Homeopathy Day

On November 21, the day of Homeopathy in Brazil is celebrated, a date that provides a moment of reflection on the therapy created by Samuel Hahnemann and introduced in Brazil by the doctor Benoit Jules Mure.

In a fictional interview with Dr. Mure, Dr. Paulo Rosenbaum raises some questions that, from his point of view, are important for the current moment of Homeopathy.

Another day of homeopathy in Brazil and it is not difficult to recognize widespread demotivation. But is there any reasonable explanation for it?

Doctor Benoit Jules Mure had many concerns in mind. The expansion of the company’s horizon of action

medicine was one of them. A generous project compatible with the wishes of the society that asked for, and continues to ask for, sharing, dialogue, ethics and solidarity, whatever the medicine used.

To discuss this and other topics we were able to talk to Dr. Mure in Lyon, France:

Dr. Mure, On this day that we celebrate the introduction of homeopathy in Brazil, is there anything to celebrate? I say this because Mr. Always advocated that homeopathy play a much broader role. What pretense was that? Who granted this freedom to medicine?

BM – We are not asking for a place with allopathic societies and we raise, without fear, flag after flag, school after school. Religious men take sides with the medicine of sacrifice and spiritualism, against that of matter and selfishness. Our prayers sustain our dreams, our te Deum, our triumphs (Carta de Mure: Bulletin de la Societé Hahnemanienne de Paris, 1847, t. 2, 310)

We know it’s been a long time since you left, but I could take a quick look at the time of your time at

Brazil?

BM – We had a mass conversion process. Only a tenth of the population still adhered to the old systems, while all the rest strongly adopted medical reform. The College’s banks were practically deserted, and of the doctors it produced, half embraced Homeopathy … We had a second ministry shaken and modified because of the medical issue that was sweeping the whole of Brazil, from police inspectors to the State Council and the Chambers. The fight was open, fiery, declared … But as you know, I left Brazil in 1848, I don’t really know how things went in the last 172 years.

I know you miss Brazil, if you came back, what would you do today? (Mure looks around, takes off his glasses, and nostalgic leaves his combative voice on the side, a little unhappy):

BM- But, right now … now that we got so close, where did they all end up?

At this moment, I show him Ordinance 971 that should regulate the practice of integrative medicines in SUS. AND

I explain to Dr. Mure – someone had to do it – that in our days homeopathy, like all medicine, is no longer a cause with a philosophical cut, that today it fits only as one more technique among others and that Hahnemannian principles are in disuse. Mure is silent, pensive, looking at the piece of paper. What about that, Dr. Benoit?

BM – We did our part in spreading Homeopathy, both in Europe and in America, we can claim the founding of three institutes and fifty dispensaries … the conversion of one hundred doctors, the instruction of five hundred students, the reduction of mortality in entire nations , numerous works written in Italian, Portuguese, French and Arabic, two thousand articles in newspapers, trips across all latitudes, the dismantling

epidemics and contagions, the triggering of odious passions, indifference, persecution, envy, slander, defeats or draws, time, work and money lost forever.

They say there that homeopathy as we know at least is disappearing. Which message

would you leave homeopathic doctors today who are somewhat astonished around the world?

BM – If Providence evidently supported us during a test superior to our strength, we were worthy of this favor, practicing, above all, the salutary maxim: “Help yourself that heaven will help you”

Cf Mure, B. Patogenesia Brasileira, Ed. Roca, São Paulo, 1999 and Benoît Mure ”, Ch. Janot – Homeopathie

Moderne , February 15, 1933). ■

Dr. Paulo Rosenbaum , physician and writer.

Fictitious Interview with Dr. Mure, the promoter of Homeopathy in Brazil – Paulo Rosenbaum (From 2012)

Homeopathy Day

On November 21, the day of Homeopathy in Brazil is celebrated, a date that provides a moment of reflection on the therapy created by Samuel Hahnemann and introduced in Brazil by the doctor Benoit Jules Mure.

In a fictional interview with Dr. Mure, Dr. Paulo Rosenbaum raises some questions that, from his point of view, are important for the current moment of Homeopathy.

Another day of homeopathy in Brazil and it is not difficult to recognize widespread demotivation. But is there any reasonable explanation for it?

Doctor Benoit Jules Mure had many concerns in mind. The expansion of the company’s horizon of action

medicine was one of them. A generous project compatible with the wishes of the society that asked for, and continues to ask for, sharing, dialogue, ethics and solidarity, whatever the medicine used.

To discuss this and other topics we were able to talk to Dr. Mure in Lyon, France:

Dr. Mure, On this day that we celebrate the introduction of homeopathy in Brazil, is there anything to celebrate? I say this because Mr. Always advocated that homeopathy play a much broader role. What pretense was that? Who granted this freedom to medicine?

BM – We are not asking for a place with allopathic societies and we raise, without fear, flag after flag, school after school. Religious men take sides with the medicine of sacrifice and spiritualism, against that of matter and selfishness. Our prayers sustain our dreams, our te Deum, our triumphs (Carta de Mure: Bulletin de la Societé Hahnemanienne de Paris, 1847, t. 2, 310)

We know it’s been a long time since you left, but I could take a quick look at the time of your time at

Brazil?

BM – We had a mass conversion process. Only a tenth of the population still adhered to the old systems, while all the rest strongly adopted medical reform. The College’s banks were practically deserted, and of the doctors it produced, half embraced Homeopathy … We had a second ministry shaken and modified because of the medical issue that was sweeping the whole of Brazil, from police inspectors to the State Council and the Chambers. The fight was open, fiery, declared … But as you know, I left Brazil in 1848, I don’t really know how things went in the last 172 years.

I know you miss Brazil, if you came back, what would you do today? (Mure looks around, takes off his glasses, and nostalgic leaves his combative voice on the side, a little unhappy):

BM- But, right now … now that we got so close, where did they all end up?

At this moment, I show him Ordinance 971 that should regulate the practice of integrative medicines in SUS. AND

I explain to Dr. Mure – someone had to do it – that in our days homeopathy, like all medicine, is no longer a cause with a philosophical cut, that today it fits only as one more technique among others and that Hahnemannian principles are in disuse. Mure is silent, pensive, looking at the piece of paper. What about that, Dr. Benoit?

BM – We did our part in spreading Homeopathy, both in Europe and in America, we can claim the founding of three institutes and fifty dispensaries … the conversion of one hundred doctors, the instruction of five hundred students, the reduction of mortality in entire nations , numerous works written in Italian, Portuguese, French and Arabic, two thousand articles in newspapers, trips across all latitudes, the dismantling

epidemics and contagions, the triggering of odious passions, indifference, persecution, envy, slander, defeats or draws, time, work and money lost forever.

They say there that homeopathy as we know at least is disappearing. Which message

would you leave homeopathic doctors today who are somewhat astonished around the world?

BM – If Providence evidently supported us during a test superior to our strength, we were worthy of this favor, practicing, above all, the salutary maxim: “Help yourself that heaven will help you”

Cf Mure, B. Patogenesia Brasileira, Ed. Roca, São Paulo, 1999 and Benoît Mure ”, Ch. Janot – Homeopathie

Moderne , February 15, 1933). ■

Dr. Paulo Rosenbaum , physician and writer.