By Dana Ullman MPH
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Philadelphia : Homeopathy’s American Birthplace
Because so many German emigrants landed in Philadelphia and much of Pennsylvania , it was predictable that this city and state would become one of the hubs of homeopathy. Germany was the homeland of homeopathy’s founder, Samuel Hahnemann. Philadephia is the homeland of Hahnemann Medical College , founded in 1867. Although it was a major source of homeopathic education for many decades, it stopped teaching homeopathy in the late 1940s.
The First Homeopathic Medical School
The first homeopathic medical college in the world was founded in 1836 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, entitled The North American Academy of the Homeopathic Healing Art. Its President was Constantine Hering, a man who is today considered the Father of American Homeopathy.
Constantine Hering: The Father of Nitroglycerine
Constantine Hering was not only the Father of American homeopathy, he was also the first physician to make use of nitroglycerine as a medicine. Because homeopathy’s premise is that a medicine is curative in small doses based on what it causes in toxic doses, Hering observed that nitroglycerine caused chest pains, throbbing headaches, and a forceful heartbeat, and thus, it was a good medicine for this condition. Because angina pectoris was a rare disease in the 19th century, Hering mostly used nitroglycerine for people with throbbing headaches. (For more information, see Circulation–a respected cardiology journal–January, 1986.)