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Dome Argenti 1809 - 1893

October 09, 2009

Vac HungaryDome Argenti (Doeme or Demetrios Argenti) 1809 - 1893 MD was a Greek of Italian descent orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become Vice President of the Hungarian Homeopathic Association,

Dome Argenti was a colleague of Jozseph Bakody, Tivadar Bakody, Paul Almasi Balogh, Tihamer Almasi Balogh, Franz Cservinka, Gyorgy Forgo, Janos Garay, Ferenc Franz Hausmann, Istvan Vezekenyi Horner, Ivanovich, Ritter von Koch, Pal Kovacs, Mor Moskowitz, Anton Eduard Nehrer, Jozsef Pal, Seteth, Sigmann, Streibig, Moric Szentkiralyi, Abraham von Szontagh, Weißweiler, and many others.

Argenti practiced in Weitzen in Hungary,

In 1847, Dome Argenti has published “a work for amateurs and beginners of medicine under the title  Homeopathic treatment of various diseases.

It was in the coming decades, the most popular works on homeopathy, published in eight German Hungarian and two runs and about 10,000 have been sold.

Argentis’ book was not the only one that was written for lay people. Other books for the layman include, works by Andras Ivanovich The Travelling doctor of homeopathy, and Guide for mild and severe disease and  What one thinks of homeopathy? by Imre Lovasz, as well as works of Dr. Kraus, Carl Gottlob Caspari, and Hufelandgasse in German.

There was also demand for books on homeopathic veterinary medicine. Friedrich August Gunther’s book, veterinary doctor of homeopathy appeared in 1857, and the translation of the lawyer Imre Naray. In 1862, the work of Clotar Mueller Der homöopathische Haus- und Familienarzt in Hungarian translation was also available, also containing instances of veterinary medicine.

The Book of Karoly Bohm (Carl Ludwig Bohm)_ Public interest book on homeopathic veterinary medicine_ appeared in 1864, and a year later Gyorgy Huebner’s Veterinary practitioner for homeopathy was published.

In 1860, Dome Argenti wrote another popular book for lay people, under the title Homeopathische Behandulung Verschiednener Krankeiten Pest (Homeopathic companion for the elimination of acute illnesses arising). The great popularity of his books and the repeated reprintings meant that only limited new books were written for lay people in the second half of the 19th Century…

Few documents have been preserved, can provide information on the activities of homeopaths in the Bach era. An indirect source for the activity of Homeopaths is the protest letters that were sent to pharmacists from nine counties to the Ministry.

They wanted to prevent the free sale of medicines by homeopaths. The income of the pharmacy was much reduced, unless the patients shopped in pharmacies, and did not obtain medicine directly from the doctor.

Dome Argenti later recalled these protests: “A real homeopath calls for the medicine and never a penny of which has never been so much that he could cause harm someone in doubtful cases. On the contrary, say the gentlemen pharmacist that the dosage of the homeopath is simply nothing. Why do not they demand that the hydropaths have to buy in pharmacies, the water in the barrel?

The Argenti family (Greek of Italian Descent) derived its origin from the island of Chios, (where they had settled before the Genoese captured the Island) and Argenti’s father, a well to do merchant in Vac, claimed kinship with the Viennese merchant family Argenti,

Argenti wrote Homeopathic Treatment of Varius Illnesses, _Homeopathische Behandulung Verschiednener Krankeiten Pest_, and he submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic and other publications, and he was a prover of homeopathic remedies,