Constantine Hering, the "Father" of American homeopathy, circa 1860.
flipFlip to Medical students oberserving a surgical procedure, Hahnemann Clinical Amphitheatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1892.
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Sepia image of a man with shoulder length hair, wearing spectacles, and holding a book.

Credit: Drexel University College of Medicine, Archives and Special Collections

Born in Oschatz, Saxony, Constantine Hering (1800-1880) earned a medical degree in Germany, then practiced in Surinam before emigrating to Pennsylvania in 1833. There he established a homeopathic school at Allentown and in 1848 co-founded the school that would later become Philadelphia's Hahnemann University Hospital. Revered by his contemporaries, Herring pioneered the study and teaching of homeopathy in the United States. His important homeopathic works, include the 10-volume Guiding Symptoms, which he did not live to complete.

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