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Death of Samuel Hahnemann, German Physician Who Created Homeopathy

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Samuel Hahnemann, the creator of homeopathy, dies in Paris at the age of 88. A German physician who studied at Leipzig and Vienna, Hahnemann developed his homeopathic system after discovering that that cinchona, the bark of a Peruvian tree which can cure malaria, also creates malaria-like symptoms when ingested.

The name "homeopathy" stems from the Greek roots for "alike" and "suffering."

Hahnemann immediately jumped to the conclusion that he had discovered a fundamental principle of nature and medicine: "That which can produce a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, can treat a sick individual who is manifesting a similar set of symptoms." Or, put more simply, "like cures like."

Samuel Hahnemann then started testing various substances on himself to see what their effects were and tried to deduce which "like" conditions they would be able to cure.

The best that can be said for homeopathic treatments is that they probably can't produce any direct harm, just indirect harm in that people using them might not to seek real medicine. The reason why homeopathic medicine won't harm you is the same reason why it has no real medical value: the substances used, even if they had any medicinal value, are far too diluted to have any effectiveness.

As a matter of fact, Samuel Hahnemann claimed that the more diluted a substance is, the stronger and more effective it becomes. Some homeopathic medicines are so diluted that they have gone past the "dilution limit," which means that not even a single molecule of the original substance is left.

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