Ohio History Journal

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In the course of correspondence concerning this paper, Dr.

Frederick Waite wrote me: One of the questions is, "What was

the previous relation of those who became homeopaths in the

early era?" All the homeopathic histories stress the point that

many of the homeopaths had previously been in regular medicine

but he was unable to prove this true, except of only a small

minority. Dr. Waite also raised the question, "Whence come the

homeopaths" and advanced the idea that the great majority are

lineal descendants from the Thomsonians and Eclectics. Worthy

as these sources may be as ancestry, nothing could be further

from the truth. Complete statistics on the medical background

of all the individual homeopaths would be difficult to procure--

but the facts concerning these earlier days are matters of authentic

record to be found in the libraries of our colleges in New York

and Philadelphia.

It seems fitting to answer these questions as a logical start-

ing point in order that the early years of Homeopathy in Ohio

may be presented with proper background, in a truthful and or-

derly manner with appropriate continuity.

Homeopathy is truly "the lengthened shadow of one man."

It stems from but one source, the founder, Samuel Christian Fred-

rich Hahnemann, born in Meissen, Germany, in 1755. His father

was a painter on porcelain in the royal establishment at Meissen.

He may seem remote from us but he has been and still is a

very vibrant, vital influence in medicine. His problems were in-

tensely human, so that we can feel close to the precocious boy,

the first born of a large family, who thirsted and hungered for

education in the face of extreme poverty. He made himself a

little lamp of clay and used forbidden oil to study while others

slept. His wise father must have divined the possibilities in this