October 1964

A Biographical Monument to the Memory of Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).

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By C. Fischer, MD. Translated from the German with alterations and additions. Price, not given. Pp 129, with no illustrations. James Leath, London, 1852.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(4):581-583. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860100163055

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O felix culpa!

For a year or two I have had a copy of Hahnemann's Organon of the Art of Healing (New York, 1879) translated by C. Wesselhoef of Boston from the 1833 (fifth) edition. I am convinced Hahnemann did more good than any other doctor of his time; but I have been prejudiced against him since my student days. I read a paper on quackery to the medical students' society; and the Encyclopedia Britannica had Hahnemann listed as one of the greatest of the quacks.

This biography, listed at 25 shillings by Dawson's of Pall Mall, was published on the occasion of the unveiling in Leipsic in 1851 of a statue of Hahnemann. The anonymous translator has written a eulogistic preface and added some 45 pages of appendix about the character and the family of Hahnemann. On the front of the cover is a profile of Hahnemann circled by the words

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