“Homeopathy is sublime, the art is noble, the satisfaction to be able to help, the sensation of fulfilled duty, which should be beyond all doubts, the solitude which the rejection of the official medicine implies, and these should be the guide which motivates the physician to follow his way despite all adversities which he has to face, in the course of his education“. ~ Eugenio Candegabe
Dr. Eugenio Federico Candegabe, a titan among Argentina’s homeopaths and a foremost exponent of Kentian Homeopathy, died on March 23, 2019.
Eugenio Candegabe was born on July, 28, 1924. He qualified in medicine and surgery at the University of Buenos Aires in 1949, specialized in pediatrics (child neurology), and worked as a physician in surgery and pediatrics.
In 1949 he encountered homeopathy when working in the Hospital de Vicente Lopez and saw the benefits of homeopathy, and again in 1952, witnessing the miraculuous cure of a child by a single dose of Nux vomica. Since then he devoted himself to the study of homeopathy. He got his diploma in 1955 from the Asociación Médica Homeopática Argentina (A.M.H.A.), and presented his thesis in 1960.
Following his vocation, he met and worked closely with other eminent Argentine homeopaths such as Jorge Masi Elizalde, Alfonso Masi Elizalde, Francisco Xavier Eizayaga and, Tomas Pablo Paschero in particular, whom he considered his teacher by choice. In them he found not only teachers and thinkers but also friends and companions who inspired and influenced his development.
Besides being an ardent practitioner of homeopathy he was a passionate teacher and found among his colleagues, pupils and patients a great many devotees who admired and loved him for his fine character, commitment and passion for his profession and eagerness to help his patients, which gave him a deep inner satisfaction. Homeopathy helped him to become a better person and to adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, because, In this profession the physician and human become one person. He opined:
With each alleviated or cured patient I felt the full satisfaction of fulfilled duty, and the greater encouragement to study let me want to share my desires with my colleagues and students. To investigate and teach was a duty for me, to transmit the learning to others and to facilitate those who followed me. Not because of the “triumph” of an idea, but because of the joy and the good that it signifies, to be able to help our fellow men in the course of life.“
Eugenio Candegabe was a founding member and president of the Escuela Médica Homeopática Argentina “Dr. Tomas Pablo Paschero” (E.M.H.A.), one of the most prestigious homeopathic schools in the world, where he was nominated for Professor Emeritus. He presented his work in eighteen annual congresses given by the Escuela Médica Homeopática Argentina. He became an assistant teacher for materia medica and secretary at the Asociación Médica Homeopática Argentina (A.M.A.H.) in 1965, its vice president in 1969, and also the vice president for the Argentine Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis (LMHI), until 1996.
He also founded the UCH Candegabe University of Homeopathy (distance learning university) in 2005, and was the Honorary President of the EMHA and UCH, which honored and named him: “Master of Homeopathy Argentina” in 2002.
Eugenio Candegabe has taught more than 100 courses and seminars in more than 30 countries worldwide, presented his work at numerous national and international congresses and was the guest of honor on several international congresses. From Spain, he received the Gold medal for his contributions for the development of homeopathy in their country, in 1980.
His works on the homeopathic materia medica, with which he wanted to support a better understanding of the Materia Medica Pura, provings and repertory, have been published in important homeopathic scientific journals, both in Argentina and abroad. His early encounter with homeopathy and long-standing practice allowed him to gather a tremenduous wealth of experience which is mirrored in the books he wrote:
- Comparative Materia Medica (Materia Médica Comparada)
- Las Serpientes: Materia Médica Comparada
- Homeopatía – Estudio Metodologico De La Materia Medica
- Homeopatía – Reflexiones sobre 60 años de práctica clínica
- ¡Gracias Dr. voy a ser médico! – Mis Memorias: 75 años en contacto con la medicina
Homeopathy taught him that it is about the diseased human being, not isolated symptoms, and that it is necessary to understand the patient. Eugenio Candegabe believed in the lifelong simillimum but confessed that this is difficult to find. Nevertheless, he never ceased his search for the best suitable remedy. He discussed difficult cases with his colleagues and would spend hours working on those cases. He knew that the path of homeopathy was sowed with some thorns but in homeopathy he could realize the ideal of having supreme compassion with the patient. He pointed out:
When I qualified as a physician I conceived the human as an almost perfect machine. Homeopathy guided me in the search of the human soul and the spiritual being pre-existing in him. By means of my practice as a homeopathic physician I developed my capacity to understand humanity and myself, to respect the suffering of others, and had the ability to help them. I had the great luck to help my family, to conceive the universe as a wonderful creation, and to realize pragmatically that “the whole is in all its parts”. I’m sure I will be in peace when I finish my life as a physician, because I will have achieved my destination. This is the best legacy one can leave to future generations.“
Eugenio Candegabe was deeply committed to the Hahnemannian doctrine and Materia Medica Pura, which he viewed as the supreme sources, yet he remained open and tolerant to anything he could learn from. Being optimistic about the future of homeopathy he opined:
I am sure that if homeopathy continues to deepen the knowledge of man and his planet and his Universe, then it will be able to contribute to the medical and philosophical world a more harmonic vision of the wonderful mystery of life.“
Eugenio Candegabe has gone but his legacy and memories abide with us. Your spirit, Eugenio, is beyond destruction! And you knew:
Life begins after death ~ Tomas Pablo Paschero
An interview with Dr.Eugenio Federico Candegabe can be read here: