Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Erected by the American Institute of Homeopathy, this statue of the father of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, sits on the eastern side of Scott Circle. Hahnemann was born in Meissen, Saxony, Germany, in 1755. He studied medicine in Leipzig, Germany, and Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Hahnemann was a visionary who was ahead of his time in the field of preventative health and human maintenance. He advocated behaviors for health and vitality that, at the time, were considered of no value. Among his advice to his patients and to his colleagues in the medical community: fresh air, bed rest, proper diet, sunshine, and proper hygiene. Hahnemann was also an advocate for the humane treatment of the insane and he discovered a test for detecting arsenic.
Hahnemann spent the bulk of his life vigorously researching, practicing and teaching homeopathy--the treatment of disease with small or diluted doses of natural substances that, in a healthy person, would produce symptoms of disease--until his death in 1843 in Paris. He lived to be 88.
Charles Samuel Niehaus sculpted this statue in 1910. The monument features a vibrant mosaic above the seated figure of Dr. Hahnemann. Beneath his statue are the words Similia Similibus Curentur: Likes are cured by likes. (To see a larger picture, click on the images.)
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08