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Jean Jacques Molin 1797 - 1849

October 30, 2008

**Jean Jacques Molin **1797 - 1849 MD Strausberg 1831was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become the Medical Officer at the thermal springs at Luxeuil, member of the Societe des Sciences Physiques et Arts in Paris and the Lower Rhine, publisher of the Journal de la Doctrine Hahnemannien_, _member of the Spanish Medical Institute, member of the Brazilian Homeopathic Medical Academy, Secretary and President of the Societe de Medicine Homeopathique.

Jean Jacques Molin taught Paul Ferdinand Gachet, and he treated George Sand and Frederic Chopin.

Jean Jacques Molin was born at Annecy Savoy and he studied at the Lyceum in Grenoble. At age 16, he became a volunteer under his father and fought in the 1813 and 1814 campaigns, and being wounded, he was appointed Sub Lieutenant. He fought again in 1815 and became a Lieutenant.

Deciding on a medical career, he practiced as an Officer de Sante at the Parisian Academy, and he took his MD in Strausberg with a dissertation On Intermittent Fevers.

Molin became the Medical Officer at the thermal springs at Luxeuil Haute Saone in 1831 - 1836, where he published a work on the springs. In 1836, he resigned his post and returned to Paris to practice homeopathy.

Molin was a member of the Societe des Sciences Physiques et Arts in Paris and the Lower Rhine. He had bee a homeopath since 1830, and was a member of the Societe Homeopathique Gallicane in 1832.

In 1840, he published the Journal de la Doctrine Hahnemannien, and in 1841, he became a member of the Spanish Medical Institute, and in 1847, a member of the Brazilian Homeopathic Medical Academy.

Molin was twice elected Secretary and President of the Societe de Medicine Homeopathique, and he published many articles in homeopathic journals.

Quin in his list of Homoeopathic practitioners of 1834  gives the name of Molin, at which time he was practicing at Luxeuil.

The British Journal for January, 1849, says :

Homoeopathy has lost one of its most worthy representatives. Dr. Molin, President of the Society of Homoeopathic Medicine, was carried off on the 3d of September last, by acute cancer of the month, in the 51st year of his age.

This terrible malady, against which, rich very rare exceptions, science is still impotent, had several times alarmed our colleague, and especially during the latter months of last year.

Too expert a practitioner to be deceived respecting the serious nature of the symptoms he experienced, Dr. Molin made his diagnosis with the tranquility and resignation of a man deeply imbued with religion, hat also with the lost unshaken faith in the remedies of the new system.

And on truth the first attack was subdued, and for some months his health improved. But this was only temporary. In May a suspicious tumor appeared on the sides of the inferior maxillary, and after an exploring incision enormous vegetations appeared and excessive suppuration was established.

The cancerous diathesis and the want of nourishment, which was prevented by the mechanical obstacle presented by the carcinomatous excrescences, soon exhausted his strength, paralyzed all attempts at reaction, and precipitated the fatal catastrophe.

Dr. Molin presided at the society for the last time on the 27th of April.

Jean Jacques Molin, born at Annecy (Savoy), the 13 th of June, 1797, studied at the Lyceum at Grenoble. At 16 he became a volunteer under the command of his father, and made the campaigns of 1813 and 1814 ; having been wounded in battle he was appointed sub-lieutenant.

On the return of the Bourbon he was put on half pay. During the hundred days he joined the sacred battalion, made the campaign of 1815, and was appoint lieutenant.

When the Bourbons again returned he left the army and chose the médical profession. Accepted Officier de Santé at the Parisian Academy, he practiced under that until 1820, when he took his degree of M. D. at the Faculty Strasbourg, after an inaugural dissertation on intermittent fevers.

Appointed médical inspector of the thermal springs Luxeuil (Haute Saône) on the 21 St of October, 1831, He occupied that post until 1836, when he resigned in order to practice Homoeopathy in Paris.

During his inspector ship he published a work on the Springs in reference to their chemical an therapeutical properties, and in consequence of this work he was elected (March 30, 1833,) corresponding- member of the Society of Physical Sciences, Chemistry and Agricultural Art of Paris, and afterwards, on the 22d of August, 1833, corresponding member of the Society of Sciences, Agriculture, and Arts the department of the Lower Rhine, which held its meetings Strasbourg.

Since 1830 he studied and practiced Homeopathy, he was elected member of the Société Homéopathique Gallicane, assembled at Lyon in 1832. During his stay at Luxeuil, he made numerous converts in the neighborhood and spread the knowledge of Homoeopathy especially at Besançon.

He came to Paris in 1836, to follow the practice of Hahnemann, thereby abandoning the brilliant position he had raised himself to.

During 1840 he published the Journal de la doctrine Hahnemannienne, two volumes.

On December 11, 1841, he was elected member of the Spanish Medical Institute ; on November 18, 1847, member of the Brazilian Homoeopathic Medical Academy.

He was twice elected secretary of the Society of Homeopathic Medicine, and twice president.

Jean Jacques Molin died aged 51 with acute cancer of the mouth, and his Obituary is in The Quarterly Homeopathic Journal, The British Journal of Homepathy, and The British and Foreign Homeophatic Medical Directory in 1849.

Of interest:

L Molin, **son of **Jean Jaques Molin?, was a french homeopath and a colleague of Paul Francois Curie, and Chanet, Cramoisy, A Cretin, Fredault, Gounard, Pierre Jousset, Love, Reuben Ludlam, Charles Ozanam, and Perry.


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