Selfless Treatment and Spread of Homeopathy: Rajendra Dutta and Nineteenth Century Bengal
Tusar Kanti Saha
Department of History
Santiniketan, Birbhum,West Bengal,India
Abstract: In nineteenth century, while Bengal was in the forefront of various social reform movements, it did not lag behind in medical science, especially in the field of Homeopathy treatment. The pioneer of Homeopathy treatment in Bengal was Rajendra Dutta (1818-1889). Calling him the pioneer of Homeopathy treatment in India would not be an exaggeration. This article shows how he, through his own efforts, brought Homeopathy treatment to the general public as well as the contemporary middle class society. Rajendra Dutta devoted himself to treating poor without receiving any remuneration. His Homeopathy treatment had been praised in various contemporary and later journals and he was able to cure the incurable disease of the respected people of contemporary society and save the lives of people. His treatment was able to gain trust of contemporary British officials and he chose the path of selfless work. He was a ‘swadeshi’ man of Homeopathy practitioner and later his followers speared Homeopathy all over India. Hence, all these issues are discussed in this article in the perspective of nineteenth century Bengal.
Key Words:Conventional, Disciple, Glorious, Indigenous, Legendary, Medical