Medical Researcher and Doctor. Considered an exceptional student, he studied many languages as well as physics, botany and medical science. By the age of twenty, he enrolled in the University of Leipzig, supporting himself by working and tutoring. He received his M.D. in 1779 from the University of Erlangen. He moved to Dessau in 1781 and also studied pharmacy. In 1782, he married Johanna Henrietta and in 1783 had their first of eleven children. Over time, he became disillusioned with the current art of medicine, believing that some standard protocols only exacerbated a patient's condition. After abandoning his medical practice, he spent time translating scientific and medical textbooks. While working with "Lectures on the Materia medica" by William Cullen, he became fascinated by cinchona bark, and its use on the treatment of malaria. In the beginning his experiments studied the body's immune response when exposed to various substances. However, when he applied his methodology to sick patients, the results were unsuccessful. He began to dilute the substances and believed that even if none of the original atoms survived, the potency would survive. He would name this treatment "homeopathy." In 1810, he would publish "Organon Der Rationelien Heilkunde," outlining his research. The book met with controversy, damned by some, praised by others, and prominently supported by the Grand Duke Frederick of Anhalt-Coethen. Two years later, to teach at the University of Leipzig, he would submit his thesis "A Medical Historical Dissertation on the Helleborism of the Ancients." 1828 saw the printing of "Chronic Diseases: Their Nature and Homeopathic Treatment." By 1835, he had remarried after the death of his first wife and relocated to Paris. He continued practicing and lecturing until his death of a probably lung infection. After his death, homeopathy would spread to the United States where over the years it would fall in and out of fashion. The American Medical Association recognized it in 1990. There are today in India, Latin America and Europe, hospitals dedicated to its practice.
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Marie Mélanie d'Hervilly Gohier Hahnemann
1800–1878 (m. 1835)