–  The un-burial of Melanie Hahnemann (M. Grimes)

 Samuel and Melanie moved to Paris in 1836. Through Melanie’s political influence, she was able to obtain permission for Hahnemann to practice legally in France. She practiced by his side, becoming the first woman homeopath in Europe. Far different from the isolation Hahnemann had experienced in Germany, their practice in Paris drew visitors from around the world. Melanie set up a free out-patient clinic for the poor that she herself looked after, in the afternoons.
 “Hahnemann associated me with his work. I served as interpreter and secretary when patients came to consult him, because he wrote everything; as his doctrine rests entirely upon the expression of symptoms, it cannot be practiced without written notes. He made me learn his ‘Materia Media Pura,’ a dry and difficult study, but as I possess an extraordinarily good memory it remained so well and so completely impressed upon my mind that whilst the patient told his symptoms I pointed out, in German to the doctor, the remedies in which this symptom was to be found. In this way, I considerably shortened for him the search that every homeopath however capable is obliged to make if he wishes to cure. Hahnemann had created the ‘materia medica,’ but he did not remember all the single details so well as I did. When he once had the few remedies which I indicated to him and from which he always made his selection, his work became so easy that he could see a larger number of patients without becoming fatigued each time. It gave him inexpressible joy to disclose to me all the mysteries of his science of healing. I must have been very stupid if I had not made rapid progress with such a teacher. He entrusted me entirely with the treatment of the poor who came at 4 o’clock and frequently numbered more than a hundred. Hahnemann sometimes looked in at this consultation hour more for the sake of enjoying the benedictions which were showered upon me and for the sake of seeing me distribute the alms which I gave to the working people who in the their illness lacked necessaries, than in order to solve medical difficulties, which might impede my work; for the good results were constant. All that I did in those days passed for his work, and I was quite satisfied that it should be so, and when he said to me: Really I could not do better myself, I wish the world could know what a good homeopath you are (This was written by his own hand) I used to reply,
 My life to yours is closely bound,
 To your happiness devoted,
 My place in your noble heart I found,
 No other in this world do I desire.
 (These words are engraved in his watch chain.) (Allg. Anzieger der Deutchen. Haehl v1 240).
 In the daytime they would practice together, and when there were house calls, they were done by Melanie alone, as was reported in “Allg. Anzieger der Deutchen.”
 “He made some personal house calls, but most were undertaken by his wife. Only very few people are fortunate enough to see him personally, as his dear wife tries carefully to avoid everything that might disturb him unpleasantly (if only to a slight extent) or that might unduly tax his strength. …All the more patients flock to his house, but the great part receive their medical advice from the lips of his highly intelligent and well-informed wife” (Haehl 1:240)
 Yet many continued to attack her motives, her honesty, questioning her motives, and their finances. Hahnemann continued to practice in Paris and criticisms were leveled against her for making an old man work
 -Considering it an undue pressure. It was felt that Hahnemann was old and tired and deserved a quiet old age. Hahnemann’s grandson claimed, in 1864, that by leaving his old patient journals in Germany, he was planning to discontinue practice. Upon arriving in Paris, Hahnemann, himself, claimed, “I have come to France for the furthering of homeopathy and am most happy to be amongst you.” (“Alg. Hom. Ztg.” 1836). After visiting the Hahnemanns in Paris, Dr. Peshier wrote a report in a journal stating, “An illustrious old man enjoys a happiness which very rarely falls to the lot of the scientist… A faithful guardian watches over him day and night…she is Hahnemann’s right hand” (Haehl, v2 347). Hahnemann’s work was recognized, and he was elected permanent president of the Gallic society. He wrote to Bönninghausen, in 1836,
 “Here they know how to appreciate and how to remunerate a physician. Even if I were fifty to sixty years younger I would never think of returning to Germany”(Haehl, 2:351).
 Hahnemann retained his mental clarity until his last days, and lived some of his most productive years in Paris.
 “I am better and happier than I have been for many years, and I enjoy life” July 1841 (Haehl 2:375). 

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