“A homeopathic physician must learn what are the “good symptoms” and the “guiding symptoms”. This takes study and practice. I think you get better with age!” – Jost Kunzli
Jost Kunzli von Fimmelsberg 1915 – 1992 was a Swiss orthodox physician and gynecologist, who converted to homeopathy, as his father and his grandfather were already homeopathic doctors. Dr. Kunzli received his primary schooling in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He then attended the Universities of Zurich, Berlin, Kiel, and Paris. At the beginning of World War II, he returned to Zurich (1941) where he took his final examinations as M. D. Dr. Kunzli interned in a Bern, Switzerland hospital in surgery and internal medicine. He then interned for one year in Geneva, Switzerland, with Dr. Pierre Schmidt, who indeed is one of the finest homeopathic physicians. In 1949, Dr. Kunzli began his practice in St. Gallen, Switzerland in “pure, classical Homeopathy”. Dr. Kunzli was a teacher of homeopathy who revitalized homeopathy for the 21st Century. He is one of the homeopaths responsible for the introduction of Q potencies and for training a great many of nearly 4000 successful homeopaths registered in Germany today. Dr. Kunzli also produced Kent’s Repertorium Generale, which is very influential today, based on Kent’s Repertory and incorporating updates from 71 other important sources, it is reorganized and superbly efficient. Kunzli is also noted to have used black dots to indicate confirmed rubrics and remedies, which is a very difficult task. Dr. Kunzli was a student of Pierre Schmidt, and he subsequently went on to teach homeopathy in German speaking Switzerland. Dr. Kunzli and Pierre Schmidt were pioneers of the rediscovered Q potencies in homeopathy, and in 1947, they began their manufacture, starting with Sulphur. The Schmidt Nagel Laboratory is still manufacturing these remedies today. Dr.Kunzli is also noted to have used black dots to indicate confirmed rubrics and remedies. Concurrently, Pierre Schmidt and his follower Jost Kunzli discovered the new prescriptions for preparing medicines in the 6th Organon and began to produce all so-called antipsoric remedies in the form of Q-potencies from 1949 onwards. In 1973, Kunzli translated James Tyler Kent’s textbook “Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy” into German. Almost two decades before that, he had helped Pierre Schmidt with his French translation of the 6th edition of the Organon. “I cannot get myself to see the quinqua-millesimal potencies merely as a historical curiosity, because I am convinced that they have certain advantages. As soon as I can look back over about ten years of experience I will happily share it.” He did this, in fact, much sooner: in 1960. In a contribution to the Zeitschrift für Klassische Homöopathie Kunzli writes at length about the manufacture and use of the Q-potencies. He starts by describing the manufacturing process in detail following the instructions in §270 of the 6th edition, which he had helped to translate into French.