system. Nearly 200 years have passed since then and human life and
the medical system have changed beyond recognition during these
years. No medical text of that time is in publication now – none except
the Organon of Medicine by Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathy has also
survived numerous attacks since then. The question that comes up
frequently is – are Hahnemann’s words still relevant?
To answer this question honestly, one needs to understand his words in
great detail and also needs to understand the medical practices of his
time and those of the modern era, equally well. But understanding
Hahnemann’s words is not easy. The German language of 200 years ago
was different from the one that is commonly used nowadays. Words and
writing styles have changed significantly. Even the translations available
are in old English, with long-winded sentences and difficult words. Most
of the translators have also introduced some translation errors, which
sometimes give a different meaning to Hahnemann’s words. For e.g.,
read the first aphorism from various translations.
vocation, business, and trade. If you change the word ‘mission’ to
‘occupation’, the aphorism can be interpreted in a different way.
sick should be made healthy. The depth of the aphorism changes
without it. Such mistakes or differences in words may seem insignificant
to a casual reader, but can have far reaching consequences and often
change the meaning of the aphorism.
German language; to take care of the translation errors, I have studied
helped me trace and correct several translation errors. I have kept the
were significant differences or errors in translation, I have made
corrections to the aphorisms to make this work accurate and authentic.
brackets [ ].
works thoroughly can understand the soul behind those words. It has
been my effort to reveal that soul through these lectures.
with modern science wherever possible. The first volume of this book
covers lectures up to aphorism seventy. Two more volumes will follow
soon to cover the rest of the Organon.
thought and the utmost patience, but these find their reward in
speedy and permanent recovery of the patient.
understand the Organon better, if it inspires you to practice
homeopathy, to stay true to the principles, I’ll consider myself
Author: Dr. Manish Bhatia