Francis Treuherz has turned his great hobby and ‘incurable disease’ – the collecting of about 8500 volumes of books on homeopathy – into a history book of homeopathy with great relevance for our time and the current conflict that homeopathy finds itself in. Treuherz highlights the early period of Hahnemann’s life and his attempts to turn the tide of hundreds of years of medicine using treatments via opposites and material perspective, by proposing the use of similars and by following a vitalist approach. Various biographies of Hahnemann interpret him each in their own way, building up a rich picture of his life and illuminating the process by which Hahnemann and his followers introduced the core principles of energetic medicine to the reluctant doctors of his time.
Walking into Francis Treuherz’ home in North London is like walking into the long history of homeopathy. Over his lifetime Francis has respectfully collected thousands of homeopathic texts and items that reflect homeopathy’s rich history and profound information. The question for someone not so acquainted with the history of homeopathy is where to start and where to finish, in appropriately selecting reading materials from classical authors and biographers. Not to worry, Francis has done so in this book! Francis has chosen to highlight many writings that are most relevant to the current conflict in which homeopathy is embroiled. He highlights the early period when Hahnemann attempted to turn the tide of hundreds of years of medicine using treatments via opposites and material perspective, changing that to the use of similars and a vitalist approach. This book emphasises the process by which Hahnemann and followers introduced the core principals of energetic medicine. As the reader works through the varied biographies a dramatic picture builds up of Hahnemann’s life where we know the outcome but are shown the different roads along which he travelled. It is like the story of the blind men and the elephant. Each writer interprets Hahnemann in his own way, but each with such delight and personal and professional fulfillment, and we may learn from them all.