Organon der rationellen Heilkunde. Samuel HAHNEMANN.
Organon der rationellen Heilkunde.
Organon der rationellen Heilkunde.
Organon der rationellen Heilkunde.
Organon der rationellen Heilkunde.

First edition of the manifesto of classic homeopathy

Organon der rationellen Heilkunde.

Dresden: Arnoldische Buchhandlung, 1810.

1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002317

8vo (231 x 142 mm). [2], xlviii, 222, [2] pp., including errata leaf at end. Title-leaf is a cancel as called for, printed on stronger and shorter-margined paper, p.43 and 206 with instructions to bookbinder at lower margin. Contemporary marbled papercard boards, spine with paper label lettered in script (little soiled, corners bumped, little chipping to upper hinger). Text leaves untrimmed. Even mild browning of text throughout, very little occasional spotting, title-page foxed as usual due to different paper-stock. An exceptional, unsophisticated and unmarked copy in a rare untrimmed state. ----

PMM 265; Norman 964; Lilly Library, Notable Medical Books, p. 163; Garrison-M. 1966; Wellcome III, 191; Waller 3960; Tischner, p. 348, No. 14; Schmidt, Hahnemann 3; Müller, Hahnemann 122. - RARE FIRST EDITION. 'Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, embodied his theories in the Organon. The minute doses set down by him did much to correct the evils of the polypharmacy of his time, in which overdosage was pervasive. He professed to base medicine on a knowledge of symptoms, regarding investigation of causes of symptoms as useless; he thus rejected all the lessons of pathology and morbid anatomy. There are several English translations, the first of which appeared in 1833' (Garrison-Morton).
"Hahnemann was convinced that minute doses of drugs in greatly attenuated concentrations were efficacious cures. When modern practice is compared with the indiscriminate and massive prescriptions of his own day it will be seen how much closer we are to his views than to those of his contemporaries. Certainly his treatment showed that the vis medicatrix naturae, given a chance, with occasional and gentle assistance, often suffices to effect a cure. He gave great prominence to therapeutics, introduced many new specifics, but ignored the growing science of pathology. In his emphasis on the importance of studying the patient as a whole, he foreshadowed the psychosomatic component of modern medicine." (PMM).

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