Traveling with Hahnemann: The 200th Anniversary of Homeopathy from Bourbon Naples in Italy at a Meeting at the Former Peace Hospital

Naples, city of records. A little too much (wrong) known, ostentatious (sometimes inappropriate) or even forgotten. Homeopathy seems to belong, at best, to the first category. but perhaps also in the third: as a result of a damnatio memoriae that affects – in our wet age of the simultaneous and leveling in a present of planetary oblivion – there are many areas of human knowledge, with its protagonists and the evolution of its complex history. Of which many do shopping. In the case of this medicine, which is defined in many ways (“unconventional”, “complementary”, “alternative”, “sweet”, “natural”, for the use of mild euphemisms, to which are also added imaginative or incorrect names instead of they refer to indefinite dimensions of magic or oriental healing practices …) but in fact it is based, very soon, on the principle of simile (“similia similibus curentur”) for the treatment of patients (hence the term homeopathy: from the Greek “oimoios “similar, and” Pathos “, suffering), to complicate things many other factors are added, associated with easily understood conflicts of interest. That despite the now sworn worldwide spread of homeopathic medicine, which was initially successfully tested in Europe by the Germans (not the Chinese!) Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) and is formulated particularly in his own Organon der Heilkunst, “Instrument of Medical Art” (1810), continues to have critics. Or even mere skeptics, who seem to ignore the vast literature so far and a number of examples that, to keep up to date, include the recognized longevity of members of the ancient British royal dynasty of the Windsor, who are accustomed to treating themselves with homeopathy. : the 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth IIsay, he lost his mother in old age 102 and then his wife Philip, who was a hundred years old.

Returning to Naples, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his arrival in the city of homeopathic medicine (1821-2021), the first place of penetration in Italy of Hahnemann’s principles – as the book properly documents Naples and the Birth of Homeopathy in Italy (1822), published by Le Stagioni d’Italia in 2017 and edited by the late Vega Palombi Martoranounforgettable past President of Apo, Homeopathic Patients Association – a valuable opportunity to enter the world of homeopathy now offers a great event, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 5.30 pm. at the Sala del Lazzaretto of the former Peace Hospital in Naples (via Tribunali, 227), which goes far beyond the double presentation of new valuable publications to deepen these issues: book In trip with Hahnemann. In the beginnings of homeopathyfrom Francesco Antonio Negro (published by Il Antichiere, 2021) and the volume 1821-2021. The two years since the arrival of homeopathic medicine in Naples. Homeopathy in the Bourbon era from Carlo Melody (ed. Luimo, 2022). Because already in the title that has been chosen for the meeting we can recognize the cultural, but also scientific, horizon of the meeting: “Homeopathy in philosophy and history”with the aim – as the subtitle states – to reveal an “Investigation of the journey in the thought of his time that led Hamman to give the world a new healing system and the history of the spread that this system had with the city of Naples center”.

An eloquent start to an important appointment, not unexpectedly promoted by LUIMO, the Association for the Free International University of Homeopathic Medicine, chaired by homeopath Carlo Melodia, with the Negro Foundation’s Homeopathy Museum in Rome. Francesco Eugenio Negro (“son of art” of the great Antonio Negro), Cemon (a leading homeopathic company for wellness and health) and the Museum of Sanitary Arts and History of Medicine, under the direction of the surgeon Gennaro Rispoli: which on the sidelines of the meeting will guide the participants (at 16.30 and 18.30) in exploring the large exhibition “Pianeta Pandemia. Viral stories of infections and treatments “, which he edited and still continues in the historical area. With Negro, Melodia and Rispoli he will also intervene in the presentation Luigi Turinese, Jungian homeopathic physician and psychologist analyst, co-founder of the Mediterranean Institute of Archetypal Psychology. The appointment, free of charge (but confirmation of participation is required by sending an email to is an opportunity for a useful discussion not only for professionals, but also for anyone who is curious to explore an exciting topic that concerns everyone: with Its holistic a vision for health and a therapeutic practice that takes care of individual patients even before their pathology: in addition, according to the requirements of the World Health Organization for which health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being – it is not just the absence of disease “.

The Negro essay is not just a biography of Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, but a set of reflections, travel notes in the mind, a kind of research that incorporates the many pieces of a mosaic that composes the figure of a cultured scientist and selective connected with his time. The author’s thoughts arise from the observation of two portraits of Hahnemann that were captured in as many important moments of his life: the first, the engraving of the 1819 edition of Organon, the second from 1838. Thus the book leads the reader to imagine that Hahnemann, after more than two centuries, today resumes his journey from where he left off, returning to us, with the wealth of his intuitions and discoveries: he was in fact the first to experiment on a healthy person, choosing symptoms that cause from the drug and their comparison with those prescribed by placebo. was the first to explore the chemical-natural world of drug dilution and potency. And, always aware of the progress of his time, he had sensed, among other things, the existence and usefulness of vitamins, the psychosomatic and somatosensory correlations, the microbiological origin of smallpox.

Moreover, the research of Carlo Melodia, who reconstructs in a broad documentary, historical and philosophical horizon the practice of homeopathic medicine with its protagonists in the Bourbon era in Naples: analyzing the events and visions that are the basis of evolution and dissemination of homeopathy also in the rest of Italy with a strictly unified, secular and unbiased approach that offers important food for thought for the present. A volume also graphically rich in data and news, which highlights (and confirms) in a seductive way even for a large audience the role of Naples as a basis from which, explains his research, “the homeopathic propulsive wave invested by the rest of the world “.

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