L D Umanskiy 1912 – 1983
October 03, 2009
L D Umanskiy 1912? – 1983? MD was a Russian orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, member of the All Russian Society of Doctor Homeopaths, member of The Moscow Homeopathic Society,
Umanskiy was involved with the 1975 clinical trials into homeopathy in Moscow, that proved successful enough to allow homeopathy to begin its resurgence in modern Russia.
In post Revolutionary times, the most important step in the life of Russian Homeopathy was the foundation of the All Russian Homeopathic Society of Doctor Homeopaths in Moscow in 1920.
Doctor Sokolov, the remarkable promoter of Homeopathy, became its first chairman. It was he who was the head of the Moscow delegation at the first Russian Congress of Homeopathic Adherents. V N Sokolov managed to collect around him such talented doctors as V V Postnikov, Vasily N Dunkel and some others.
In The All Russian Society of Doctor Homeopaths, they studied Homeopathic methodology, published Russian and foreign literature and promoted Homeopathy among the medical community.
In 1938, during the time of Stalin’s repression, the society was closed. V V Postnikov and D Kegeli died of serious diseases after they were released from prison.
In 1936, homeopathic clinics were opened in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Riga. One of the oldest Homeopathic drug stores functions in Riga. It is 150 years old now.
In 1958, The Moscow Homeopathic Society was opened. V I Ribak was elected its first president. The society held clinical analytical sessions with patients, republished classics of Homeopathy and organized the training of doctors homeopaths.
A number of remarkable doctors played a very important role in the promotion of Homeopathy both in the 19th and 20th centuries. They are Moscow doctors N M Vavilova, S A Mukhin, I M Lipnitskiy, V I Varshavskiy. Their high professional skills and effectiveness in treating patients promoted the stability of Homeopathy and preservation of Homeopathic methodology. It also helped to educate a new generation of doctors.
Each of them wrote a manuscript and trained disciples who continued their Guru’s cause. The books written by N M Vavilova and I M Lipnitskiy are still used as manuals for doctors practicing Homeopathy.
The Public Health Services Administration doubted the efficiency of the Homeopathic method and repeatedly arranged experiments to study the comparative efficiency of homeopathic and conventional methods.
Four clinical experiments were conducted from 1937 to 1975. The experiments were carried out at hospitals practicing conventional methodology. Quite often the professors and specialists responsible for the experiments had a negative attitude to the research they participated in.
However, the obvious positive results of treatment and objectivity of some participants in the experiment made the survival of the homeopathic method possible in Moscow and some other cities in the Soviet Union.
The period between 1968 and 1974 was the most difficult time for Soviet Homeopathy. In 1968, the notorious Order 610 was issued. It banned the teaching of Homeopathy as well as the publishing of Homeopathic literature. The Moscow Homeopathic Society was disbanded and 20 Homeopathic remedies were banned.
In 1975, by the order of the minister of Public Health Services, an experiment was conducted at six Moscow clinics and research centers in Moscow to test the efficiency of Homeopathic Method of treatment.
The names of the doctors who took part in this experiment must be mentioned. They are I M Lipnitskiy, who was in charge of the experiment, I E Seletskiy, L S Korsakov, V G Glaz, A B Khazanova, A C Trubitsin, O G Chaikin, N P Vavilov, S O Sarapina, L A Kaplan, E G Klimova, A M Shelepenko, Z P Freyman, N M Kononova, Y Z Lubchin, L D Umanskiy, S G Order, A D Sokolova, L O Zilbertrud.