American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists
5112 Wilshire Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Eric L. Foxman, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Complementary Medicine’s Contribution to America
The American Institute of Homeopathy announces the rededication of the Hahnemann Memorial in Washington DC on Wednesday, June 21, 2000. Originally unveiled in 1900, the monument honors the founder of medical homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., and the contribution of Homeopathy to American medicine. The monument was a gift to the American people from the American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH), the nation’s oldest medical society.
The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists has created a sepia toned museum quality poster commemorating this historic event. The poster portrays Dr. Hahnemann’s statue flanked by four bronze reliefs depicting important aspects of his multi-talented career as chemist, medical doctor, lecturer, and scholar. The Hahnemann Memorial, at Scott Circle in Washington DC, is the only monument in our nation’s capital that honors the contributions of a physician and scientist to medicine. The commemorative poster for this year’s rededication event is a gift from the member companies of the AAHP to the AIH and the American public.
This year’s centenial rededication celebration of the monument will open a three day scientific conference, Homeopathy 2000: Rededication and Celebration, organized by the AIH. Featured speakers at the conference include George Vithoulkas, internationally known homeopathic teacher and author; Jennifer Jacobs (M.D., M.P.H.), author and researcher; and Wayne Jonas (M.D.) , former Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
“The centennial celebration, Homeopathy 2000 marks an historic occasion, in more ways than one” says Sandra Chase, M.D., president of the AIH. “The AIH will publicly rededicate this statue which, one hundred years ago, our organization erected and presented to the American people. Many state, regional, and national associations will join in this celebration so that our scientific conference will include dentists, historians, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, and others, as well as our own medical and osteopathic physicians. Indeed,” Dr. Chase adds, “a number of concurrent sessions will be held by the Homeopathic Research Network, the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, as well as day-long tutorials on homeopathy for the consumer and the primary care physician.”
The conference, June 22 – 24, focuses on research, clinical cases, education, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and the political issues surrounding complementary medicine. A one day introduction to homeopathic medical practice for primary care providers will be given on Saturday, June 24, as well as an introduction to homeopathy seminar for consumers at the same time. The Wyndham Hotel, across the street from the Hahnemann Memorial, is the site of the Homeopathy 2000 conference. Dr. J. Jacobs, President-Elect of the AIH notes, “We look forward to celebrating this rededication, and our public conference will feature a wide-ranging program about all aspects of this fascinating healing art. This meeting will create a synergistic effect that will both broaden and bring together the diverse elements of the homeopathic community."
Designed by Mr. Julius F. Harder, the Hahnemann Memorial cost over $120,000 to design and erect (over $3.3 million in today’s dollars); the funds were raised by the AIH through private contributions. The original dedication was attended by President William McKinley, Gen. John M. Wilson (Chief of Engineers), and Attorney General John W. Griggs, as well as the Marine Corps Marching Band. Dr. William Tod Helmuth, noted poet of the day, presented the keynote address, including his Ode to Hahnemann, composed for the occasion.
The AAHP is proud and excited to support this milestone event in American medicine and homeopathy. The growth of homeopathic medicine in the last two decades testifies to the importance the American public places on this time honored medical system. The World Health Organization reports that homeopathy is the second most widely used medical modality for primary health care around the world. As Americans become more familiar with homeopathic medicines, this complementary medical field will continue its rapid growth.
The striking commemorative poster is available from member companies of the AAHP and through the AIH. For more information on the HomEopathy 2000 Rededication and Celebration Conference, the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, or their educational programs, contact the American Institute of Homeopathy at 703-246-9501, or visit their website at www. homeopathyusa.org. For information on ordering copies of the commemorative poster, or the educational programs of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists, call or fax toll free to their message center at 1-800-478-0421.