Edward Harris Ruddock 1822 – 1875 MD, member of the Royal College of Surgeons, was an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, to become a Physician at the Reading and Berkshire Homeopathic Dispensary,
Edward Harris Ruddock was a colleague of William H Burt, D A Colton, A M Cushing, Carroll Dunham, E J Fraser, Edwin Moses Hale, Bernhard Hirschel, William Henry Holcombe, Joseph Hooper, Temple S Hoyne, Henry R Madden, C H Marson, John Meyhoffer, George Lennox Moore, William Morgan, John Pattison, Edward Barton Shuldham, and many others.
Edward Harris Ruddock practiced at 12 Victoria Square, Reading.
Edward Harris Ruddock wrote The diseases of infants & children, and their homeopathic treatment, The common diseases of children and their homeopathic and general treatment, The Lady’s Manual of Homeopathic Treatment, The Homeopathic Vade Mecum of Modern Medicine and Surgery, A stepping stone to homeopathy and health, On Consumption, & Tuberculosis of the Lungs, Ruddock’s Family Doctor, Essentials of diet, Textbook of Modern Medicine and Surgery on Homeopathic Principles, Vitalogy, A pocket manual of homeopathic veterinary medicine, The Homeopathic Primer, Ruddock’s Family Guide to Homeopathy and Health, The Common Diseases of Women Including the Homeopathic and General Treatment, Pamphlets [Homeopathic],
Andrew Clark 1st Baronet (1826-1893) believed that ‘faecal poisoning‘ and ‘auto intoxication by faecal products‘ was often at the base of ill health, and in this he took the lead from homeopathic thinking of the time (and today), especially from Edward Harris Ruddock, that constipation was commonly found at the root of ill health. (Helen King, The Disease of Virgins: Green Sickness, Chlorosis and the Problems of Puberty, (Psychology Press, 2004). Page 96). Constipation was considered to be the main culprit in disease at this time. Edward Harris Ruddock preferred the bad diet explanation, as bread and butter was a staple dietary item at this time.