CONSTANTINE HERING (1800-1880)
Constantine Hering was born on January 1, 1800, in Oschatz Germany; Hering grew up in areligious household. He later became interested in, and studied, medicine at LeipzigUniversity where his professor, Dr. Robbi, asked him to write a book disproving
Hahnemann‘s recently published the ―
Organon of Rational Medicine
‖. Hering readHahnemann‘s work, and immediately tested the claimed tenets on himself, as research for his
homeopathic critique. But instead of writing the negative review, he immediately quitthe job and left the University to become one of the most influential proponents of homeopathy of all time.
Hering graduated from the University of Leipzig (in 1826), writinghis Doctoral Thesis on
“De Medicina Futura”
(The Medicine of the Future). Much to thechagrin of his professors, he confessed himself, unreservedly, to be a homeopath.
Heringaccidentally proved the remedy Lachesis while he was triturating the Bushmasters venom inhis home
laboratory in Paramaribo. He was attempting to find an improved substitute for thecowpox inoculation that Jenner was developing in Britain, which Hering felt was extremelydangerous and very heavy
handed for homeopathy. His interest and experience with snakevenom led him to surmise that the saliva of a rabid dog, or powdered smallpox scabs, or anyother
disease products, viruses, or venom‘s, might be prepared in the new Hahnemannian
way to give a fail
safe method of curing disease.
Hering began organizing his voluminous
notes into his still popular classic ―
The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica”
the yearbefore he died, in 1879, and it was completed by his students and published posthumously in
1891. Constantine Hering is widely known as ―The Father of American Homeopathy‖ and
was profoundly revered by his contemporaries.
JAMES TYLER KENT (1849
James Tyler KentLittle is known about Kent‘s personal life as he was a very private man.
Kent practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis where he first discovered, then convertedto, homeopathy through the successful homeopathic treatment of his seriously ailing wife byDr. Richard Phelan (a graduate of Hahnemann College). In 1888 Kent was invited to become
a consulting Physician at a new ―All homeopathic‖ hospital in Philadelphia, there he founded
his legendary Post
Graduate School. Kent was an avid Swedenborgian and proponent of highpotencies (200
c and up), often prescribing the CM and MM potencies and inspiring the