Hering, Constantine 

(1800-1880)

Materialist school.

Dr. Constantine Hering  is called the ‘Father of Homoeopathy’ in America.

He joined the University of Leipzig, where he was the favorite pupil of the eminent surgeon, Rabbi.  Rabbi was a critic of Hahnemann and like other physicians used to ridicule homeopathy and Hahnemann. In 1921, he was asked to write a book against homoeopathy that would quite finish the system.  While going through Hahnemann’s works for the sake of making quotations, be came across the famous “nota bene for my reviewers” which said among other things:

The doctrine appeals not only chiefly, but solely, to the verdict of experience – ‘repeat the experiment’, it cries aloud ‘repeat them carefully and accurately and you will find the doctrine confirmed at every step’ – and it does what no medical doctrine, no system of physic, no so-called therapeutics ever did or could do, it insists upon being judged by the result.

Dr. Hering decided to accept the challenge and repeated the Cinchona experiment.  The result was what Hahnemann had predicted.  Hering began to see truth in homeopathy.

In the winter of 1824, an incident occurred which had the effect of unshakable faith in homoeopathy on Dr. Hering.  His right hand forefinger was cut while dissecting a dead body.  The wound rapidly because gangrenous.  In those days such wounds were mostly fatal and routine orthodox medicines had no effect.  Luckily, a disciple of Hahnemann, named Kummer, persuaded him to take homoeopathic treatment.  He gave him few doses of Arsenicum alb. and the gangrene completely healed.  Hering was surprised and became very interested in homoeopathy.

He established a homoeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Hering proved 72 drugs including the South American Lachesis trigonocephalus, the snake whose poison gave us one of the great polychrests. Of course a powerful remedy is also a powerful poison and through repeated dealings with the snake venom he lost the use of his left arm.

He is mistakenly thought to have started the ‘Law of Directions of Cure’ known popularly as ‘Hering’s Law.’

Books

The Homeopathic Domestic Physician, 1835

See my summary.

The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica (10 vol.)

Analytical Repertory of the Symptoms of Mind

Condensed Materia Medica

Articles

On the Study of Homeopathic Materia Medica from "Wirkungen des Schlagengiftes" Allentown und Leipzig, bei C. Kummer, 1837

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