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Comment by Dr.Nafees Iqbal. on November 4, 2014 at 3:38am

Good efforts  regarding history of homeopathy. Thanks  to Dr. Arindam.



Comment by Veeraraghavan A.R. on March 25, 2012 at 5:59am

I have just seen this blog. Interesting and informative. We must be very proud about being a homoeopath.

Comment by DR. ARINDAM DUTTA on January 5, 2011 at 12:33pm

Yes, that's right Nancy............Thanks for for the addition.


Comment by Dr. Nancy Malik on January 5, 2011 at 11:42am
1833: First English translation of the Organon (4th edition) by Devrient and edited by Samuel Stratten in Dublin
Comment by Debby Bruck on January 5, 2011 at 11:28am
Need I ask? Of course, our resident history has a good answer. Many thanks to Dr Arindam Dutta
Comment by DR. ARINDAM DUTTA on January 5, 2011 at 11:21am

Dear Debby,


"Wondering what happened during the nine years between publication ofthe first edition and further advancement of Homeopathy in America?..."

The Homeopathy in America began with the large number of German immigrants to settle in Pennsylvania in the 1820's. Dr. Stapf had sent some homeopathic books and medicines to Dr. William Wesselhaftin Pennsylvania. Wesselhaft together with another German physician,Dr. Henry Detwiller, formed the first homeopathic study group in the1820's.

Among the few earliest physicians who toiled to spread Homoeopathy with English language was Dr. Hans B. Gram, then a practitioner of high repute.He translated one of Hahnemann's powerful essays and published it in the form of a letter to Dr. Hosack, at that time President of the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons. It was distributed among the leading members of the profession throughout the country,and especially among the officers of medical schools. Unfortunately, Dr. Gram's long disuse of the English language, comprising over twenty years of his residence in Denmark, gave this pamphlet so unusual a construction and style as to render it very difficult to read it intelligently.

Dr. Gram's arrival and the publication of this essay precede by several yearsevery other effort to disseminate the doctrines of Hahnemann beyondthe confines of Germany and Scandinavia. He was not only the pioneerof Homoeopathy in USA, but the first in any trans-Germanic countryin all the civilized world.

In1829, Abraham D. Wilson, the second convert, joined Homoeopathy. A ripe scholar in the humanities, a physician in full practice, a genial man, quick to learn, apt, and able to instruct.

Next came the well known Dr. A. Gerald Hull. His debut as a writer in support of Homoeopathy was made in the American Journal of Homceopathy, published in 1834, of which he was the associate editor.


Next in order came Dr. William Channing, a man of large culture in letters,and very thoroughly educated in medicine. He was in the middle of his life at the time of his conversion to Homoeopathy, which occurred in 1832, during the first appearance of the Asiatic cholera in America.

At the time of Gram's arrival in this country, Master Hahnemann had not yet adopted his later and latest practice of attenuating the remedies; and the method in this respect, till 1833, was to administer doses equivalent to the first and second centesimal dilutions.Channing went up promptly with Hahnemann in his doses, fully believing in the potentizing process and faith of the master. Nevertheless, these differences did not create the slightest jar in the harmonious personal relations among the then existing Homoeopaths, as an analogous state of things had occured in Europe between Hahnemann and some of his earliest and ablest disciples. Channing laboured strongly for the advancement of the truth in his practice and in society, although he wrote but little. His only publication was an address to an Allopathic society, which was an argument in support of Homoeopathy, was a work of great power and of merit in all ways.

About the time of Channing's coming over to homoeopathy, namely, in 1832 and1833, Dr. Jourdan, of Paris, translated the Materia Medica Pura, and Jahr's Manual, into the French language, and these works very soon made their way into this country. This event marks an important epoch in the extension of homoeopathy the world over. Prior to it, no physician could test the practice, or study its principles with success, without first understanding the German language, and very few men could break this barrier. This difficulty fully explains the slowness of the expansion of the Homoeopathic system during the first eight years of its practical existence in USA.

One of the ablest converts, during this early stage of the system was Dr.Joseph T. Curtis, a bright classical scholar and a man of genius; a thorough student and a most impressive gentleman. He was a private pupil of Gram. Curtis produced a small treatise on the materia medica in 1841.

With the spreading of homoeopathy from the German into the French, Italian,Spanish and English languages, which occurred from 1838 to 1840, arose the epoch of its rapid extension. As soon as it was possible for the actual practitioner in non-Germanic countries to read the Organon and make use of the materia medica, which was fully effected by 1840, converts by hundreds in each of them flocked to the standard of Hahnemann. Infirmaries, societies, journals, and systematic efforts for the public teaching of his method sprang almost simultaneously into existence, in every state and kingdom of the civilized world.

Dr.Ticknor, Dr. George W. Cooke, Dr. Freeman, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Coxe, of Williamsburgh, Dr. Rosman, of Brooklyn, Dr. Joslin, Dr. Snow, must be named with respect .

Before the commencement of this second stage of homoeopathy, the foundations were laid in Philadelphia for its permanent establishment and extension there by Dr. Hering and Dr. W. Wesselhoeft, two converts who founded a college and book establishment in 1835, for the instruction of students and allopathic practitioners in homoeopathy; and they also published a journal of the system.




1.—The Characteristics of Homoeopathia. (From Hahnemann's "Geistder homoeopalhischen Heillehre")

      - By H. B. Gram, C. M. L. New York, 1825.

2.—A concise view of the rise and progress of Homoeopathic Medicine.

     - By Constantine Hering, M. D.

     Translated from the German by Charles F. Matlack, M. D.Philadelphia 1833.

3.—The American Journal of Homoeopathia.

     Edited by John F. Gray, M. D., and A.Gerald Hull, M. D. New-York, 1835.

     The first number of this journal appeared in February,1835. It was in octavo form, containing

     forty-eight pages, every two months, and was very creditably conducted.

4.—Letter to the physicians of France on Homoeopathia. (Pamphlet)

     - By the Count De Guidi, M. D. Translated by W. Channing, M.D. New York, 1835.

5.—A concise view of the principles of Homoeopathia. (Pamphlet)

     - By the Baron De Brunnow of Dresden : with introductory remarks in presenting this exposition in English,

     to the New York Homoeopathic Society. By John L. Sullivan, A.M. 1835.

6.—A popular view of Homoeopathy.

      - By the Rev. J. Everest, Rector of Wickwar; Gloucestershire, Eng.

      A second edition was published by Radde, in New-York, under the editorial care of Dr. Hull, in

      1842, with notes by Dr. Gray.

7-—Ueber die Nothwendigkeit und den Nutzen der Homoeopathik,gesprochen bei Eroeffnung der

      Nordamerikanischen Akademie der homoeopathischenHeilkunst zuAllentown an der Lecha,

      den 27. May 1835, von Constantine Hering, M. D.

      The speech of Dr. Hering, delivered at the opening of theHomoeopathic Academy at Allentown.

8.—Correspondcnzblatt der homoeopathischen Aerzte,herausgegeben durch die Nordamerikanische

     Akademie d. homoeopathischenHeilkunst,zu Allentown an der Lecha, 14 numbers. 1835—36.

      Journal of Correspondence of the Homoeopathic physicians.This Journal contained the records of

      contemporary American Homoeopathic practice.Fourteen numbers of this periodical were published,

      containing reports of cases, &c.

9.—Treatise upon a new manner of medical practice, calledHomoeopathie, elucidated by comparing the

     high station of Homoeopathie with the usualmode of practice, called Allopathie; dedicated to our

     patients and the friends of truth and humanity.

      - By J. G. Rosenstein, M. D., allied in practice with twoskilful Homoeopathic physicians M.

      Biegler and M. Seitz. Albany, 1836.

10.—On Homoeopathic Medicine, illustrating its superiority overthe other medical doctrines, with an

       account of the regimen to be followed during thetreatment of diseases.

       - By M. Croserio, M. D., President of the Homoeopathic Society of Paris, &c. Translated from the French

       with notes by C. Neidhard, M. D. Philadelphia, 1837.

       A distinguished physician, who had practiced on the oldsystem for thirty years, publishes here

       the falsity of his former creed.

11.—Organon of Homoeopathic Medicine, by S. Hahnemann.

       First American from the British Translation of the 4thGerman Edition, with improvements and

       additions from the fifth.

       - by the North American Academy of the Homoeopathic healing art. Allentown, 1836.

       The first English edition of the Organon was published in1833, and was translated from the fourth

       German edition. The present work is a reprint of theEnglish translation, corrected by the fifth German

       edition, with a short preface of some halfdozen pages, by Dr. Hering. It is very well printed, with clear

       type, and on good paper, and formedan invaluable contribution to infant American Homoeopathic

       Literature, for which we are indebtedto the Allentown Academy and its president.

12.—Jahr's Manual of Homoeopathic medicine. Translated from the German with an introduction

       - by C. Hering, M. D. Four parts, 1836—37.

       The most complete guide to the Homoeopathic practitioner.It contains an abstract of the symptoms of

       200 remedies as observed on the healthy andthe diseases hitherto cured by them.

13.—The Homoeopathist or Domestic physician.

       - By C. Hering. In; 2 parts, 1835—38.

14.—A familiar exposition of Homoeopathia, or the new mode ofcuring diseases, illustrating its

       superiority over the prevalent system of medicine.

       - By Jonas Green, M. D. Philadelphia, 1836.

15.—Homoeopathia revealed. A brief exposition of the wholesystem, adapted to general 

       comprehension. With a notice of Psora and Dr. Duringesobjections.

       - By Alexis Eustaphieve. New York, 1837.

       A second edition of this pamphlet, preceded by a letter to John Forbes, M. D., F. K. S., and followed by

       a sketch of Isopathy, was issued in 1846.



Ref :

  • North American Journal of Homoeopathy- 1851

  • The early annals of Homoeopathy” by John F. Gray

Comment by Debby Bruck on January 3, 2011 at 10:52am

Wondering what happened during the nine years between publication of the first edition and further advancement of Homeopathy in America? It appears a great conflict between 'allopathy' and other forms of medicine, including the American Indian's Medicine Man and Spiritual Healing based on reading Townsend. And to think today we have the prestigious Townsend Letters of Alternative Medicine.


In addition, there was upheaval with the African American population and civil unrest, while the Negro population instituted their own contributions to medical society. A period of turmoil and change in medical history. The establishment of medical colleges and the beginning of the corner drug store were soon to follow in the 1840's. 


The history of homeopathy shows that 1835 was the year that Hahnemann was to marry Mademoiselle Marie Melanie d'Hervilly of Paris and must have been a busy time for his family and friends. 

Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on December 20, 2010 at 10:53pm

Very good contribution. Thanks.

Comment by Nilanjana Basu on December 20, 2010 at 11:23am

With due respect I want to mention that in the last class of Dr.D.P.Rastogi on 2nd of dec, he said that Hahnemann did not like the work of Jahr and discarded it, though he was the best of his friends. So much so that Jahr was the only person called for Hahnemann's funeral. But still this discarded work of Dr. Hahnemann was the base of the repertory of Dr. Hering and then Dr. Lippe followed by Dr. Kent and then so many others including synthetic and synthesis repertory.

Hahnemann used Dr. Boenninghausen's and Dr. Ruckert's repertory. Many Indian authors says Dr. Ruckert's repertory was not published.This is not true as it was published in three volumes. It was as follows:

Rückert, E.F.,


Systematic Presentation of all Homoeopathic Medicines known hitherto , 3 vols, 1831-33.


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Comment by DR. ARINDAM DUTTA on December 20, 2010 at 9:56am

Thanks to all of you for these encouraging complements.


Dr. Gram may be the first person to introduce English in Homoeopathy, but we must not the forget the contribution of one of our great masters- Dr. Constantine Hering who introduced Homoeopathy amongst the Enlish speaking people. Because of his farsightedness, the English speaking world (America, England & other European countries) came to know about the “New” healing art at its earliest.


Allentown Academy was the first Homoeopathic Institution in America.

Dr. Hering was its first Director. Being the chief of the Academy of its kind, he was conscious about the propagation of Homoeopathy all over the globe. He took two big ventures.


Firstly, he started to enrich our Materia Medica by proving & reproving plenty of medicinal substances.


Secondly, he and his other co-workers in Allentown Academy began to translate the then existing German Homoeopathic literatures into English language, so that the Hahnemannian teachings could gain a firm footing in the minds of English speaking peoples also.


It is only because of Hering's pen, we saw the English translation of Jahr's Repertory (popularly known as first English Repertory or Allentown Repertory). Based on this English repertory Dr. Constantine Lippe compilled his stupendous work- Repertory of the more characteristic symptoms of the Materia Medica in 1879. This is the basic Repertory on which Dr. J. T. Kent made the masterpiece- Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica in 1897.


It is no wonder that Master Hahnemann selected the best persons as his closest and dearest desciples (Hering & Boenninghausen ).



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