Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941)

Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) ‘… was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913…’

‘… In 1936, he wrote: “I have long been an ardent believer in the science of homeopathy, and I feel happy that it has got now a greater hold in India than even in the land of its origin. It is not merely a collection of a few medicines, but a real science with a rational philosophy as its base” (Bagchi, 2000)…. (Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. (North Atlantic Books, 2007). Page 82).

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869 – 1948

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869 – 1948 was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement.

Gandhi was persuaded to try homeopathy by Motilal Nehru and Chittaranjan Das, and after his initial suspicion, he became a staunch advocate of homeopathy, (commenting before he had even tried it) ‘… Personally, I would prefer homeopathy anyday to allopathy. Only I have no personal experience of its efficacy… (Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. (North Atlantic Books, 2007). Multiple pages. See also Shashi Tharoor, Nehru: The Invention of India, (Arcade Publishing, 2003). Page 37)…

And after Gandhi had experience of homeopathy, he exclaimed (from Chittaranjan Das 1950 All India Homeopathic Medical Conference 1968):

From Dana Ullman, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. (North Atlantic Books, 2007). Multiple pages) ‘… Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and nonviolently. Government must encourage and patronise it in our country. Late Dr. Hahnemann was a man of superior intellectual power and means of saving human life, having a unique medical nerve. I bow before his skill and the Herculean and humanitarian labour he did.

His memory wakes us again and you are to follow him, but the opponents hate the existence of the principles and practice of homeopathy, which in reality cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment, and it is beyond all doubt safer and more economical and the most complete medical science…’

Gandhi introduced homeopathy in the Indian Constitution Bill as the official Medicine of India since independence from the British Empire in 1948.

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Ardeshir Kavasji Boman Behram 1909 – 2000

Ardeshir Kavasji Boman Behram 1909 – 2000 was a Parsi (Zoroastrian) Indian doctor and homeopath.

In 1948, prompted by the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the family moved to England, settling first in Parliament Hill Fields before moving to Oval Road in Primrose Hill.

Boman Behram worked at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital until 1951, where he was a colleague of Edward Bach, Douglas Morris Borland, John Henry Clarke, Clarence Granville Hey, Donald MacDonald Foubister, James Douglas Kenyon, Thomas Maughan, Percival George Quinton, William Wilson Rorke, Margaret Lucy Tyler, John Weir, Charles Edwin Wheeler, Kathleen Gordon Priestman, Harold Fergie Woods and many others.

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A J Davet 1797 – 1873

A J Davet 1797 – 1873 was an Italian homeopath who lived and practiced in France, and he was a student and colleague of Samuel Hahnemann in Leipsig.

Davet was the homeopath of Napoleon III, who awarded him the Knight’s Cross of the Legion of Honour. Davet was also the homeopath of the Italian Prime Minister and the Italian Ambassador. Continue reading A J Davet 1797 – 1873

Samuel Brooking and Homeopathy

Samuel Brooking, a Medical Officer and Surgeon from the East India Company, was an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy after his own cure from jungle fever, and who then retired from the East India Company in order to study homeopathy more fully.

He established a Homeopathic Hospital at Tanjore, in South India, in 1847. Brooking reported that after suffering the initial skepticism, he was now Durbah Surgeon to the Rajah of Tanjore and the Rajah of Poodoocoota, and that he had been running a homeopathic hospital in Tanjore since 1846 with many hundreds of patients, which ‘is acceptable to all classes, particularly the Brahmins’.

In 1848, Samuel Brooking wrote to Epps Chemists in London for a chest of homeopathic remedies, and Samuel Brooking also established another homeopathic Hospital in Poodoocoota, forty miles away, which he managed to attend three days a week using a relay of horses. Samuel Brooking also taught homeopathy to ‘several intelligent young medical men’.