George Dunn 1803 – 1886 LRCS Edin. 1831, LSA 1833, MD Edin. 1848 MBHS, was the Founder and Senior Physician at the St James’s Homeopathic Hospital in Doncaster, Medical Officer of the Great Northern Railway, Consulting Physician to the York Homeopathic Dispensary, Secretary of the Northern Homeopathic Medical Association, Member of the Provincial Medical Council of the London Homeopathic Hospital, Member of the British Homeopathic Society,
George Dunn, LRCS Edin. 1831, LSA 1833, MD Edin. 1848 MBHS,… was the founder of the St James’s Homeopathic Hospital in Doncaster [Doncaster Homeopathic Dispensary (in 1853), ‘20 beds in militia, 6000 outpatients, small Turkish bath on premises.’…
Dr. Dunn had settled in the town in 1833. He became a town councillor and the official physician to the new railway plant. He offered to build a new infirmary or dispensary for the town at his own expense. Which is exactly what the townsfolk wanted.
In due course the hospital was built and opened in January 1853. Dr. Dunn was a homeopath and treated all his patients using Samuel Hahnemann‘s system. This attracted some ridicule amongst other doctors in the town, who called him a ‘medical heretic’.
Dr. Dunn went on to become a Borough Magistrate and the Mayor of Doncaster in 1857, but the grandly styled hospital he founded soon closed and was sold off in the 1880s. It was a YMCA building for many years before being demolished in 1963.
In the 1851 census for the town George Dunn is listed, aged 47, a native of Barnsley, with his sister Eliza 42, unmarried, his wife Sarah 40, five daughters ages 1-10 years and one son aged 1.
He left the town c.1875, to travel the world (visiting India), and died of apoplexy in Hastings, New Zealand in 1886. I am indebted to the Doncaster Metropolitan Library for an article about Dr. Dunn and the Homeopathic Dispensary and also a copy of his entry in the Census of 1851.
Spencer Timothy Hall and George Dunn provide one of the earliest and best examples of a doctor teaching a lay practitioner who then went on to qualify on the continent and in the USA in homeopathy. There must have been dozens of other instances in the nineteenth century of this type of training, and several hundred such semi-qualified practitioners of Eclectic, Thompsonian, Botanic and homeopathic medicine practising in the 1850-90 period in the UK as a whole. None of them were eligible for Registration under the 1858 Medical Act, which wrote them all off as quacks….
George Dunn attended (Anon, The Homeopathic World, Volume 43, (1908). Page 236) the 2nd International Homeopathic Congress held in London (Anon, The Medical Counselor, Volume 7, (The Michigan State Homeopathic Society, 1883). Page 347) in on 11th-18th July 1881 (Anon, The Homeopathic World, (August 1,1881)) at Aberdeen House, Argyll Street, Regent Street.
George Dunn’s Obituary is in The Clinique Volume 7 in 1886,
George Dunn submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications, including Advantages of Homeopathy in the Practice of Surgery,
Walter Hahnemann Dunn, son of George Dunn, Walter Hahnemann Dunn also attended (Anon, The Homeopathic World, Volume 43, (1908). Page 236) the 5th annual International Homeopathic Congress held in London (Anon, The Medical Counselor, Volume 7, (The Michigan State Homeopathic Society, 1883). Page 347) in on 11th-18th July 1881 (Anon, The Homeopathic World, (August 1,1881)) at Aberdeen House, Argyll Street, Regent Street.