Great Masters - Dr S C Ghose - A Homoeopathic Pearl
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOMOEOPATHY 1993 Sep / Oct Vol II NO 5.
Dr Kuhu Das.
Dr. S.C. Ghose was born on 24th July 1870 at Jessore (now Bangladesh). Initially started his medical practice in 1894 at Midnapore and later shifted to Calcutta where he settled permanently.
It is difficult to express in words or in writing, the contributions of Dr. Ghose. He has enriched homoeopathy from all aspects - as an author, as a biographer, as a historian, research worker as well as an Indian drug prover of repute. His major contributions were the writings on history of homoeopathy, biographies of homoeopathic luminaries and his proving of Indian drugs. He was an excellent editor of the prestigious journal - The Hahnemannian Gleanings.
Contribution as a Prover:
Dr. Ghose proved many Indian medicinal plants. Some important ones were - Ficus-religiosa (Aswatha), Nyctanthes-Arbortristis (Shephalicka), Justicia-adhatoda (Basaka) etc. These drugs were included in Clarkes, W. Boerickes, Blackwoods and many other Materia Medicas. He proved these drugs despite great odds as no other homoeopath (except Dr. Salzer) gave him a helping hand. In 1944 he published a book Drugs of Hindustan containing homoeopathic uses and provings of indigenous drugs. In the preface of the book Dr. Ghose says - "India is a vast country and pregnant with treasure house of remedial agents. It will no doubt be a pity, indeed a shame, an unpardonable dereliction of duty, if being bred and brought up and living in this treasure house we fail to take advantage of the latter, to open the former, for the welfare of suffering humanity at large".
Dr. S.C. Ghose was the distinguished editor of the journal Hahnemannian Gleanings from 1932 to 1953. He was also the chief editor of Hahnemann, a Bengali journal. He was the associate editor of the Pacific Coast Journal of Homoeopathy. He wrote for both Indian and foreign journals of England, France and Germany, Homoeopathic World, British Homoeopathic Journal, Homoeopathic Recorder, North American Journal of Homoeopathy, etc.
His papers on Plague and Diabetes Mellitus, Beriberi and Justicia -adhatoda, Tuberculinum and Pneumonia etc. were well accepted in International Homoeopathic Congress and published in their transactions. Other important writings include - Life of Mahendra Lal Sircar and Bisuchika Darpan.
Dr. Ghose was associated with many national and international journals, societies and associations. His most important single contribution, was the setting up of the General Council and State Faculty of Homoeopathic Medicine, Bengal. The bill for establishment of the above two was drafted by Dr. Ghose, who spared no efforts in eliciting the support of the powers that be.
Dr. Ghose died of an attack of apoplexy on 8th August 1953, at the ripe age of 84.
From Biographical History of Hom Vol I published by IIHP 1-5 Raja Dinendra St. Calcutta 700 009.