Otto John Beit 1st Baronet 1865 – 1930

Sir Otto John Beit 1st Baronet, KCMG, FRS 1865 – 1930 was a German born British financier, philanthropist and art connoisseur.

Otto Beit was an advocate of homeopathy, and in 1914, he presented a gift of £5000 [£215,300.00 in today’s money] (Frank F. Casseday, Homeopathy and Health, Volume 2, Issue 2, (Frank F. Casseday, 1914). Page 28) to the British Homeopathic Association for the purpose of scientific research into homeopathy, which became the Beit Research Fund, which enabled a feast of research into homeopathy, including the wonderful work of William Ernest Boyd (John S. Haller, The History of American Homeopathy: From Rational Medicine to Holistic Health Care, (Rutgers University Press, 2009). Page 56).

(NB: The Beit Fund no longer operates email from Robert Mathie of the British Homeopathic Association 15.4.13)

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The British Homeopathic Association

The British Homeopathic Association has been founded twice, once in 1847 to spearhead the foundation of the London Homeopathic Hospital, and again in 1902 when the British Homeopathic Association was reborn.

In both incarnations, the British Homeopathic Association’s role was to combine the medical and lay homeopathic organisations within homeopathy into one body for the promotion, study and propagation of homeopathy, Continue reading The British Homeopathic Association

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1900 – 2002

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1900 – 2002Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon 1900 –  2002 was the Queen consort of King George VI. After her husband’s death, she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter, Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was the last Queen consort of Ireland and Empress consort of India.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was an advocate of homeopathy, a Patron of the British Homeopathic Association, and a patient of John Weir and Marjorie Grace Blackie, Continue reading Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1900 – 2002

The Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital

The Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital, (*photo used courtesy of Homéopathe International by Sylvain Cazalet at PHOTOTHÈQUE HOMÉOPATHIQUE),

The Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital comprised:

1. the Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Dispensary (Tranquil Terrace),

2. the Tunbridge Wells and West Kent Public Homeopathic Dispensary (opposite Christ Church, High Street),

3. the Tunbridge Wells Parade Homeopathic Dispensary (Tunbridge Wells Parade),

4. the Tonbridge and Southborough United Public Homeopathic Dispensary

All four dispensaries eventually came together to become the Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital in 1902, Continue reading The Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital

Julia Myra Hess 1890 – 1965

Dame Julia Myra Hess DBE 1890 – 1965 was a British pianist.

Myra Hess was a patient of homeopaths Marjorie Blackie and Charles Yarrow Eccles,

Myra Hess was a close friend of Vera and Judy Compton Burnett, the sisters of Ivy Compton Burnett, and the daughters of James Compton Burnett, who enabled Myra to find her feet and accommodation in London when she first came to the city, (Vera and Judy Compton Burnett were also students of Tobias Matthay),

Four Compton Burnett sisters and Myra Hess lived together in London for over twenty years,

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Charles Cospatrick Archibald Douglas Home 13th Earl of Home 1873 – 1951

Charles Cospatrick Archibald Douglas Home 13th Earl of Home 1873 – 1951, was the father of British Conservative Prime Minister , Alec Douglas Home.

Charles Douglas Home was invited to be Honorary President of the Scottish Lay Homeopathic Association; and he also opened the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital in Autumn 1931, Heal Thyself 1932, Continue reading Charles Cospatrick Archibald Douglas Home 13th Earl of Home 1873 – 1951

The Lumiere Brothers and Homeopathy

Lumiere brothersAuguste Marie Louis Nicolas Lumiere 1862 – 1954, and Louis Jean Lumiere 1864 – 1948, were among the earliest filmmakers in history,

Auguste Lumiere developed a theory called flocculation, and opened his own clinic to treat patients, despite his lack of medical qualifications, and increasingly presented his theories as an alternative to and an attack on ‘official medicine’ … ‘… Everything pointed to the idea that imbalances within the body, rather than bacteria, were the real causes of disease…’ August Lumiere contributed prominently to a collection of essays about alternative medicine published in the 1930s and early 1940s (Christopher Lawrence, George Weisz, Greater Than the Parts: Holism in Biomedicine, 1920-1950, (Oxford University Press, 1998). Pages 74-84).

Lumiere photographic plates were used by homeopaths to produce images of remedies, for example the photo plates of Tho Rad X up to the 14th dilution were printed in The North American Journal of Homeopathy Volume 59 in 1911 (Anon, The North American Journal of Homeopathy, Volume 59, (American Medical Union, 1911). Pages 815-816).

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James Edward Alexander 1803 – 1885

Major General Sir James Edward Alexander KStJ 1803 – 1885 was a British soldier, traveller and author,

Alexander was a Member of the Management Committee of the London Homeopathic Hospital, and he left a legacy of £500 to the Homeopathic Convalescent Home in Eastbourne,

Alexander’s daughter was also a sponsor of homeopathy,

From http://www.homeoint.org/morrell/londonhh/eastbour.htm The first legacy received for the Homeopathic Convalescent Home in Eastbourne was bequeathed to it while yet the scheme was in an undeveloped stage. General Sir James Alexander, K.C.B. for many years a firm homeopathist and member of the Board of Management of the London Homeopathic Hospital, bequeathed in 1887 the sum of £500 to form the first investment for its maintenance. This good example has been emulated by many friends since.

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