Douglas Morris Borland 1885 – 1960 was an influential British homeopath. In 1908, he studied with James Tyler Kent in Chicago, and he brought Kentian homeopathy back to England.
Borland qualified MB, ChB at Glasgow University in 1909. After various hospital posts he went to Chicago to study under James Tyler Kent, going as an open minded sceptic and returning as an astonished and convinced homeopath.
After the war he established a consultant practice in London and returned to the staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital, where he subsequently became senior consultant physician and chairman of the staff.
He died in 1960.
“A giant among doctors”. Borland was a “born doctor”, she said, and eminently suited to be a homeopath, because he was always interested in the whole person – body, mind and spirit, so much so that there had been a time when he was undecided whether to go into the Church or into medicine.
At a first meeting Dr. Borland (who was a Scot from Glasgow) often gave an impression of aloofness. But this was only a mask for his shyness. Behind it there was an utterly charming, gentle, and generous personality.
Margery Grace Blackie also wrote:
And I was recommended then
To Dr. Borland, best of men.
He sat me down upon a chair
And started with an absorbing stare.
I felt his eyes investigate
The deepest secrets of my state …
His stare bored down into my heart,
I felt the perspiration start –
My feet, my knees, my hands, my head,
All shook with a consuming dread …
Oh! What a power for a physician
To know by force of intuition
His patient’s scandalous condition.
When I had almost ceased to hope
I thought I saw his fingers grope
And from his pocket came to light
A tiny powder wrapped in white.
One sinewy arm he forward flung
And placed that powder on my tongue –
Scarce had I swallowed the contents
I felt its marvellous influence –
I ceased to sweat, I ceased to shake
I ceased to gibber and to quake.
I felt as certain as old Nick
That Dr. B. had done the trick.
What an experience indeed
For one so long an invalid!
Borland wrote Pneumonias, Influenzas, Homeopathy in Theory and Practice, Homeopathy in Practice, Homeopathy for Mother and Infant, Homeopathic Paediatrics and Acute Prescribing, Some Emergencies of General Practice, Children’s Types, Digestive Drugs, The Treatment of Certain Heart Conditions by Homeopathy, and Post-graduate Correspondence Course in Homeopathy with Margaret Lucy Tyler and John Weir.