HOMEOPATHY. MEDICINE. Somolinos, Cesáreo Martín; Pizá Rosselló, Jaime

La Salud. Manual de homeopatia para uso de las familias.

Madrid: Se vende en la Farmacia Homeopática…. De la Señora Viuda del doctor Somolinos Real Academia Nacional de Medicina, 1873


Octavo: 13 x 8 cm. [i-v], vi-viii, 9-328 p.

FIFTH EDITION of the booklet (1st ed. 1864. All editions are extremely rare).

Bound in a contemporary wallet binding, modified to hold medicine. A rare, complete set comprising a Spanish homeopathy handbook for families together with homeopathic remedies prepared by the Somolinos pharmacy of Madrid, the first homeopathic pharmacy in Spain. 

A fascinating witness to the diffusion and implementation of Hahnemann's theories. Inside the front board there is a carrier for 23 glass vials. A separate, related box (also issued by the Somolinos pharmacy) with a wooden carrier for 45 additional vials is included. Almost all of the small glass vials still contain homeopathic substances.

The inventor of homeopathic theory was the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann (1756-1843), who, according to the principle of 'similia similibus curantur' held that the agent that causes an ailment should be administered, in heavily diluted form, to patients who suffered from that ailment.

Homeopathy did not take root on a large scale in Spain, where there were very few homeopathic doctors or pharmacists. Among the pharmacists who did prepare homeopathic medicines was Cesáreo Martín Somolinos (1827-1878), who set up his shop at 26 Calle Infantas in Madrid. Somolinos also made up and sold pocket homeopathic kits of the kind offered here, some of which are preserved in the Museo de La Farmacia Hispana in Madrid. The author of the manual, Jaime Pizá Rosselló. was director and chief pharmacist of the Somolinos pharmacy.

See Alfonso Galán, "Cesáreo Martín Somolinos: homeopathic pharmacist: his activities in the Hahnemann Society of Madrid", in Boletin de la Sociedad Espanola de Historia de la Farmacia 39 (154-155)