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Johann Joseph Wilhelm Lux

Johann Joseph Wilhelm Lux ( 1773-1849) was born in Oppeln. Like Hahnemann, he was a member of the 'Leipziger Oekonomischen Gesellschaft ' (Economic society of Leipzig). Hahnemann  wanted to give a lecture about  the 'Homoeopathic healing art of  animals' , and it is supposed  that he held this lecture on one of the meetings of this society -  though we have no definite knowledge about this - and Lux thus got first-hand knowledge about the treatment of animals.
This manuscript was written by Hahnemann between 1811 and 1821. Some vets, like Genzke, tried to follow his teachings. Others, like Lux, deviated from this path.
Lux came into contact with homoeopathy between 1814 and 1820, that was before Hering enrolled for his study of medicine at the University of Leipzig! Enthusiastically he adopted the new method of healing, and by 1833 he developped his own form of healing: Isopathy - Aequalia aequalibus.
We know that he had contact with Hahnemann: 1832 he a wrote a letter to Hahnemann, asking for permission to dedicate Hahnemann his journal 'Zooiasis' , a letter unanswered by Hahnemann. In 1834 Hahnemann wrote a letter to Lux - during this time Lux was administrator of funds of the 'Heilanstalt of Leipzig' - reproaching him for not having paid the salaries to the head of doctors, Dr. Schweikert.
To demonstrate that Lux was not just a vet, but had a solid background in several sciences:

from 1793 - 1800 he studied medicine in Oppeln, jurisprudence in Jena, then veterinary medicine in Breslau.
1800 - 1803 he stayed at the 'Thierarzneischule' (College of veterinary medicine) in Berlin.
1803 - 1805 he studied medicine, economy and botany in Leipzig.
In 1805 he got his degree of 'Doctor of philosophy', after having achieved his Magister liberalium artium.
1805/1806 he held lectures at the University of Leipzig.
He started to practice in 1810, and continued to work till 1847. During this time he wrote 14 books, and published several articles.
From 1832 to 1837 he was member of the 'Homoeopathischer Centralverein' .

A case:
A horse did not want to eat sufficiently, sometimes got colics. Lux sent Nux-v , 5 glob. C15. 12 days later the horse had sufficient appetite, no colics during this time, but started to get the strangles with some discharge from the nose. Lux gave Dulc, 2 glob. C9, and the horse was completely restored to health.

In 1833 he published the article 'Isopathic of contagions' (31 pages), with the thesis: Aequalia aequalibus curentur. He found the C30 the most effective potency for this method.

A case:
December 31, 1831 a horse with glanders (malleus) received 10 drops of Ozaena, 30eth potency. January, 14 there was already marked improvement, but the right rear leg was more swollen. He gave 10 drops of the 15th potency. On January 28, the submaxillary gland had reduced remarkably in size, but 3 holes had developped on the leg. He recognized, that the holes were an effect of the medicine, and gave placebo. February 18, 1832, the holes were closed, the leg in normal shape. He gave 5 grains of No. 33, and during 4 weeks 5 grains of No.30. [we do not know, what these powders contained, GR] Health of this horse was then completely restored.
From 1833 - 1838 his opponents (Genzke, Thorer, Hering) and advocates (Groß, Griesselich, Mueller) had fervent disputes about this method in the journal 'Allgemeine Homoeopathische Zeitung'. Lux himself only published in his own journal 'Zooiasis', which ceased to be published in 1836 because only farmers and lay persons, but no vet wanted to contribute any articles.
One of the interesting effects of the development of Isopathy was, that the new healing method with potentized medicines was tested at universities!
Several weeks after the first publishing of 'Zooiasis'  a study was conducted at the royal veterinary college at Berlin: 4 isopathic and 18 homoeopathic trials were conducted, but with negative results. According to Lux the negative results were due to inexact experimental conditions, lax adherence to Lux's suggestions for therapy and the lacking of specific knowledge.

[Sources: M. Dinges, 'Homöopathie', 1996, Haug Verlag]

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Last update:  July,  2014