Dr. Georges Heinrich Gottlieb Jahr (1800-1875)

George Heinrich Gottlieb Jahr werd door de Fransen George Henri Dieudonné Jahr genoemd.
Duitse arts en homeopaat, leerling van Hahnemann, hoogleeraar in Duitsland en Frankrijk

Hij hielp Hahnemann bij de voorbereiding van de 2e editie van de “Chronische ziekten” en, hoewel hij geen arts was, beval de meester hem aan om Aegidi te vervangen als arts voor de prins Friedrich van Pruisen.
Hij  prakticerende als arts in Parijs, maar werd later verboden dit beroep oefenen en keerde terug naar Duitsland, waar hij in totale armoede stierf.

He was one of the contributors to the Hahnemann Jubilee of 1829, at which date he was practicing at Neuwied in Prussia. His name appears on the Zeitung and Quin lists.

The British Journal of October, 1875, says that Jahr was born at Neudietendorf, a small town in Saxony, in the year 1800.

His youthful studies were made in a Moravian college, where he so distinguished himself that when his education was complete he was offered a professorship in the college, which he accepted. This was in 1825.

How he became acquainted with Hahnemann about that time is not known to us, but it is certain that he was employed by the master to assist him in arranging his pathogeneses.

Hahnemann judged that Jahr’s utility would be much increased if he had a medical education, so he sent him to the University of Bonn, where Jahr completed his medical studies and took his degree.

During all the period of his studies he kept up a lively correspondence with Hahnemann and helped in the work of the Materia Medica. When he quitted Bonn he went to Liege to practice, but when Hahnemann left Coethen for Paris his faithful disciple and useful assistant followed the master to Paris, where he continued until on the outbreak of the late war of 1870 he was forced to quit Paris and the practice he had acquired there after upwards of thirty years’ residence.



He went to Belgium, going first to Liege, then to Ghent, and finally to Brussels, where he endeavored to obtain a practice, and delivered a course of lectures at the homoeopathic dispensary.

But not having a Belgian diploma, he was prohibited from practicing in Belgium. It is thought that this prohibition – which, in fact, deprived him of his livelihood – weighed so much on his spirits that it hastened his death, the immediate apparent cause of which was two large carbuncles.

His colleagues in Belgium entered on a subscription to make up for his loss of professional income ; but though this relieved his pressing necessities, it was unable to avert the fatal issue of his malady.

The works of Jahr are almost too well known to require enumeration. His chief work, ” The Symptomen Codex” and its abridgments, which have been translated into every European language, will cause him to be gratefully remembered by all practitioners of Homoeopathy,

Some of his outer writings are also of considerable value, as his treatises on cholera, on cutaneous maladies, on venereal affections, on diseases of digestion, his “Pharmacopoeia”, and his “Forty Years’ Practice.”

Puhlmann says that : In 1835 we meet with Dr. George Heinrich Gottlieb Jahr, born January 30 th, 1800, died July 11 th, 1875, whose name has become very familiar, and who, among others, has enriched the homoeopathic literature with voluminous contributions which have been translated utter different languages.

His first work was the ” Manual of the Chief Indications for the Use of all known Homoeopathic Remedies in their General and Special Effect, according to Clinical Experience, with a systematic and Alphabetic Repertory.”

On account of its completeness it soon superseded other similar works and was republished in four editions, and, being much used by the German Homoeopathists, a revised edition is now needed.

In 1849 he published a ” Complete Symptomen Codex of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica,” and he has also published several smaller works for daily use, ”Clinical Advice” “Clinical Guide,” etc., which have been frequently republished.

Jahr deviated very reluctantly from Hahnemann’s dogmas ; he tried to revive those which modern science and the progressive Homoeopathists had long ago abandoned, and endeavored to make than correspond with the newer views, or even ignored the latter.

He contributed largely to a certain homoeopathic conservatism in Germany, which might not mislead a practical homoeopathist but run frequently hinder one who is unacquainted with Homoeopathy.

In the New England Medical Gazette for Sept., 1875, appeared the following :

We commend to the younger members of the profession the earnest perusal of tire following biographical sketch sent us by Messieurs Catellan of Paris.

It is a fervid, but by no means exaggerated tribute to a than whose love of learning, whose patient and unselfish devotion to science, whose exalted sense of professional honor, and simple rectitude stand in marked relief from the sordid, grasping spirit, and the wretched indifference to the true interests of our cause, which govern the lives and characterize the labors of by far too large a proportion of Homoeopathists throughout our section of the country.[Editors Gazette.]

On the 9th of July last, a letter dated at Brussels, informed us that Jahr was seriously ill.

Two days later a telegram announced his death. This news has produced in Paris a profound emotion, which re-echoes mournfully from every quarter of the globe, as there is no country where the doctrines of Hahnemann do not count numerous followers, and whither the writings of our friend have not penetrated and rendered service.

After the name of Hahnemann, that of Jahr is indisputably the most widely known, the most popular, and the most intimately associated with the development and diffusion of Homoeopathy.

Dr. Jahr was a scholar in the widest acceptation of the term there is scarcely a branch of knowledge with which he was not familiar.

He found relaxation from his medical researches in notable labors in physics, chemistry, mathematical sciences, philosophy, astronomy, etc. ; his erudition was truly immense, and if he was not appreciated at his full value, – if in some quarters the free acknowledgment of his superiority has been partially withheld, – the reason must be looked for in his simplicity of manner, and his modesty, qualities as precious as they are rare, but which become faults when carried to extremes, as they obscure the merit, and render unavailing the example of wisdom and virtue.

Under an exterior full of kindliness and ease he concealed the rarest qualities ; and those who have not met him in private, and on an intimate footing, will doubt to what degree this uncommon character was possessed of profound knowledge. intellect, rectitude, and self-denial.

It is right, indeed, it is essential, that all, especially the adherents of Homoeopathy, should be made fully acquainted with the merits of this courageous pioneer, this gifted man and distinguished scholar ; and we deem ourselves fortunate to have been chosen to perform this duty, in the name of the Société Médicale Homoeopathique de France, and we herewith express our thanks to the president for having imposed on us a task, which the consciousness of our insufficiency at first prompted us to decline, and for having considered that to narrate the history of this life of labor and of honor the heart might take the place of the head.

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