– The un-burial of Melanie Hahnemann (M. Grimes)
 Melanie Hahnemann, for all her love for and devotion to Hahnemann and homeopathy, was virtually buried alive in condemnation and disgrace by the international homeopathic community when she steadfastedly refused to dishonor Hahnemann’s dying request to keep the contents of the sixth edition of the Organon unknown. For her resolute compliance and dedication to Hahnemann’s clearly (and publically) stated instructions, she was to be smothered under a blanket of confusion and untruths that has lasted 150 years. In reality, Melanie Hahnemann is likely the brightest star in our entire history. Where homeopathy would have ended up without the influence of this amazing woman, is a question we all need to consider.
 Called “my finest student,” and “the best homeopath in Europe” by none other than Hahnemann himself, the contributions of Melanie d’Hervilly Gohier Hahnemann to homeopathy and to Hahnemann have been mostly overlooked.
 The mission and purpose of Melanie Hahnemann has been consistently misinterpreted in history. Even in her death, she remains unacknowledged, her grave not even marked with her name. What greater slight to a woman who gave up her life, her youth, and her social position, to further the cause of our science and to spread the teaching of the Master.
 When she first met Hahnemann, Melanie spoke of having “recognized in him his moral perfection, and sublime intelligence.” While considering marriage, Melanie later recorded in her memoirs, “It was not the prospect of nursing an old man that frightened me, but I was afraid of losing him too soon and mourning for him so much that I should die of it.”
 Yet, from the moment of their first meeting, their relationship had been questioned, her motives attacked, her honesty questioned. She was considered by some a youthful temptress who lured him from his loving family to a demanding life of unnecessary opulence in a foreign capital.
 Many accused her of marrying an old man for his money when, in fact, she herself was quite wealthy, having income from several properties in Paris. She had since been portrayed as selfish and domineering, and a social climber. Haele, in his biography of Hahnemann’s life, says: “The motives of Madame Hahnemann were selfish and self-serving, and not in the best interests of her husband,” though Hahnemann himself adored her and wrote to his friends about his joy during this period of his life.
 To Hering, in 1836, he writes, “My second incomparable wife, Marie Melanie d’Hervilly, who is a model of scientific and artistic achievements and industry, who is endowed with a noble heart, and clear intelligence, loves me immeasurably, and makes a heaven of earth.” (Haele 2:352)
 Contrary to Hahnemann’s feelings was the negative sentiment from the community at large that occurred after his death when Melanie delayed, at her husband’s request, the publication of the 6th edition of the Organon. Though she was honoring Hahnemann’s request, many felt she delayed the publication “in the expectation of being offered higher prices,” and that “the value of the first edition revised by the Master himself would increase in value”(Haehl 1:351).
 Yet, without her, homeopathy might never have reached the worldwide reputation and recognition that it has. Hahnemann might have lived out a quiet life in a remote European duchy, his work not known outside a small circle of German doctors. What would homeopathy be today, had it not been for her and Hahnemann’s sojourn in Paris where they treated the likes of the von Rothschilds, and Paganini, their home becoming a clinic and Mecca to those suffering, and those seeking learning, from around the world. And it is during these last years of his life, because of her support and encouragement, that Hahnemann evolved the 6th edition of the Organon, and the LM potencies, which he might not have otherwise been inspired to create. We certainly know from Hahnemann’s own pen that these days were the happiest of his life.
 A woman of the independent nature of Madame Melanie was not highly regarded at this time. In the face of tradition, she chose not to marry, but to pursue a career. Then, independently wealthy, and not reliant on a man for financial support, she married a foreigner, many years her senior. She then practiced medicine. A very unconventional image even now, and quite radical for the 19th century.
 How did she become the “chosen disciple” of the founder of this science?
 What formative influences guided her to this life of individuality and independence? 
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