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Homeopathy: A Brief History

Posted: 07/01/2011 12:43 pm

This slideshow presents a brief overview of the history of homeopathic medicine in the United States. Homeopathy was formulated by a German physician more than 200 years ago and came to America in 1825. At its peak there were 22 homeopathic medical schools and more than 100 homeopathic hospitals in the U.S. Homeopathy in America experienced a decline in the mid-1900s and has made a strong resurgence since the 1970s.

Most of the images here are from postcards and old homeopathic medical texts that were printed from the mid-1800s to early 1900s.

Samuel Hahnemann: The Founder Of Homeopathy
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Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1775 - 1843) was a German physician who first formulated the principles of homeopathic medicine. Hahnemann discovered that the symptoms produced by a given substance could be used as a guide to its therapeutic application.

Poison ivy, for example, used in its homeopathic form (aka Rhus tox), has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of some skin conditions that consist of itching and blistering. Hahnemann called this phenomenon of using likes to treat likes the "law of similars."

There is only one known photograph of Dr. Hahnemann and there are many other artistic renderings. This image is from the Fleuroscope, the 1928 student yearbook of the New York Homeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital.

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