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Otto von Schron 1837 - 1917

April 16, 2010

Otto von Schron 1837 - 1917, was a German orthodox physician, Director and Professor of Pathological Anatomy at the University of Naples from 1865, who converted to homeopathy,

Schron was a friend of Wilhelm Richard Wagner, and the homeopathic practitioner of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche,

Schron discovered the life of crystals and lectured widely on this using photographs taken with a new micro photographic instrument,

Schron also discovered a new microbe responsible for Tuberculosis, challenging Robert Koch and claiming that Robert Koch’s vaccine did not cure Tuberculosis, rather it aggravated it, (this was probably Avian Tuberculosis - the claim for fame for this discovery has been attributed to Schron’s student Angelo Maffucci or to Edmond Isidore Etienne Nocard),

Schron also identified Schron’s Granules, a structure found in the germinal spot of the ovum,

From The British Medical Journal 11.1.1980: Professor Schron, of Naples, has been nominated by the Common Council of Naples to the freedom of the city and nationalisation as an Italian subject.

The nomination was confirmed unanimously on December 22nd. For twenty five years Dr. Schron has been a highly esteemed teacher in the University of Naples, and has been for many years past Professor of Medicine. His lectures and pathological demonstrations are admirable, and he is as useful at the bedside as in the theatre.

The appointment of a German to an Italian professorship very naturally was at first attended with some opposition, but this soon faded away underthe personal popularity of a successful teacher, and Dr. Schron some ten years ago was able to establish an international hospital, where all the sick are admitted without distinction of creed or nationality.

The Empress Frederick paid a visit to this hospital lately, and expressed her great satisfaction with its principle and mode of administration.

We are happy to be able to state that Dr. Schron was generously aided by an English lady resident in Naples, Lady Bentinck, who gave £6,000 towards the foundation and support of the hospital. It is now supported chiefly by foreigners resident in Naples, and by the shipping of our own and other countries.

We heartily congratulate Professor Schron on on the success of his beneficent career and on the recent recognition of his merit.

Otto von Schron submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications,

Of interest:

Frederick Ludwig Schron 1804 - 1854, MD Munich 1829, was a German orthodox physician, Member of the Physico Medical Society of Erlangen, Member of the Medico Chirurgical Society of Bruges, Royal Criminal Physician of Hof, who converted to homeopathy, Member of the Homeopathic Union of Baden, Member of the Hahnemann Medical Society London,

Frederick Ludwig Schron was the youngest son of a Justiciary Commissioner, educated at the University of Erlangen, he graduated as MD in Munich in 1829, his final thesis was on Digitalis, and he then travelled to Vienna before returning to Hof, where he worked as a quarantine doctor.

Frederick Ludwig Schron converted to homeopathy early on in his career, for his ’love of science’ and proceeded to argue forcibly with the doctrines of Samuel Hahnemann, and in 1839, he published The Natural Curative Processes and the Methods of Treatment, thus earning himself a ’high reputation’ with both homeopaths and allopaths.

Frederick Ludwig Schron died from a burst aneurism in his heart, being carried out of Court after giving evidence in a criminal trial in his role as Royal Criminal Physician of Hof, leaving a widow and 4 children,

Frederick Ludwig Schron’s Obituary is in reported in The British Journal of Homeopathy,

Frederick Ludwig Schron submitted cases to the Allgemeine homöopathische Zeitung in 1847, and he wrote an article entitled The Organon for The Quarterly Homeopathic Journal Volume 1, and he contributed many articles to various homeopathic publications, and to various homeopathic provings,


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