Lot 179: German physician best known for creating a system of alternative medicine called homeopathy (1755–1843). Exceedingly rare ALS in German, signed "D. Hahnemann," one page, 7.5 x 9.5, July 7, 1820. Untranslated letter to Carl August Meissner, whose wife he had treated homeopathically for several years because of abdominal discomfort. Intersecting folds, scattered creases with a heavy diagonal crease to the left side, significant dampstaining to the top affecting portions of the writing, and small tears and paper loss to edges, otherwise very good condition. Dissatisfied with the state of medicine in his time, Hahnemann began to cultivate the concept of homeopathy in 1796, with the term first appearing in print in 1807. The focus of his idea was the doctrine of 'like cures like,' whereby a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people. While the scientific community contends that homeopathy is a pseudoscience no more effective than a placebo treatment, there remain adherents to these practices today. Fabulous medical content in this brief but excessively rare letter.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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