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Getting the facts The exhibition at Goethe-Zentrum   | Photo Credit: Photo: Nagara Gopal

Goethe-Zentrum's homoeopathy exhibition provides plenty of information

Homoeopathy is one of those fields which most people vaguely know of as a form of alternative medicine, without too much knowledge on the facts. So while it might seem incongruous for a language and cultural centre like Goethe-Zentrum to host an exhibition devoted to homoeopathy and its history, the volume of information that it throws up is an eye-opener. The ongoing Homoeopathy – A Medical Approach and Its History at the centre is a comprehensive look at the field, starting off with its inception in the 18th century by physician Samuel Hahnemann. Using pictures and photographs of texts, the exhibition traces the development of homoeopathy and its dissemination across the world – in France, Britain, other European nations, the United States, Central and South America, and India. The form of medicine is built on the premise that ‘there is no disease, just the diseased person and its treatment', and this display takes an in-depth look at its evolution.

Conceptualised by the Institute for the History of Medicine, Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, the exhibition kicked off last week with sessions and panel discussions by eminent physicians in the field. The actual exhibition consists of a series of mounted information panels with structures of text and photographs. While it's unremarkable in terms of size, it's still an interesting overview of a major field.

Homoeopathy – A Medical Approach and Its History is on at Goethe-Zentrum till March 22.