– By jennifer jacobs, md, mph, president elect, american institute of homeopathy
On June 21, 1900, the monument to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann was dedicated at Scott Circle NW in Washington, DC. This is the only monument honoring a physician in our capital city, and has served as an inspiration to those of us dedicated to the homeopathic healing arts over the past century. The original ceremony was attended by many famous dignitaries, including the President of the U.S. at that time, President Taft. One hundred years later, the American Institute of Homeopathy is planning a re-dedication ceremony for this wonderful monument, at 3:00 pm on June 21, 2000, the anniversary of its original inception. President Clinton has been invited.
The AIH also is holding a public conference in honor of this anniversary, with the theme, “Homeopathy 2000:
Rededication and Celebration.” In addition to rededicating and celebrating the monument, the AIH would like this meeting to be an occasion for the homeopathic community to come together and rededicate ourselves to homeopathy as well as to celebrate the potential for our healing art in the new millennium. The conference will be held June 21-24 at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. A champagne reception, free to conference participants, will be held at the hotel following the rededication ceremony, sponsored by Boiron.
George Vithoulkas, the renown Greek homeopath, has graciously agreed to be the keynote speaker at the conference. Credited by many as sparking the renaissance of classical homeopathy in the U.S. during the latter 20th Century, Vithoulkas will receive the James Tyler Kent Award for Excellence in Homeopathic Education from the AIH. The rest of the program will include a wide variety of speakers, from all segments of the homeopathic world and on a broad range of topics. There should be something for everyone!
The conference has been divided into several focus areas: Clinical Cases, Research, History, Pharmacy, Veterinary and Dental Homeopathy, Education, and Current and Political Issues. The Homeopathic Research Network will be holding its meeting concurrently with the conference on Friday and Saturday, and the annual meeting of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy will take place on Friday. On Saturday, June 24th, there will be a special introductory session on homeopathy for consumers, sponsored by the National Center for Homeopathy, as well as a day-long seminar to introduce medical professionals to the basics of homeopathy and acute prescribing.
The education session will include presentations by Todd Rowe, Jo Daly, Kathy Lukas,Miranda Castro, and Joel Kriesberg. Clinical cases will be discussed by Drs. Amy Rothenberg, JackieWilson, BernardoMerizalde, and Karl Robinson, among others. Confirmed speakers on research include Dr. Wayne Jonas, former director of the NIH Office of AlternativeMedicine, who will discuss research challenges and opportunities in the new millennium, Drs. Marianne Heger of Germany and David Riley on their International Primary Care Outcomes Study, and Dr. Michael Carlston on placebo.
Several distinguished speakers, including Dr. Sandra Chase, AIH President, Dr. Richard Moskowitz, Julian Winston, Jay Yasgur, Lia Bello, RN, and Bill Kirtsos will speak on homeopathic history. Dentists on the program are Dr. David Stephenson, Dr. Richard Fisher, and Dr. Ljuba Lemke. Veterinary presentations will be given on several topics; large animals, by Dr. Ed Schaffer, exotics, by Dr. Arthur Young, and companion animals, by a speaker yet to be announced.
The NCH sponsored Saturday seminar will be taught by Drs. Andrea Sullivan, Mitchell Fleisher, Todd Rowe, Ed Kondrot, and by Dana Ullman, MPH. The professional seminar on Saturday will be given by Dr. Ted Chapman and William Shevin, with Lauren Fox, FNP. Miranda Castro, Dr. Nicholas Nossaman, and others will give papers about several current issues in homeopathy. The sessions on Pharmacy and Political Issues are being organized by Dr. Ted Chapman and promise to be of interest to all.
In addition to the the formal program, there will be ample opportunities for mingling and networking with friends and colleagues. The champagne reception will be held on Wednesday evening, a benefit for Homeopathy Without Borders on Friday night, and a gala dinner dance with live music, dancing, and a talent show on Saturday night. The AIH would like to encourage everyone to attend and to help us usher in a new commitment towards cooperation within the homeopathic community. The cost of the conference is $400 before May 15th, $450 after that and at the door. For further information or to register, contact Encore Travel, 2301 Park Center Drive, A 609, Alexandria, VA 22301, or check the AIH website at: www. homeopathyusa. org.