James Peddie Harper 1830 – 1906

James Peddie Harper ?1830 – ?1906 LRCS Edinburgh 1848, MD Edinburgh 1848, MBHS, was a British orthodox physician, Physician at the Fever and Casualty Hospital in Leith, Surgeon to the Edinburgh Artilery Regimental Militia, House Surgeon at the Royal Dumfries Infirmary, Assistant Medical Officer at Minto House Hospital and Dispensary, who converted to homeopathy to become a Member of the British Homeopathic Society, the Physician at the Windsor Homeopathic Dispensary, and the successor to Hugh Cameron‘s homeopathic practice in Hertford Street, and homeopathic physician of Florence Nightingale‘s sister, Continue reading James Peddie Harper 1830 – 1906

Robert Harmer Smith 1823 – 1893

Robert Harmer Smith ?1823 – ?1893 MD Glasgow 1853, MRCS England 1853, LSA London 1853, LM 1862, MBHS, was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, joined the British Homeopathic Society in 1861, and who was politically active in the homeopathic community,

Harmer Smith was a Physician at the Norfolk and Norwich Homeopathic Dispensary, in 1868, Harmer was practicing at the Richmond Homeopathic Dispensary at Sion Row, Marshgate Road, Richmond, and 1 George Street Richmond, and in 1869 he was living at Court Lodge Richmond, and in 1872, he was living in Blackheath.

Harmer Smith contributed cases and articles to various homeopathic publications, including the use of Baptisia in typhoid fever, and The Principles on which Auxilliaries may be consistently used by Homeopathic Practitioners,

Of interest

F Harmer is mentioned in The British Homeopathic Review, Volume 23 in 1879

Harmer Smith – I cannot determine if this is the same man or two different men – but both were definitely homeopaths in the late 19th in England,

William Gwillim 1799 – 1881

William Gwillim 1799 – 1881 LSA London 1819, MRCS England 1821, MD Erlangen 1831, was a Britishh orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy,

In 1855, William Gwillim was living at Berbice Villa, Hereford and he was a member of the British Institute of Homeopathy. In 1868, he was a Medical officer at the Cheltenham Homeopathic Dispensary alongside Arthur Grattan Guinness, in 1869, he was retired and living at 8 Paragon Hackney, and in 1872 he was living at The Cedars, Chertsey, he was living in Burton on Trent in 1881, and he died at Dalton House, Beckford, Gloucestershire in 1881.

On March 6 1872, at Chertsey, H. Watson, Esq., of Hackney, (was married) to Selina Waring, youngest daughter of William Gwillim, MD.

Charles II Duke of Parma 1799 – 1883

Charles II Duke of Parma (Charles Louis of Bourbon Parma) (Carlo Ludovico di Borbone Parma) 1799 – 1883 was King of Etruria (1803–1807), Duke of Lucca (1824–1847), and Duke of Parma (1847–1849).

Duke of Lucca employed homeopath Guiseppe Belluomini as his physician in 1846, and he also employed homeopaths Joseph Attomyr, Settimio Centamori, Georg von Necker, and Giacomo Antonio Tommasini, and in 1848, Lucca awarded Karl Friedrich Gottfried Trinks a Knightship of the Lucchesischen Order,

The Duke and his mother Maria Louisa established a homeopathic hospital with 40 beds under Anton Schmidt, who was employed as a homeopathic physician by Charles’s mother Maria Louisa Duchess of Lucca,

Charles provided a refuge for homeopath Christophe Hartung in 1843 (who was famous for the cure of a cancerous tumour in the eye of Johann Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz in 1841), and on 19 April 1848, when revolution broke out in Parma, Charles abdicated in favor of his son, who had himself escaped. Later, Austrian troops led by Johann Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz occupied the duchy and restored Charles II, though this was not to last…

Charles Louis was born in Madrid as the only son of Louis, Prince of Piacenza, son and heir of Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, and his wife Infanta Maria Louisa of Spain, daughter of Charles IV of Spain.

In 1801, Charles Louis became Crown Prince of the newly created Kingdom of Etruria as heir to his father, whom Napoleon Bonaparte had made King of Etruria.

Of interest:

Franz Rudolf Benninger 1829? – 1887? MD was a German orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, and was the physician of the Carl III, Duke of Parma.

Benninger practiced in Graz, and in 1842, Benninger wrote Geschichtlicher Ueberblick der wichtigsten physiologischen Principien des Lebens.

Rustum Roy 1924 – 2010

Rustum Roy 1924 – 2010 was an American materials scientist who held visiting professorships in materials science at Arizona State University and in medicine at the University of Arizona, as well as an emeritus position at Pennsylvania State University in three departments. He described himself as a science policy analyst, advocate of interdisciplinary education and alternative medicine, and science and religion.

Dana Ullman writes:

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I convey to you that Rustum Roy, PhD, Professor emeritus in material sciences at Penn State University, has passed away at 86 years of age. Continue reading Rustum Roy 1924 – 2010

David d’Angers 1788 – 1856

Pierre Jean David 1788 –  1856 usually called David d’Angers, was a French sculptor (photo from McCormick Library of Special Collections).

David d’Angers was a friend of Samuel and Melanie Hahnemann, and he produced two life sized busts of Samuel Hahnemann, one of which was meant as a gift for the Hering College of Homeopathy in Philadeplhia, but was lost at sea, and the other bust was kept by Melanie Hahnemann. Continue reading David d’Angers 1788 – 1856

Francois Joseph Victor Broussais 1772 -1838*

Francois Joseph Victor Broussais 1772 -1838 was a French orthodox physician who championed the use of leeches in Paris, and who became an advocate of homeopathy in his last days.

Broussais eventually became an advocate and a patient of homeopathy, receiving treatment from the homeopath Frapart, after declaring that orthodox medicine was ‘more harmful than useful to humanity‘. Continue reading Francois Joseph Victor Broussais 1772 -1838*

Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot 1787 -1874

Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot (1787-1874) was a French historian, orator, and statesman.

In 1835 Guizot reprimanded the French Academy of Medicine for their ‘intemperate attack’ on homeopathy and for their ‘scathing criticism’ of Samuel Hahnemann: Guizot authorised Samuel and Melanie Hahnemann to practice homeopathy in Paris in 1835.

From Rima Handley,  A homeopathic love story: the story of Samuel and Melanie Hahnemann, (North Atlantic Books, 23 Feb 1993). Pages 98, 105:  ‘… Hahnemann is a learned man of great worth. Science must be free for all. If homeopathy is a chimera, or a system without internal cohesion, it will collapse of its own accord; if, on the contrary, it represents progress, it will develop in spite of our protective measures and it is just that which the Academy must wish for above all, since its mission is to favour science and to encourage discoveries…’

Guizot knew Robert Browning, and he was a friend of George Hamilton Gordon 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Auguste Arthur Beugnot, *Henry Holland 1st Baronet 1788 – 1873James Russell Lowell, Mary Elizabeth Clarke Mohl, Robert Peel, Charles Gaspard Peschier, Joseph Hyppolyte Pulte, Marie Henri Beyle, Stendhal, Queen Victoria,

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Francis Russell 7th Duke of Bedford 1788 – 1861

Francis Russell 7th Duke of Bedford KG, PC 1788 – 1861, ‘… styled Marquess of Tavistock from 1802 to 1839, was a British peer and Whig politician...’

Lord Tavistock was a patient (Thomas Moore, Wilfred S Dowden (Ed.), The Journal of Thomas Moore: 1831-1835, (Associated University Presse, 1 Oct 1987). Page 1663) and advocate of homeopathy, with relatives in America who were homeopathic physicians (see below), the Duke of Bedford was a President of the Royal Jennerian Society, Continue reading Francis Russell 7th Duke of Bedford 1788 – 1861

Richard Beamish 1798 – 1873

Richard Beamish 1798 – 1873 was an Irish Civil Engineer, who worked as an assistant engineer on the Thames Tunnel, who was an assistant to Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel,

Richard Beamish was a Member of the Management Committee of the British Homeopathic Association in 1847, a Member of the Management Board of the London Homeopathic Hospital, Richard Beamish donated £2 to Joseph Kidd to alleviate the plight of destitute convalescents in Cork in 1850, and he remained a sponsor of homeopathy for the rest of his life. Continue reading Richard Beamish 1798 – 1873