Plaster bust of Dr. Hahnemann
Plaster bust of Dr. Hahnemann, pioneer in homoeopathy, with wooden stand, European or American, 1801-1930
Samuel Hahnemann was a German physician who established a new system of medical treatment call homeopathy. He spoke many languages and supported himself as a translator while studying medicine, graduating in 1779.
Hahnemann became convinced that many medical treatments such as bloodletting did more harm than good, and looked for gentler ways to treat patients. He was one of many physicians in the 1700s who set out to explore systematically the use and effects of medical drugs.