Matt About Town: This obscure DC monument explores the fascinating back story behind alternative medicine

The funky backstory behind an obscure DC monument and alternative medicine

It’s an obscure D.C. Monument dedicated to an often-debated form of medicine and its founder.

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax takes us to Scott Circle in Northwest D.C. — to the Samuel Hahnemann statue.

Hahnemann, a German physician, is credited with founding the system of alternative medicine called homeopathy. But the validity of the science behind homeopathy has been questioned by many in the medical community for hundreds of years.

Today, there are still millions worldwide who practice homeopathy. But because of the controversy surrounding the practice, this monument — located near Massachusetts Avenue, Rhode Island Avenue and 16th Street NW — was almost never constructed.

Come along with Matt, and recurring “MAT” guest National Parks Ranger Mike Litterst, to find out why that all changed when William McKinley became the 25th U.S. president in 1897.

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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