The above is an old wisdom by a historian who understood
the necessity of studying history from a utilitarian point of
There are thousands of publications on ‘History of
Medicine’. Study of history is not only to study the account
of period, circumstances, importance and implications of
great discoveries but also of the biographical account of
the great geniuses and great men involved.
This book teaches the evolution of the Sciences and Art of
Medicine and keeps us alert and watchful against follies.
of the past and tendencies which were responsible for
them. In addition it tells us about the logic, necessity and
methods of discarding or avoiding those follies.
This is an old wisdom by an historian who understood the
necessity of studying history from an utilitarian point of view.
This was also understood by a section of medical world and
thousands and thousands of publications on the History of Medicine
as a whole and its allied branches were written. There are immortal
classics of Singer, Garrison, O.P. Jaggi, Kutumbia and many many
others. There are accepted books of authority on almost all branches
of science and very particularly of Medicine and its related subjects.
Some of the universities have specialized on publication of the books
on History of Medicine.
The study of History of Medicine is not only an account of
the period, circumstances, importance and implications of the great
discoveries but also of the biographical account of the great geniuses
and great men involved. It teaches us the evolution of the Science
and Art of Medicine and keeps us alert and watchful against the follies
of the past and the tendencies which were responsible for such follies
and tells us about the logic, necessity and method of discarding or
avoiding those follies.
History of Homeopathy has two steps more to this study. First
is the evaluation of the evolution of new developments, discoveries
and researches in the light of the fixed fundamentals of Homeopathy.
Second is the critical evaluation of the person, be he a stalwart or a
beneficiary, and purpose of the discoverer. This study may, at times,
be the consciousness about the brute responsibility of judging the
reason and purposes of the discoverer and of judging the utility and
implications of his work.
With this responsibility in mind a homeopathic historian has
to judge and evaluate the writings of different thoughts or methods
which surfaced in homeopathy and the so-called schools in
homeopathy. We have to study the biography of great masters and
famous authors like J. T. Kent, M. L. Tyler, Stuart Close, Herbert A.
Roberts, Richard Hughes, Wm. Boericke, Blackwood and others to
understand the grounds of their writings and the frame of their
difference with each other and also to understand the different attitudes
of the same person in this different works, for example J.T. Kent in
his Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy, his Repertory and his The Lesser
Writings, Dr. J.T. Clarke in his The Dictionary of Materia Medicaand
his The Prescriber.
It is painful that homeopathic litterateur, literati and laureates
" have published same material in Materia Medica and therapeutics
again and again, with slight change in style and content. The have
not cared to write on History of Medicine or History of Homeopathy.
The materials are scant and unavailable. The tradition of publishing =
OBITUARIES in the Transactions was a rich source for Biographical
History but it was followed in India by very few and the most
respectable name amongst them is of Dr. Dewan Harish Chand who
published the biographies of living and past stalwarts in most of the
Transactions wherever he was involved or he had a say.
There are few DIRECTORIES & WHO’s WHO, the best of
which was published by M/s B. Jain publishers, New Delhi, in 1971,
We have tried but have not succeeded in publishing the History
of Indian Homeopathy. The work is on, the attempts are there, the
outcome is awaited.
The following is an incomplete list of the publications in the
form of books or pamphlets related to the History of Homeopathy.
Since the development and spread of homeopathy, in its early years,
were related to Hahnemann, the Biography of Hahnemann, his
writings and of his associates and admirers, had to be included. The
publications on Hahnemann’s Biographies are also important because
most of them contain description or references to many persons and
personalities who influenced the history of homeopathy. Many books
on homeopathic philosophy or comments on Organon of Medicine
contain the Biographies of the author or some of his related persons,
but including them would have been superfluous and stupendous.
This list does not include articles published in Journals or
Souvenirs or Transactions and Publications other than English.
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