Jose Nunez Pernia Marquis de Nunez 1805 – 1879

Jose Nunez Pernia 1805 – 1879 (known as Jose Nunez and Marquis of Nunez) MD was a Spanish orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy and received an Honorary Doctorate in 1867 from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, to become one of the first Spanish homeopaths, was the founder of the Hahnemann Society of Madrid, of the Homeopathic Institute and the San Jose Hospital, Honor President of Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis.

Jose Nunez was a student of Samuel Hahnemann, and the homeopathic physician of Queen Isabella II 1830 – 1904, who rewarded Nunez with the title Marquis of Nunez, the Grand Cross of Charles III and the Civil Order of Beneficia.

Jose Nunez was also appointed a Senator of the Kingdom by the Economic Society of Leon, and in 1850, he was given Royal permission to open a University Chair in homeopathy, and in fact Jose Nunez founded four University Chairs of homeopathy in Spain.

Dr. Janer, the Dean of the Medical Faculty of Barcelona was also a patient of Jose Nunez, and he was an advocate of homeopathy and conducted clinical trials into homeopathy in 1843, which were reported in the Hom Zeitung. Francisco Serrano y Domínguez Duke de la Torre, the President of the State Ministry was also his patient, and a staunch defender of homeopathy, as was Francisco Serrano y Domínguez, President of the Council of Ministers of Spain and last President of the First Spanish Republic.

Jose Nunez practiced in Madrid and Bordeaux, and he was a high potency prescriber.

Jose Nunez was a colleague of Clemens Maria Franz Baron von Boenninghausen, Comte Sebastien Gaeten Salvador Maxime Des Guidi, Antoine Henri Petroz, Leon Francois Adolphe Simon and many others.

In 1847, Jose Nunez was appointed homeopathic physician to Queen Isabella II of Spain, causing all the Royal allopathic physicians to resign in protest.

In 1850, Jose Nunez was given Royal permission to open a University Chair in homeopathy, and in fact Jose Nunez founded four University Chairs of homeopathy in Spain.

In 1851, Jose Nunez was elected Vice President of the 3rd Homeopathic Congress in Paris.

In 1853, Jose Nunez founded the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis, where he was an Honorary President alongside Leon Francois Adolphe Simon and Comte Sebastien Gaeten Salvador Maxime Des Guidi.

In 1864, Jose Nunez conducted a proving of Tarantula Hispanic.

(from Felix von Reiswitz – Nunez was awarded his 1867 degree from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania as an honorary Doctorate – he had published his famous study of the venom of the hispanic tarantula in 1864 and I believe it was this, combined with his superhuman efforts for the establishment of homeopathy in Spain, that earned him the honorary. He studied medicine (after several other things) in Bordeaux though did not graduate there. He was inscribed in the Madrid Faculty of Medicine and was examined for his doctorate in Medicine by the University of Barcelona in 1844, both taking into account his French medical studies).

Jose Nunez was born in Benavente, a municipality in the north of the province of Zamora, Spain

Jose Nunez submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications.

Of interest:

Enrique Jiminez Nunez was a homeopath in Costa Rica:

Francis Trueherz writes: “I am the proud owner of a wonderful small Repertory which fits into a library card index box. It was created by Dr Marcos Jiminez and came to me from a rural bookdealer in a remote part of Scotland. I wrote to the Mexican Homeopathic Association and was moved when I discovered Jiminez to be still alive and he corresponded with me in 1984 from Guadalajara. His father Dr Enrique Jiminez Nunez was a pioneer of homeopathy in Costa Rica”.

Jose Nunez Grans, cousin of Jose Nunez Pernia, was also a homeopath.

One thought on “Jose Nunez Pernia Marquis de Nunez 1805 – 1879”

  1. Hello Sue,
    Nunez’s proving of ‘Tarentula hispanica’ was conducted in 1846, but remained unpublished until 1864.

    Best regards
    Frans Vermeulen

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