The foundations and philosophical underpinnings of homeopathy are discussed within the framework of a nineteenth century medical controversy. During this era, Hahnemannian doctrine rose in response to the need for conservative healing practices yet faced a decline as key spokesmen of orthodox medicine successfully articulated its shortcomings. These historical events relegated homeopathy to the status of an eclectic medical art. Its greatest discoveries and contributions, such as the medicinals founded by Hahnemann and the attitude of patient education have become incorporated into modern day medical practice.
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