His father Christian Gottfried Hahnemann  was a painter and designer of porcelain, for which the town of Meissen is famous. He eventually made a living as a translator and teacher of languages, gaining further proficiency in " Arabic , Syriac , Chaldaic and Hebrew ". He claimed that the medicine he had been taught to practice sometimes did the patient more harm than good: My sense of duty would not easily allow me to treat the unknown pathological state of my suffering brethren with these unknown medicines. 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.
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This was the foundation of a new system of medicine that he codified later as Homeopathy. Hahnemann continued his experiments to reaffirm the concepts of similia with more clarity and evidences. The following are some of the articles he published through which he elaborated the concepts of Homeopathy.
Aesculapius in the Balance, which questioned the then prevalent medical system about the lack of progress in the science. This work questions the efficacy of the conventional systems of medicine and their artistically compounded recipes. The following are the major works of Dr. Hahnemann that form the basis of Homeopathic education and practice: Organon of Medicine. This is the is fundamental writings on Homeopathy and is the codification of its principle, philosophy and practice.
The book is written in Aphorisams, each giving one message or direction. The first edition, published in was with the title Organon of the Healing Art Organon der rationellen Heilkunde. This name was changed from the second edition onwards as Organon of Medicine Organon der Heilkunst.
It consists of a theoretical part and a practical part. Materia Medica Pura is the theory of practice of Homeopathy. The first volume contains the detailed symptoms caused by 27 different drugs. The second volume contains the totality of the symptoms in alphabetical order.
These were "medicinal substances whose pure pathogenetic action he had ascertained by experiments on himself, his family, and a few friends.
The book makes no mention of homeopathy or any theories of cure and makes no claims about their uses. However, it is widely regarded as the forerunner of his Materia Medica Pura. The second volume contains pathogenesis of 8 medicines, the third volume with 8 medicines, the fourth volume contains pathogenesis of 12 medicines, fifth volume contains 11 medicines and the sixth volume contains 10 medicines.
As such the first edition of Materia Medica pura consists of 6 volumes with pathogenesis of 61 drugs. These were published during the period from to The second augmented edition with the drug pathogenesis of 64 drug was six volumes during to In the third edition, these six volumes were condensed into two volumes and published in Dr Hempel, Dr Quin and Dr.
Dudgeon translated the original work of Dr Hahnemann to English. Hahnemann after 12 years of the most painstaking work on difficult cases of a chronic in nature combined with his own historical research into the diseases of man study and experiments with his new found system based on the principle of similia found that instead of his best efforts several of cases were not responding the well selected medicines.
He deduced the reasons as either as inadequacy of the number of medicines or due to some unforeseen causes. On a deeper analysis of the cases that were not responding to his treatment he found certain pattern in the personal or family history. He called these fundamental causes as miasm- a supposed predisposition to a particular disease, either inherited or acquired, that is transmitted down the generations.
These are Psoric miasm, Sycotic miasm and Syphilitic miasm. He lists among others, catarrhs, asthma, pleurisy, haemoptysis, hydrocephalus, stomach ulcers, scrotal swelling, jaundice, swollen glands, cataract, diabetes, tuberculosis, epilepsy, fevers and suppressed urine as all being typically psoric manifestations. Plus, of course, the whole gamut of skin problems. Sycotic miasm This miasm is held to be responsible for many sexual and urinary disorders, and affections of the joints and the mucous membranes.
Inertia of the system with inability to responses are its main expression. Conditions worsened by damp weather and by contact with the sea. Thus arthritis and rheumatism, asthma, catarrhs, bronchitis, cystitis and warts are all regarded as partly or mainly sycotic in character. The wart came to be seen as the underlying archetype of this miasm as it is also held to be responsible for all warty excrescences and growths.
Syphilitic miasm This miasm is held to be responsible for many diseases of the nervous system, the blood and skeleton as well as a range of psychological disorders, including alcoholism, depression, suicidal impulses, insanity, loss of smell and taste, blindness, deafness and ulcerations.
It is also associated with many heart conditions, some vesicular skin eruptions and diseases that have a definite nocturnal periodicity. Reactivity leading to destruction are its main expressions. The first edition of Chronic diseases was published by Hahnemann in in four volumes consisting of Materia medica part in three volumes consisting of 22 drugs and the philosophy part on the fourth volume.
The second edition, published during to consist of five volumes consisting of 48 drugs. Diseases Total No. Hahemann M. Hempel, Dr Luis H. Tofel During the life time of Hahnemann itself several stalwarts got attracted to his new principles. These stalwarts and many others after the death of Hahnemann, contributed further development of homoeopathy.
Some of the early contributors are Dr. Charles Julius Hempel, Dr. Henry C. It contains articles, papers, letters and other correspondence by Hahnemann starting from the period several years prior to his discovery of Homeopathy till towards the fag end of his life. It gives a fair idea on original thoughts and an insight into the staggering achievements of this multi- talented medical reformer.
Dr Hahnemann had written on wide verity of subjects such as chemistry, public health, hygiene and a verity of medical subjects. He was an inventor, a medical rebel, father of modern psychiatry, experimental pharmacologist, great literary expert and a profound thinker of his time. The writings in lesser writings are original in character, un edited and therefore, many call it greater than his greater writings.
As a child, he showed a remarkable aptitude for study [Cook, 28], excelling both in languages and in science; he was fluent in English, French, Greek and Latin. Even "at the early age of 12 he helped his master to teach Greek," [Haehl, vol. Hahnemann was "a pupil of exceptional ability," [Cook, 24] with "an exceptional talent for languages;" [Haehl, vol. Early in , he transferred as a medical student to Vienna, to gain greater clinical experience, though this proved very costly on his paltry allowance. After only nine months [October ], and after being robbed [Haehl, vol.
Major Works of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann on Homeopathy