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A Century of Homeopaths

Their Influence on Medicine and Health

Davidson, Jonathan

2014, XIII, 207 p. 109 illus., 14 illus. in color.

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  • Presents homeopathic medicine’s significant contribution to medical progress
  • Organized by the accomplishments of over 100 homeopaths
  • Written for health professionals, researchers, students and those with an interest in medical history

As the values of integrative medicine continues to grow, alternative points of view and treatments are increasing in acceptance and prevalence.  Homeopathic medicine is considered an important root to this approach.  However, contributions of homeopathically qualified doctors have long been overlooked.


A Century of Homeopaths is a detailed account of the many homeopaths who have contributed to medical progress since 1840.  The accomplishments of over 100 homeopaths form the organizing structure of the book - many of whom have been lost to history.  The text describes the ways in which homeopaths have influenced medical practice, research and public health, as well as the seminal effect of homeopaths in the emergence of today's medical specialties and in social reform, thus providing insights to healthcare professionals, researchers, students and medical historians.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Samuel Hahnemann, surgery, anesthesiology, cardiology - homeopaths, homeopathic medicine, homeopathy - modern evidence - policy, politics, public health, bioethics - psychiatry, infectious disease, allergies, pharmacology

Related subjects » Complementary & Alternative Medicine - Medicine

Table of contents 

A Century of Homeopaths: Their Influence on Medicine and Health

Chapter 1. Introduction

A Brief History of Homeopathy

Defining a Homeopath


Chapter 2. Samuel Hahnemann: Rebarbative Genius

Personality and Relationships

Hahnemann as Medical Pioneer

Chapter 3. Women, Reform and Medical Leadership

Professional Barriers, Social Reform and the Role of Women in Homeopathy

New York Medical College and Hospital for Women

Clemence Lozier

Elizabeth Blackwell

Harriet Clisby

Emily Stowe

Mary Safford Blake

Alice Boole Campbell

Susan Smith McKinney Steward (Also Known As Susan Smith McKinney)

Florence Nightingale Ward (1860-1919)

Maria Augusta Generoso Estrella

Geraldine Burton-Branch

Boston Graduates and Students

Mercy B. Jackson

Mary H. Thompson

Lucy Waite

Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Esther Hill Hawks

Julia Holmes Smith

Leila Gertrude Bedell

Martha George Ripley

Anna Howard Shaw

Rebecca Lee Dorsey

Clara Barrus

Eliza Taylor Ransom

Cleveland Graduates

Caroline Brown Winslow

Susan Edson


Laura Matilda Towne


Chapter 4. The Homeopathic Scalpel: Contributions to Surgery from the World of Homeopathy

Dental Surgeons

Josiah Foster Flagg

Gynecology and Obstetrics

George Taylor

Rebecca Lee Dorsey

George Southwick

James Wood

James Ward and Florence Nightingale Ward

Lucy Waite

Walter Crump

Geraldine Burton-Branch


Bukk Carleton

Sprague Carleton

George Nagamatsu

Leonard P. Wershub

General Surgery

Edward C. Franklin

William Tod Helmuth (1833-1902)

Israel Tisdale Talbot

John Mallory Lee

Ophthalmology and Oto-laryngology

Edwin Sterling Munson

L. Grant Selfridge

Cardiac Surgery

Charles Bailey


Chapter 5. Homeopaths and the Dawning of Anesthesiology

Herbert Leo Northrop

Thomas Drysdale Buchanan

Walter M. Boothby

Everett A. Tyler

Henry Ruth

Harold Randall Griffith

Rolland Whitacre

William Neff

Brant Burdell ("BB") Sankey

Kenneth K. Keown

Caleb Matthews

Thomas Skinner

August Bier


Chapter 6. Homeopathy and the Mind: From Alienists to Neuroscientists

Hahnemann's Attitude Towards Mental Illness

Kinship of Homeopathy and Psychiatry

Influential Individuals

Charles Frederick Menninger: An Ambassador-at-Large from the Court of Nature

Rudolf Arndt

Selden Talcott

Samuel Worcester

Bayard Holmes

Emmons Paine

Frank C. Richardson

Henry M. Pollock

Clara Barrus

Henry I. Klopp

Psychiatrists at Fergus Falls State Hospital

The Life and Career fo Solomon Carter Fuller: America's First African-American Psychiatrist

Winfred Overholser (1892-1964): The Dean of Forensic Psychiatry

Oswald Boltz: From Psychiatry to Homeopathy

James Cocke


Chapter 7. Public Health

Tullio S. Verdi

Charles Sumner

Eugene Porter

Charles V. Chapin

Rebecca Lee Dorsey

Hills Cole

James W. Ward

Royal Copeland

Pedro Ortiz

Marcus Kogel

Geraldine Burton-Branch

The Domestic Sanitation Movement

John James Drysdale and John William Hayward

Chapter 8. The Early Days of Radiation: Homeopathic Shadows

Emil Grubbe: First to Use X-Rays in Medicine or Teller of Tall Tales?

The Discovery of X-Rays and Its Impact on Grubbe

Francis Benson

William Dieffenbach

Other Activities

John Mallory Lee

Chapter 9. Heartbeat, Heart Failure, and Homeopathy

Constantin Hering and His Contributions

Hering's Law of Cure

The Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Hahnemann Medical College

Other Contributors to Cardiology

Milton Raisbeck

Measuring Cardiovascular Physiology: 19th Century British Studies

Robert Dudgeon and the Dudgeon Sphygmograph

The Sphygmograph

Experimental Physiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)

Arthur Weysse

Chapter 10. Allergy and Allergic Disorders: Homeopathic Leaders


Charles Blackley

Grant L. Selfridge

Homeopathy, Immunology and Allergy: Other Considerations

Charles Frederick Millspaugh

Chapter 11. Academic Homeopaths Reinvented

Roy Upham: Promoter of International Homeopathy

Conrad Wesselhoeft: Physician in Search of an Identity

Homeopathic Career

Career in Regular Medicine

Linn J. Boyd: From Homeopathic Philosophy to Cardiology

Thomas H. McGavack: Embracing Homeopathy, Endocrinology and Gerontology

Chapter 12. Oncology


Oscar Auerback

Charles Cameron

Howard W. Nowell

Ita Wegman

Edward Cronin Lowe

Chapter 13. Other Stars in the Sky

Gymnastics, Education, Temperance and Social Reform

Dioclesian Lewis

Swedish Massage

Matthias Roth, George Taylor

Chemistry and Administration

Ira Remsen


Carl Fischer

The First Native American Indian in Modern Medicine

Charles Eastman


Edward Cronin Lowe

Chapter 14. Congress, Parliament, Presidents and Monarchs

Charles E. Sawyer

Joel Boone

Willis Danforth

John Weir: The Monarch's Doctor

Homeopaths in Elected Office

Jacob H. Gallinger

Royal S. Copeland

J. Dickson Mabon

The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital

Chapter 15. Bioethics and the Contributions of Otto Guttentag

Personal Background and Training

Academic Career

Guttentag as Homeopath

Contributions to Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Chapter 16. Less is More: Finding the Right Dose

Rudolf Arndt

Hugo Schulz


Limitations of the Arndt-Schulz Law

Drugs: To Be Given Every Day or Intermittently?

Time Dependent Sensitization

Does the Label Tell the Truth? How Much Medicine Is Really There?

Chapter 17. A Homeopathic Rogues' Gallery

Three Charlatans

Edwin Hartley Pratt

Albert Abrams

William Koch

License Fraud

Robert Reddick

Gregory Miller

Power and Betrayal: George Simmons

Homeopaths in Nazi Germany

Karl Koetschau

Other Transgressors: Hans Wapler and Gerhard Madaus

Other Events Relevant to Homeopathy in Nazi Germany

Homeopathy and Murder

Hawley Crippen and James Munyon

Luc Jouret

Chapter 18. Concluding Thoughts

Persecution Against Homeopaths

The Evidence for Efficacy: Does Homeopathy Work?

Basic Rules of Medical Evidence

Major Reviews of Homeopathy

How Might Homeopathy Work?

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