A Dr. Steinestel of Stuttgart, who later turned out to be a fake, wrote to Hahnemann claiming that he was a homoeopath and was being persecuted by the local Board of Health. He asked Hahnemann for a written testimony stating that he had the necessary knowledge to practice homoeopathy.
Hahnemann wrote back, saying “…in answer to your request, I put the following questions to you, and from your answers to them I shall be able to judge of your capability to practise homoeopathy and to treat patients of all kinds…” (From Richard Haehl’s Samuel Hahnemann, His Life and Work, Vol 2)
“1. What course does the true (homoeopathic) physician pursue in order to ascertain the disease symptoms, and consequently what does he treat him for?
“2. Why does the name of a disease not suffice to instruct the physician as to what he has to do to cure the patient? Why for instance should he not give at once Cinchona-bark, when the patient tells him that he has a temperature (as the Allopath does)?
“3. How does the true physician learn what each medicine is useful for and consequently in what particular diseased condition it will help and cure?
“4. Why does the true physician view with horror the mingling together of several medicinal substances in one prescription, ordered for a patient?
“5. Why does the true physician consider it an abomination to see blood drawn from a patient whether by venesection, or blood-sucking leeches, or by cupping glasses?
“6. Why is it an abomination for the true physician to see poppy-juice prescribed by the allopaths for all sorts of pains, for diarrhoea, or for sleeplessness?
“7. Why does the homoeopath prepare gold, plumbago, lycopodium-pollen, culinary salt etc. by triturating them for hours with a non-medical substance such as sugar of milk, and by shaking a small dissolved portion of them with water and alcohol, which process is called potentising?
“8. Why must the true physician not give his patients medicine for one single symptom (for a single morbid sensation)?
“9. When the true physician has given the patient a small dose of medicine which has been selected by reason of its similarity to the most characteristic symptoms of the disease, that is to say, a medicine capable of itself to produce a similar disease in a healthy organism, and the dose has been successful (as might naturally be expected) – when will it be time again for him to give another dose of medicine?
How does he then perceive what medicine he ought to give?
10. Why can the homoeopathic medicines never be dispensed by the apothecary without injury to the public?
Cothen, June 20th, 1834