New - York: William Radde, 300  Broadway. 1859 . 2nd US Edition (Cordasco AA281), with 1853 title page of the 1st US edition (cf. Cordasco AA278). Apparently the 1853 edition re-issued in 1859 by Radde by tipping in a title leaf for 1859. , xvi, 924 pp (including Index). Advert page follows text, announcing another 1853 Radde title as "In Press". The 5th Edition title leaf tipped in prior to the 4th Edition title page. 8vo. Period (publisher's ?) tan quarter-sheep binding & brown cloth boards; gilt title lettering stamped to spine. Bevelled edges. Yellow eps. Modest wear & scuffing to binding. Front hinge paper starting, though no structural impairment. Modern bookplate to ffep. Gutter break prior to last leaf of text. Withal, a solid VG copy. Item #35367
Hempel, considered by many to be the father of American Homoeopathy, was born in Germany, emigrating to the United States in 1835. In 1845, he received his MD degree from the University of the City of New York. His thesis was published by William Radde, for whom he "was to work for many years as a translator and editor of European homeopathic literature. ...
Hempel felt the law of homeopathy to be a universal natural law, and this conviction, along with his coloring of homeopathic principles with the theology of Swedenborg, alienated many in his profession. His practical efforts, however, led to a resolution by the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1868 and began the process of standardization of homeopathic medicines that resulted in 1897 in a homeopathic pharmacopoeia, which became official in 1938. The dissemination of homeopathic literature, however imperfect, and the official recognition of the homeopathic pharmacy can be credited to his efforts. His physiological basis for the study of drugs lends a perfect counterpoint to what some see as the idealism of Hahnemann's method. Many of his translations continued to be used throughout the world into the late twentieth century." [ANBO].