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Carl Steigentesch 1798 - 1875

July 05, 2009

Carl Steigentesch 1798? - 1875? was an Austrian orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy.

Carl Steigentesch was a student of Samuel Hahnemann, and a colleague of Caspar Hoze, Gottlieb Heinrich Georg Jahr, Benoit Jules Mure, Johann Joseph Roth, Leon Francois Adolphe Simon, and many others. Steigentesch’s father was a friend of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller.

Carl Steigentesch and Caspar Hoze may have had family connections through Carl Steigentesch’s ?father, August Ernst Freiherr von Steigentesch, who was a Captain under Karl Philipp Schwarzenberg, and who was a friend of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as was Major General Johann Friedrich Konrad Freiherr von Hotze, who may have been a ?relative of Caspar Hoze. Major General Johann Friedrich Konrad Freiherr von Hotze’s brother was the famous doctor Johannes Hotze.

These Napoleonic connections, and the Europe wide fame of the homeopathic cure of Johann Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz by Christophe Hartung, and the fact that Karl Philipp Schwarzenberg became a patient of Samuel Hahnemann when he was referred to homeopathy by Matthias Marenzeller, plus the possible close family connections between Carl Steigentesch and Caspar Hoze, could explain their excitement, when in 1820 they left to visit the famous Samuel Hahnemann in Paris.

In 1820, Caspar Hoze, and Carl Steigentesch from the Moravian town of Brno (today part of the Czech Republic) travelled to Paris together in order to visit their great role model (Samuel Hahnemann) and to take part in the yearly celebrations of the 10th August (anniversary of Samuel Hahnemann’s doctorate).

On their journey and also during their stay in Paris they became acquainted with homeopaths from other countries, among them Gottlieb Heinrich Georg Jahr, Johann Joseph Roth, and Leon Francois Adolphe Simon, who were in Paris at the time, as well as Benoit Jules Mure, who had come from Palermo.

There were also a number of other physicians who are not known by name but who are known to have come from Montpellier, Dijon, Bordeaux and Madrid. At this point in time, three years before Samuel Hahnemann’s death, homeopathy had already grown into a World movement and had become established in South and North America, in India and in most European countries….

In 1856, Carl Steigentesch is mentioned in Populäre homöopathische Zeitung zur Aufklärung des Volkes über Wirksamkeit, and in 1863, he is mentioned again in Geschichte der Homöopathie.

Of interest:

August Ernst Freiherr von Steigentesch 1774 - 1826 was an Austrian poet, writer and diplomat.

During the Napoleonic War, Auguste von Steigentesch was a Captain under Karl Philipp Schwarzenberg, and he** **was a friend of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

On August 9th, 1810, Baron von Steigentesch purchased the castle Birkenstein (in Moravia) from Sebastian Rosenkart. The castle was thoroughly renovated. In 1820, the castle was acquired by Ludwig Gabriel Comte de Manneville, who married the daughter of the Bavarian General Clemens Wenzel Baron von Raglovich.

After the war, Auguste von Steigentesch became a poet and a writer, whose works were performed by  Giacomo Meyerbeer


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