The New International Encyclopædia/Hempel, Charles Julius

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HEM'PEL, Charles Julius (1811-79). An American homeopathist. He was born at Solingen, in Prussia, and was educated there, at the University of Paris, and, after coming to the United States (1835), at New York University. In 1857 he became professor of materia medica at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, and later practiced at Grand Rapids, Mich., where he died. A man of considerable literary ability, Hempel, who when a student in Paris had assisted in the preparation of Michelet's Histoire de la France, published translations of Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases (1846), and of Jahr's Mental Diseases (1853), as well as other homeopathic manuals. His most important works, however, were: A System of Materia Medica and Therapeutics (1859); The Science of Homœopathy (1874); and among several miscellaneous studies, Christendom and Civilization (1840).