Charles McKenzie Dinsmoor 1828 – 1990

Charles McKenzie DinsmoorCharles McKenzie Dinsmoor 1828 – 1990, graduate of the Missouri Homeopathic Medical College and the Hahnemann Medical College Chicago, president of the Nebraska State Homeopathic Medical Society, vice president of the Western Academy of Homeopathy, president of the Associated Alumni of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Chicago, and a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy. Chancellor Commander of Knights of Pythias Nebraska Lodge, Surgeon Major of the Second Regiment, (Omaha) Uniform Rank.

is of Scotch descent. His ancestors emigrated from the mother country and came to New Boston, New Hampshire, in 1756. The subject of this sketch was born in Windsor county, Vermont, August 1, 1828, and he lived there with his grandfather, Deacon Charles McKenzie, on the latter’s farm, until he arrived at the age of eighteen years.

came to Omaha in March, 1878, and has since practiced medicine here. He is proprietor of an extensive sanitarium, covering an area of 2,240 square feet, and comprising fifteen rooms. The electric facilities are superior to anything of the kind in this part of the West.

Dr. Dinsmoor was born in Windsor County, Vt., August 1, 1828, living there until twenty-three years of age. He pursued his literary studies at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N. H., and at Waterville College, in Maine.

He studied medicine with Dr. Ira Warren, of Boston; Dr. Horace Green of New York City, at the Vermont Medical College, the Eclectic Medical College, New York, a partial course at Harvard, at the Missouri Homeopathic Medical College, St. Louis, Mo., and at the Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, Ill.

He has practiced medicine in Massachusetts, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska, and is a member of the Northwestern Homeopathic Medical Society, and of the Nebraska State Homeopathic Society, of which he is president.

The Doctor has been engaged in practice now for twenty years. He has facilities for all kinds of electrical treatment, having all the modern appliances. He has invested over $4,000 in his sanitarium, and draws a large and lucrative practice from the better classes.

The Turkish bath is fast becoming one of the leading medical adjuncts of modern practice. It is practically an American Institution, after being tested by a quarter of a century’s experience in Great Britain and other European countries. It is regarded as the safest and most reliable cure for all classes of disease.

As a prophylactic it is unequaled. It cleanses the skin and removes all effete matter that accumulates upon its surface. It opens the pores and establishes a healthy action of the perspiratory tubes. It removes from the blood the impurities which cause disease.

It equalizes the circulation. It renders the skin less susceptible to changes of the weather. It promotes absorption and removes the system all superfluous deposits that have accumulated in the tissues. It strengthens and toughens the tissues of the whole body, greatly lessening the liability to disease.

It soothes and strengthens the nerves, promotes sleep and preserves health. It aids digestion and assimilation, and tends to establish a healthy action of all the organs of the body. It takes the place of exercise for those leading sedentary or indoor lives, as every muscle of the body is thoroughly exercised while in the hands of the manipulator.

This bath should be taken once a week by every lady and gentleman. It is adapted more especially to young men and women. By pursuing such a course they would preserve a more perfect condition of health, be less liable to disease, and better able to meet the requirements of life, both business and social.

This bath is neither severe nor debilitating–a child can take it–and in case of debility and prostration we give it most frequently and obtain the best results. Patients frequently gain a half a pound a day.

This bath is particularly valuable in derangements and irregularities to which many ladies are subject. It increases and restores vitality, opens the pores and purifies the blood, and excels all cosmetics for the beautification of the complexion.

Dr. Dinsmoor has made this subject one of long and profound study, and to-day ranks with the most successful in the treatment of disease by this method. He has the assistance of the best help in the country, and affords opportunities to the invalid for improvement rarely to be found elsewhere.

2 thoughts on “Charles McKenzie Dinsmoor 1828 – 1990”

  1. Read the article and was wondering if Dinsmoor and my gr gr grandfather, Dr, E.W. Burnham, (AKA Edward Burnham-Edwin Burnham-John Burnham, Edwin Wm. Burnham) were associates? was born in England 1805, moved to Maine and at age 11 began to study medicine under Dr. Winslow Wright. His life really mirrors Dinsmoor’s. He practiced med in Indiana, Kentucky, and moved to Kansas then to Pawnee City, Nebraska, where he died in 1890. While there he ran a mineral bath house and I have seen an ad that ran in the local paper where he offered homopathic medicine. Was there a license to practice back then? Would apprecite any info.

  2. Hi Barb

    A quick search in Google Books ( reveals a Norman Griswold Burnham 1829 – 1919, homeopath, who had a son Arthur Burnham (also a homeopath), but no Edwin William Burnham.

    I would suspect that anyone associated with a water cure establishment in 1890 would offer homeopathic remedies, either by practicing as a lay practitioner, or most likely, as a qualified homeopath from one of the very many homeopathic colleges offering full training in homeopathy, which would have been thorough enough to bring most students up to full medical standards.

    It was also possible that Edwin William Burnham would have had fully qualified homeopaths working at his establishment, which was also a very common practice.

    Many homeopathic colleges at this time also specialised in training women and black people (especially escaped slaves from 1860s onwards), and not everyone emerged from these colleges as fully qualified medical practitioners, for example see my blog on Mary Seacole and her mother, who practiced as a lay homeopath and a healer, who also used traditional Caribbean and African herbal remedies.

    Orthodox medical schools would not train anyone unless they were male and white, of course, and eventually, the allopaths forced the homeopathic colleges to close, mainly because they trained ‘undesireables’, (as well as competing with allopaths for the medical business), so 1890 was a completely different world, compared to today.


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