Koethen has become a place for an expedition in our homoeopathic community. This small city in Germany is the capital of the district of Anhalt Bitterfield in Saxony. It has gained popularity because Dr. Samuel Hahnemann lived, practiced and contributed his best works there.
The house in which Hahnemann lived from 1821-1835 in Koethen, at 43 Wallstrasse, is situated here. This house is now a Hahnemann Museum and is open to tourists. It includes an actual working homeopathic practice. The city has become a national center for homeopathy, a location for congresses, and the seat of the new European Homeopathic Library. Dr. Hahnemann lived here and contributed his great historical works, the “Organon of Medicine”, “Materia Medica Pura” and The Theory of Chronic Diseases”.
The Organon of Medicine 3rd, 4th and 5th editions were published successively in 1824, 1829 and 1833. He also published Materia Medica Pura in six volumes in 1821. Hahnemann studied his patients with chronic diseases for 12 years and the final outcome was “The Chronic Diseases, Their Nature and Homoeopathic Treatment”. It was published here in 1828 and issued in 4 volumes.
In 1830, Hahnemann’s first wife Johanna Henriette Leopoldine passed away. Marie Melanie d’Hervilly first consulted Dr. Hahnemann for her illness in October 1834. They married and moved to Paris in 1835.
Dr. Hahnemann procured this house which had belonged to a Dr. Heinrich. The house has an entry hall with a passage to a consulting chamber, a dispensing room and an outlet to a backyard garden.
The entry hall is connected to the first floor where Hahnemann lived with his family members. The house was recently renovated by well wishers and endowed with a library. Homeopathic consultations are now being offered there. This wonderful museum is open to tourists and includes Hahnemann’s chair, his stethoscope and medicine kit, books, a tray of remedies, well mounted photographs and a backyard garden. For any lover of homeopathy, being in the house with all these artifacts is an inspiring experience.
The house has an extraordinary hall which was used for communication between rooms. It has Hahnemann’s consulting room and two more rooms with stairs to the first floor. The upstairs was wholly reserved for his family. On the other side of the house there was a small garden bounded by a high wall. The house boasts no stately external decorations or pompous internal furnishings, but is rather characterized by modest simplicity. The lawn gives a wonderful feeling of serenity with a comfortable place to sit.
Another historic place in Koethen is Lutz hospital. Hahnemann had already established a hospital at Leipzig. He didn’t approve that there was no hospital at Koethen. The successful beginning of a hospital was accomplished by Arthur Lutz, but fully established only after the death of Dr. Hahnemann. The hospital earned much popularity and considerable financial profit. It is reported that 26,690 patients were given medical care in the outpatient clinic. 51,452 letters with 162,781 case reports were answered. The Lutz hospital was designed with all necessary facilities and included a garden in the middle and a monument of Hahnemann, which was destroyed probably after 1st world war.
Today the Lutz hospital is a center of attraction for tourists. The garden, hospital buildings and monuments can be seen in front of Ducal Palace. There you will find the Goddess of Health in the center, and effigies of Dr. Arthur Lutz on the right and Dr. Hahnemann on the left.
In 2005, the International Homeopathic Medical League (LHMI ) facilitated a visit to Koethen by homeopaths from around the world. Today many homoeopaths, inspired by Hahnemann’s genius, visit these places to connect with the founder.
This article has been reproduced from the journal Homeo Times