Organon of Medicine

What is Organon of Medicine?

Organon of Medicine is the compilation of doctrine principles of homeopathic medicine as invented by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. The Organon of Medicine by Samuel Hahnemann is popular as “Organon by Hahnemann” or “Hahnemann’s Organon” or “Organon Medicine” or “Homeopathy Organon” or “Organon of homeopathic medicine”. This is “the homeopathy Bible”.

Organon of Medicine by Samuel Hahnemann

The Organon of the Healing Art (Organon der rationellen Heilkunde) by Samuel Hahnemann, 1810, laid the foundations of all theory and method of homeopathy.

The work was repeatedly revised by Hahnemann and published in five editions by himself and one posthumously, with the name changed from the second edition onwards to “Organon of Medicine” (Organon der Heilkunst).

Hahnemann wrote and published this book (in aphorisms) in order to share his new theory of medicine – “Homeopathy” with public and medical professionals of his time.

An aphorism is an original thought, spoken or written in a laconic (concise) and memorable form. Aphorism literally means a “distinction” or “definition”. The term was first used in the Aphorisms of Hippocrates. The term was later applied to maxims of physical science, then statements of all kinds of philosophical, moral, or literary principles. In modern usage an aphorism is generally understood to be a concise statement containing a subjective truth or observation cleverly and pithily written.

Hahnemann first experienced the effect of Peruvian Bark Cinchona in 1790, and then after six years, in 1796, he published an article under the title “Essay on a New Principle.” And, in 1805 he published an article ‘Medicine of Experience’.

After conducting personal observation and experiment, Hahnemann collected his new theory of homeopathy into book form in 1810. The original title of the book was Organon of Rational Art of Healing.

In 1819, the second edition was published, with the revised title Organon of Healing Art. The third edition (1824) and fourth edition (1829) kept this new title, while the latter introduced Hahnemann’s “Theory of Chronic Diseases.”

The fifth edition was published in 1833, and included the doctrine of vital force and drug-dynamization.

The sixth edition, written in 1842, a year before his death, was retitled Organon of Medicine and not published until 1921.

Organon of Medicine Editions

Published editions of homoeopathy books on organon of medicine and homoeopathic philosophy:

Year     Edition
1920     Organon of medicine 6th edition
1833     Organon of medicine 5th edition
1829     Organon of medicine 4th edition
1824     Organon of medicine 3rd edition
1819     Organon of medicine 2nd edition
1810     Organon of medicine 1st edition

Organon of Medicine Aphorisms Explanation

Now, you can read and discuss all aphorisms from 5th edition & 6th edition of Organon of Medicine with additions from Outline of the Organon of Samuel Hahnemann  by Julian Winston.

Practical importance of Aphorism 153 as highlighted by Nash

Organon of Medicine Aphorisms

Organon of Medicine PDF download

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Organon of Medicine Syllabus

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