William Hitchman ?1817 – ?1889 MRCS London 1844, MD *Erlangen 1851, FLS, was a British orthodox physician, member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Physician at the London Sanitarium, Regent’s Park, London, District Medical Officer at the Cirencester Union and the Workhouse Infirmary in Cirencester, who converted to homeopathy to become a Physician and Surgeon at the Liverpool Homeopathic Dispensary,
‘… I have been acquainted with the morbid effects of vaccination for nearly 40 years, and have witnessed crowds of cases, both in hospitals and private practice, analogous to the Guy’s Hospital model; but lest my testimony may not be deemed sufficiently impartial or unbiassed, I shall quote from the records of the Smallpox Hospital, to prove that pure lymph, even in the hands of MR. MARSON himself, is occasionally attended with very impure consequences.
M. A. W., aged 4, a fine child, was vaccinated by MR. MARSON in five places on the left arm, the poor child at the time being in perfect health, on the 19th May. The arms soon became severely inflamed, and spots of purpura appeared on the face. The vesicles on the eighth day appeared dark and filled with blood, and numerous effusions were dispmersed over the entire body. The areola assumed a mahogany appearance.
In fact, the vaccine vesicles were jet black with fearful blotches—worse, I think, than the eruption of small pox itself— dispersed (as I have said) over the whole body of this unhappy child thus “protected” by a paternal Government from disease; more especially involving the face, neck, and arms, and over the skin, together with bleeding from the left ear and nostril. Enough, and to spare, of these morbid phenomena now propagated by Acts of Parliament.
William Hitchman wrote Consumption: its nature, prevention, and homeopathic treatment, Lectures on the Principles and Practice of Homeopathy, Observations on Melaena, Popular Lectures on Homeopathy, The Essentials of Homeopathy, Homeopathy and Allopathy, Cure of a cholera case, On Infantile Convulsions, An Essay on the state of the blood and blood vessells in inflammation, What is Homeopathy,
*In 1863, the Medical Council rejected William Hitchman’s MD from the University of Bavaria, and refused to Register him accordingly,