Imagine a man who at age 22, was a master of Greek, Latin, English, Italian, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, Spanish, German, & some Chaldaic.
Translated 9400 pages of science text in 29 years. Published more than 2200 printed pages, which included translations, original works & essays, completed 10 volumes on clinical trials, published 70 original works on chemistry & medicine, four 1500 page repertories & numerous articles
He translated 17 medical, chemistry and scientific books from the English, 6 from the French, 1 from the Italian, and 1 from the Latin, totaling over 9400 pages of text in 29 years, which amounts to 324 pages per year, or approximately 1 page every day for 29 years.
His four volume set entitled 'The Pharmaceutical Lexicon', was one of the standard pharmaceutical reference works of his day.
In his day he was a highly respected Medical Practitioner, Scientist and Chemist. He was spoken of as "this celebrated chemist," "One whom chemistry has to thank for many important discoveries."
The leading physician of the day, Dr.Hufeland, spoke of him as "one of the most distinguished physicians of Germany, a physician of mature experience and reflections."
His publications were described as "no ordinary work, but written with an unusual degree of knowledge, reflection and original thought." His wine test first appeared in van Sande's 'Signs of The Purity and Adulterations of Drugs', of which he wrote the greater part of the essay. His wine test was greatly praised in chemical and scientific journals and Trommsdorff's Journal of Pharmacy stated that 'ignorance of his Wine Test was damning evidence of the incompetence of many apothecaries.'
Does he sound like a highly intelligent individual, someone few could compete with, even to this very day?
This same highly gifted (probably one of the most intelligient people ever to have walked this planet, in the same league as Nikola Tesla) super intelligent man went on to publish a work so profoundly different from current thinking that no average medical scientist could understand it, even to this day. That single publication led to him having been ousted, as every other super intelligent scientist in history. So profound was that publication that it changed the course of medicine forever.
His name was Samuel Hahnemann, the discoverer of the most powerful, most effective and most advanced system of medicine known to Man, HOMEOPATHY!
Studying his history is more interesting and impressive than any other person I've ever studied or read about in my life.
Many a great man had been ousted for having gone against the popular opinion of the day.
The following quote, from almost a century ago, provides a possible cause for this sickness:
Public opinion where "Assent becomes a duty"
Something was said first by one, then by two, three and so on, and now it has become what some call a 'public opinion', an opinion of the majority.
Let anyone read the words, "Assent becomes a duty." (V. II., p. 390) in Shipman's Grauvogl:
"What is commonly called public opinion is, plainly speaking, the opinion of two or three persons, and we should convince ourselves of the truth of this, could we but see into the mode in which this public opinion originated.We should then find that there are two or three people who first assumed or decided or affirmed that such and such a thing was so without taking the trouble very thoroughly to examine it. Taking for granted that these had sufficient capacity of judgement, a few others also accepted their opinions; three again are believed by many others, whose indolence rather inclines them to believe it at once than to take the trouble to test it.
Thus grows from day to day the number of such indolent, easily believing adherents; for if the opinion had only gained a goodly number of advocates, those who adopted it afterwards attributed its prosperity to the quasi fact that those already accepting it would have done so only on account of weighty reasons. Others were now constrained to accept what everybody else accepted, lest they might pass for restless souls who were setting themselves up against generally received opinions, and for malapert hinds, who would be wiser than the rest of the world. Assent now becomes a duty.
Now the few who are capable of judging must be silent; and those who are permitted to speak are those who, perfectly incapable of forming their own opinion or judgement, are the mere echo of the opinions of others; nevertheless, they are all the more zealous and intolerant advocates there of. For they hate in those thinking otherwise, not so much the diverse opinion they hold, as the arrogance of daring to judge for themselves; something, by the way, which they never venture themselves, of which they are at least conscious.In short, very few can think, but all claim the right of having opinions; what else then remains for these latter, since they cannot make opinions for themselves, but to adopt the ready-made opinion of others? As this is the case of what avail now are the voices of a hundred million of men?"
"Dico ego, tu dicis, sed denique dixit et ille; dicta que post toties nil nisi dicta vides!" - D.V. Grauvogl