Organon (ed. by Brewster O'Reilly)
Printed in the US, hardback, 407 pages.ISBN0
Size200 x 240mm
From the cover:
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who first developed this system of treatment, distilled his philosophy and practice into the Organon of the Medical Art. Long recognized as one of the most important books ever written on health, disease and medical care, the Organon has for many years been required reading for students of homeopathic medicine. The wisdom of this seminal work is now available to modern readers as never before in this definitive new translation.
About the author:
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843)
The founder of homeopathy Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was born in Meissen, Saxony, in Germany on April 10th, 1755. Hahnemann had a natural aptitude for learning languages so that by the age of twenty he had mastered English, French, Italian, Greek and Latin. From this he was able to earn a living as a translator and teacher of languages. Hahnemann later went on to learn Arabic, Syriac, Chaldaic and Hebrew.
In 1775 Hahnemann enrolled at the University of Leipzig to study medicine but early in 1777 he transferred as a medical student to Vienna. Due to lack of finances he was forced to leave his studies. Fortunately he had made an impression on the physician to the Royal Court, Professor von Quarin (1733-1814), so that he was offered and accepted a position to practice for the Governor of Hermannstadt (1721-1803).
Hahnemann's next big change was to move to Dresden in 1784. By this time he had a great unhappiness and frustration with the ineffective and detrimental practices in medicine. He gave up medicine altogether and took up full-time work as a translator. It was through this work that he became noted for his scientific and medical translations.
Hahnemann was to become an increasingly restless spirit, so that in between 1792-1804 he lived in fourteen different towns. During these times something was gestating for the future father of homeopathy. He wrestled internally a great deal finding peace only when the workings of his mind were accomplished.
In 1790 Hahnemann was translating William Cullen's Materia Medica and he questioned some of the author's conclusions on Cinchona. This led Hahnemann to take a dose of the substance and then observe its effects. This was the first proving to be conducted in homeopathy. On noticing that Cinchona produced fever symptoms in himself this prompted Hahnemann towards the breakthrough medical principle of the perennial truth of 'like is cured by like'.
In 1804 Hahnemann's restlessness finally abated and he was to settle in Torgau for seven years. One year later he presented his Fragmenta De Viribus which contained the provings of 27 substances, among which were such currently indispensable homeopathic remedies as: Pulsatila, Ignatia, Aconite, Drosera and Belladonna. It was the fruit of many years spent experimenting on both himself and his family. In 1830 Hahnemann was to lose his first wife. He remarried in 1835 at the age of eighty to Melanie D'Herveilly Gohier, a rich and beautiful young woman.
Hahnemann's ideas on the philosophy and practice of medicine were set down in The Organon. The first edition saw the light of day in 1810 and the sixth and final edition was completed in 1842, however it was not to be published until 1921 with William Boericke as the translator. Hahnemann died in Paris of bronchitis, 2 July 1843.
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