr. Clemens Maria Franz von Boenninghausen (Born: 12.03.1785
It was Boenninghausen who first evaluated remedies in relation
to the individual symptoms, and it was he who first introduced
various other methods of relationship of any given remedy to
the individual case. Boenninghausen’s analytical mind
evolved the doctrine of concomitants. He was the first to recognize
the value and necessity of some form of index to the rapidly
growing list of remedies being developed and proven by Hahnemann
and his disciples.
Dr. William Boericke (Born: 26.11.1849 Died: 01.04.1929)
He wrote “Boericke’s Materia Medica” in 1901.
He introduced Hecla Lava into the Boerick’s Materia Medica.
Dr. Cyrus Maxwell Boger (Born: 13.05.1861 Died: 02.09.1935)
He translated “Boenninghausen’s Characteristics
and Repertory” into the english language in 1905.In 1915
he wrote a book named “Synoptic Key and Repertory”.
In 1931 he developed the Boger general analysis and Card Repertory.
Dr. Stuart M. Colse (Born: 14.11.1860 Died: 26.05.1929)
Close was the founder of Brooklyn Homoeopathic Union, a group
devoted to the study of the principles of pure Hahnemannian
homoeopathy. In 1905, Close was elected as the President of
the international Hahnemannian Association. He was professor
of Homoeopathic Philosophy at NewYork Homoeopahic Medical College
from 1909 to 1913. Initially his lectures were published in
the homoeopathic recorder. Later these lectures were complied
and published in form of a book, The Genius of Homoeopathy.
Dr. Willis A. Dewey (Born: 25.10.1858 Died : 01.04.1938)
He wrote Essentials of Homoeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials
of Homoeopathic Therapeutics, and Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics.
He also worked together with William Boericke on the Twelve
Dr. Robert Ellis Dudgeon (Born: 17.03.1829 Died: 08.09.1904)
He was the founder of homoeopathic League in 1887 which included
homoeopathic physicians and the laymen sympathizer of homoeopathy
to educate the public about the new system and to remove the
misconception that Hahnemann’s method was only a quackery.
Dudgeon translated lots of homoeopathic writings from German
to English and wrote many himself.
Dr. Constantine Hering (Born: 01.01.1800 Died: 23.07.1880)
He was editor of the North American Homoeopathic journal from
1851 to 1853; The Homoeopathic News from 1854 to 1856; The American
Homoeopathic Materia Medica from 1867 to 1871. Dr. Hering is
also famous for the Law of Direction of cure, which is as follows:
Cure takes place from above downward; from within outward; from
a more important organ to a less important organ; symptoms disappear
in the reverse order of their appearance the first to appear
being the last to go.
Dr. Richard Hughes (Born: 1836 Died: 09.04.1902)
In 1867 he wrote “Manual of Pharmacodynamics” and
“Manual of Therapeutics”. He worked as an officer
for the British homoeopathic society. He was the editor of the
British journal of homoeopathy. He also edited the six volume
Cyclopedia of drug pathogenesis and worked with T.F. Allen on
his 10 volume Encyclopedia.
Dr. James Tyler Kent (Born: 31.03.1849 Died: 06.06.1916)
Dr. Kent introduced the doctrine of ‘Series in Degrees’
in the treatment of chronic diseases. He discovered that “just
as there are octaves of musical tones so there are octaves in
the simple substance through which severally it is possible
to correspond with the various planes of the interior organism
of the animal cells”. These planes correspond to similar
remedy in 30th, 200th, 1M, 10M, 50M, CM, DM, and MM potencies.
He discovered the “Law of Vital Action and Reaction”.
The law is “A medicine is too high to cure so long as
it is capable of aggravating the symptoms belonging to the sickness
in the first hours in acute and in the first few days of a chronic
sickness”. He also found that a homoeopathic aggravation
is essential from the application of the similimum in chronic
cases. He discovered the language of Reaction and had shown
the direction of the course of treatment immediately following
the first dose and how the multiple reactions following this
step should be interpreted and the patient led scientifically
towards complete recovery. He evaluates the symptoms in a nice
manner imposing greatest values to the mental symptoms with
their further classifications.
· 1897 – He published Repertory of Homoeopathic
· 1900 – He published Homoeopathic Philosophy.
· 1905 – Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica
· Dr. Kent proved many new medicines, which he was described
in his books, ‘New remedies, clinical cases, Lesser writing,
Aphorisms and precepts’.
· ‘What the Doctors Need to know’ –
a very popular writing of Dr. Kent.
· Haehl, Richard. Samuel Hahnemann, his life and work,
Volume-I, B. Jain publishers New Delhi.
· Kent, James Tyler. 1954 (republished 1994). Lectures
on Homœopathic Philosophy. 5th edition. B Jain, New Delhi.
· Bradford, T.L. The life & letters of Samuel Hahnemann,
B Jain, New Delhi.
· Brief History of the Founder & Discovery
of the system of Homoeopathy, B Jain, New Delhi.
· Knerr, Calvin, B. Life of Hering, B Jain, New Delhi.
· Pioneers of homoeopathy, B Jain, New Delhi.