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Henry Duprat 1878 - 1968

September 23, 2009

Henry Duprat 1878 - 1968Henry Duprat 1878 - 1968 was a Swiss French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, the Editor of the Propagateur de L’homeopathie, member of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris and Geneva, President of the Company Rhodanienne homeopathy, cofounder of the Societe Rhodanienne d’Homéopathie,

Henry Duprat was a colleague of Arnulphy, Paul Chiron, D ‘Espiney, Gailhard, Jean Pierre Gallavardin, Jean Jarricot, Pierre Jousset, Antoine Nebel, Charles Pahud, Rouy, Pierre Schmidt, Vadon, Leon Vannier,

Henry Duprat practiced in Geneva,

Henry Duprat writes of Antoine Nebel:

“After my first three years of practice in France, during which I had the immense privilege of being introduced to homeopathy, I came, from the single doctor who practiced this method, move to Geneva not without having to go back to my session examination and made a second doctorate.

“I already knew the existence of Antoine Nebel as homeopathic doctor, but I had barely opened my cabinet genevois before I heard a lot about him. He had moved to Lausanne and his reputation for healing was already widespread in Switzerland.

Antoine Nebel had started as a practitioner, but still ignorant of homeopathy, in the canton of St. Gallen where very penetrated resource “nature medication”, he immediately showed his preference for herbal and botanical knowledge, and he searched along the paths in the woods and the main elements of its therapy.

“Then he got to know Dr. Grubenman, renowned homeopathic practitioner of St. Gallen, who revealed to him the mysteries of our doctrine and our technique. Antoine Nebel sought out our distinguished colleague and his “conversion” was not slow to come and first to bear fruit in Switzerland, under the masterly direction of the illustrious Dr. Beck, Monthey (Valais), whose talent shines very bright in the history of Swiss homeopathy.

“Installed first in Montreux where, very quickly, the Customers poured into his office, and for good reason, Antoine Nebel already keenly interested in the field of tuberculosis left the canton of Vaud to undertake management of homeopathic sanatorium in Davos. But the limits imposed by this specialization could only disappoint his insatiable curiosity medical.

“He left for Davos and settled finally in Lausanne.  Of course, early in my practice in Geneva, I was very anxious to know him, and we met on the dock to the station Cornavin where I  expected to implore his bedside lights for one of my patients. Our relations were soon very close and particularly cordial.

“How I remember those frequent “weekend”, in Lausanne, where in his home, his wife and his three sons, who I was soon to consider as dear nephews.  And so smiling and affectionate was the mother of these children!

“Frequently other colleagues joined us in these meetings Sunday and Jean Pierre Gallavardin became one of the most faithful. He devoted a very high esteem and great friendship to Antoine Nebel.  Later, Jean Pierre Gallavardin made an extended stay with our friend for the documentation of a precise and orderly study, and to make a written statement of his creative work in the field and especially in pathological homeopathic therapeutics.

“Indeed, Antoine Nebel, overloaded with clients and employing his few leisure professionals to study and research laboratory did, rarely time to write.  Unfortunately, a cruel and stupid fate stopped this precious achievement.

“The war of 1914-18 we took our dear Jean Pierre Gallavardin. Thank you God, a few years later, in his excellent work and different, our Vice President, Dr. Rouy, very attentive student of Antoine Nebel and very understanding of his work, has manifested to a large extent the dream of Jean Pierre Gallavardin.

“It was therefore one of our first encounters when Jean Pierre Gallavardin begged me to accept the co-writing of a collaborative French speaking Switzerland, and in the dissemination and the defense of our doctrine.  We then benefitted from the great influence of Pierre Jousset, remarkable clinician, pathologist but perhaps a therapist. Very clearly indeed, he taught homeopathy, that codified our treatments as much as nosological diagnosis after the patient’s individual need.  It must be recognized that Pierre Jousset provided a testimony of value to the teaching of the founder of our School. He also allowed the infinitesimale 30th dilution.

“And that these two views, individual and high infinitesime, that the French Society, almost completely under Pierre Jousset, saw conflicts.  I will never forget meeting of some 1909 attended by several members of the corresponding Company: Jean Pierre Gallavardin, Antoine Nebel, myself, during which Leon Vannier, then great admirer and defender of Antoine Nebel, spoke of a very high dilution which had a remarkable result in a case of asthma. A similar statement appeared a scandal in the eyes of Pierre Jousset and the majority of the Company.

“Of course, we replicated these potency studies, as did Antoine Nebel, Jean Pierre Gallavardin, Leon Vannier, and myself.  In this session we came occasionally to talk about fibroids, a condition condidered outside of our therapeutic possibilities!  Antoine Nebel could not refrain from expressing his astonishment to hear such a statement in the mouth of a homeopathic doctor.

“Ultimately, the famous meeting was placed in the hands of Jean Pierre Gallavardin, whose sharp weapons he did not fail to use effectively to attack the eminent  Pierre Jousset who had criticized Jean Pierre Gallavardin.

“We were a few French speaking countries, France and Switzerland, to feel the need not consent to such a narrowing of the homeopathic art  based on respect for principles Hahnemannian without neglecting, of course, any other suggestions of enrich them.  Thus, Antoine Nebel and Jean Pierre Gallavardin resolved the creation in Switzerland a distant echo of the first Gallican Society.  We gave this the title of Homeopaths Society of Physicians of South East of France and French speaking Switzerland.

“The Company was initially a small group, consisting of the first meetings of a dozen members: Antoine Nebel, Jean Pierre Gallavardin, D ‘Espiney and Vadon, Lyon, Gailhard, Marseille, Leon Vannier and Paul Chiron, Paris, Arnulphy, Nice,  and myself. From these initial meetings Antoine Nebel gradually reveals his personal acquisitions: tuberculin mineral constitutions, and his constant teaching of these valuable ideas which led Leon Vannier to continue these studies.

“Moreover, Antoine Nebel was assisting us to build what he called the family tree of our major substantive remedies, whose clinical pictures enriched by him, the pathogenesis of our remedies.  The value of the contributions to our therapy by Antoine Nebel cannot be challenged. As an excellent Jean Jarricot, in his account of the recent work of our Vice President , Dr. Rouy, our Master Hahnemann’s legacy in his discoveries and teaching the “seeds of future harvests.  It is the duty of his disciples to grow these seeds, which have Antoine Nebel has largely contributed.

“I can not refrain from mentioning here, in this regard, an article by my colleague from Geneva, Pierre Schmidt, whose article was published Spanish translation, a few days of the death of our founder, in the newspaper Homeopathia which is the journal of the Medical Association Homoeopathique Argentina. That Pierre Schmidt would allow me to revert to more of the assessments made in that article where it said the “autocratic opinions” of Antoine Nebel would not be autocratic to say strongly and repeatedly, when it arises from a wide experience and constant and is approved by the logic.”

Henry Duprat wrote Théorie et technique homéopathiques, Traité de matière médicale homéopathique_]([_L’adénopathie trachéo-bronchique tuberculeuse chez les enfants, Médecine homoeopathique et médecine naturiste, L’homoeopathie toujours vivante et victorieuse, Le docteur Huchard et l’homoeopathie and Psychisme et homéopathie with Jean Pierre Gallavardin, L’homoeopathie et sa critique, Réponse au professeur Maurice Roch à propos de son jugement sur l’homéopathie, Materia medica omeopatica,


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