Viewed through proving: Camphor and cholera

cholera noticeLooking at the proving of Camphor, and especially when looking for early cases where this remedy was used, we inevitably find ourselves looking at the cholera epidemics of the 19th century.

Sue Young in her histories gives interesting background for this period. You can read the full page here, and several excerpts are quoted below:

1830 – Johann Emanuel Veith 1787 – 1877, pastor and canon of the cathedral of St. Stephen’s, in Vienna, homeopath, student of Samuel Hahnemann, Johann Emanuel Veith witnessed the cure of his brother by homeopathy and immediately converted to homeopathy. He treated 125 patients with Cholera in 1830, losing only 3 patients. Johann Emanuel Veith discovered Phosphoric Acid as an important homeopathic remedy in the treatment of advanced Cholera, and he promoted the use of the homeopathic remedy Camphor in the treatment of Cholera. Samuel Hahnemann wrote to Veith congratulating him on his success in treating Cholera and welcoming him as a homeopath. His successful treatment of Cholera by homeopathy, alongside Matthias Marenzeller, Moritz Wilhelm Mueller, and many others, resulted in Francis II ordering clinical trials of homeopathy in Vienna, and the successful outcome of these trials led to a wide acceptance of homeopathy as a university discipline in Prague and in Vienna. Johann Emanuel Veith‘s reputation extended greatly and he became known throughout Germany as one of the most skillful physicians for the cholera. Johann Emanuel Veith wrote Healing and Prophylaxis of Cholera in 1832,

1830 – J A Schubert 1800 – 1868, homeopath, student of Samuel Hahnemann, treated Cholera homeopathically in 1830.

1831 – In the territory of Raab in Hungary, Joseph Bakody treated 223 patients with mild to severe cholera, 14 of whom were in the collapse state. He lost a total of 8 patients, a mortality of 3.6%.

1831 – The 1830 – 1832 Cholera Epidemic – Samuel Hahnemann was able to identify the stages of the illness and predict what homeopathic remedies would be needed for which stages. When Cholera finally struck Europe the mortality rate under conventional treatment was between 40% – 80% depending on the information sources. Frederick Hervey Foster Quin of London reported the mortality in the 10 homeopathic hospitals in 1831 – 1832 as 9%. Mathias Roth homeopathic physician to the King of Bavaria, reported that the mortality was 7%. Admiral Mordoinow of The Imperial Russian Council reported 10% mortality under homeopathy. Samuel Hahnemann was in tune with the thinking of his times by attributing cholera to infection. He also supported the contagion-miasma theory,

1831 – Augustus Bozzi Granville 1783 – 1872 became convinced that cholera was a water-borne disease, and he published Catechism of Health,

1831 – Edward Cronin 1801 – 1882, homeopath, treated cholera in Persia and in India,

1831 – Count Eduard Clam Gallas 1805 – 1891, Austrian General, cured of cholera by spirits of camphor by Count Laransky in 1831, as Samuel Hahnemann recommended,

1836 – Jules John Mabit 1781 – 1846, orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy after extensive clinical trials into the homeopathic treatment of cholera., Napoleon III awarded him the Knights Cross of the Legion of Honour for his extensive labours against cholera. In 1832, Jules John Mabit was sent to England to study Cholera, and he began with a collection of the cholera statistics from 1796 – 1837 (?1832) across the whole of Europe, showing an allopathic mortality rate of 49%, and a homeopathic mortality rate of 7.5%. Jules John Mabit also corresponded with Samuel Hahnemann in 1833 regarding the homeopathic treatment of cholera, Lettre au conseiller Samuel Hahnemann, sur le traitement homoeopathique du choléra morbus asiatique. These results were widely circulated around the World, in America, to the Ministry of Health in Britain, in Canada, in India. Jules John Mabit began treating his own cholera cases homeopathically with great success, and after many clinical trials on homeopathy, he founded a Homeopathic Hospital in Bordeaux. He wrote Etude sur le Cholera in 1835,

And a last tidbit from the page with a curious insight into “The Lancet’s” past…for those interested, Sue Young has more on “The Lancet” here.

1849 – Charles Thomas Pearce 1815 – 1883, homeopath, attended his brother who had contracted cholera, and treated him homeopathically. Charles Thomas Pearce was then himself struck down by cholera and could not attend his brother. He left careful instructions for the care of his brother, but these were not carried out and an allopath was called in, and his brother died. Thomas Wakley and a biased deputy Coroner H Membury Wakley (the son of Thomas Wakley, founder of The Lancet) charged Charles Thomas Pearce with manslaughter, and he was arraigned in front of Mr. Justice Maule at the Old Bailey on 29.10.1849, who having heard the evidence threw the case out of court.

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