August Karl Gustav Bier 1861 – 1949

august bierAugust Karl Gustav Bier 1861 – 1949 was German surgeon and the pioneer of spinal anaesthesia.

Bier was unusual for being very open minded in his support of homeopathy, even though he came across the same sort of ‘religious cult‘ in science we encounter today. As late as 1925, August Bier was censured by the Berlin medical profession for attempting to rehabilitate Samuel Hahnemann‘s reputation.

Bier kept in close contact with Hugo Paul Friedrich Schulz and his work on hormesis, and Bier went on to found the Society for Examination of Homeopathic Drugs.

Bier wrote:

Above all, I am of the opinion that no one should judge homeopathy, who has not tried homeopathic remedies or who has failed by reading to familiarise himself with the theory of homeopathy.

“I advise my colleagues who want to do the latter, not to start with Samuel Hahnemann‘s writings, but first to study the excellent work by Richard Haehl, and at least a few works by Hugo Paul Friedrich Schulz…”

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Almroth Edward Wright 1861 – 1947

almroth wrightAlmroth Edward Wright 1861 – 1947 was a British bacteriologist and immunologist. He is best known for advancing vaccination through the use of autogenous vaccines (prepared from the bacteria harboured by the patient) and also through typhoid vaccination with typhoid bacilli killed by heat.

Wright noted with concern how massive doses of vaccine in therapeutic treatment led to local infections. He called this the ‘negative phase‘, which Hahnemann had identified earlier and called an ‘aggravation‘. Continue reading Almroth Edward Wright 1861 – 1947

John Davison Rockefeller Senior 1839 – 1937

J D Rockerfeller SNrJohn Davidson Rockefeller Senior 1839 – 1937

‘… Homeopathy is a progressive and aggressive step in medicine (Eswara Das, History & Status of Homoeopathy Around the World, (B. Jain Publishers, 1 Dec 2005). Page 259)…’ and he was ‘… a believer in homeopathy throughout his life (James L. Franklin, GI Joe: Life and Career of Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner, (Univ of Chicago Department of Medicine, 15 Apr 2009). Page 38)’ ‘…I am a strong homeopathist (Howard S. Berliner, A system of scientific medicine: philanthropic foundations in the Flexner era, (Tavistock, 1985). Page 41)…’ Continue reading John Davison Rockefeller Senior 1839 – 1937

William Osler 1849 – 1919

Sir William Osler, MD, CM, 1st Baronet 1849 – 1919 – the “Father of modern medicine” – was a Canadian orthodox physician, one of the “Big Four” founding professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital as the first Professor of Medicine and founder of the Medical Service there.

William Osler was a great admirer of Samuel Hahnemann and of homeopathy, and he wrote about homeopathy many times. Osler said ‘… Ask not what kind of illness the patient has, ask what kind of patient has the illness… (Dana Ullman, Discovering homeopathy: medicine for the 21st century, (North Atlantic Books, 1 Jun 1991). Page 55).”

William Osler said ‘… No one individual has done more good to the medical profession than Hahnemann… (Jonathan Davidson, A Century of Homeopaths: Their Influence on Medicine and Health, , (Springer 2014). Page 7).’

Time Online

“Founder Hahnemann was given his historic due by no less a personage than Sir William Osler. “No individual,” said Dr. Osler, “has done more good to the medical profession than Samuel Hahnemann.”

Harvey Cushing The Life of William Osler P. 171

“His belief that over-treatment with drugs was one of the medical errors of the day has been hinted at, and it was always one of his favorite axioms that no one individual had done more good to the medical profession than Samuel Hahnemann, whose therapeutic methods had demonstrated that the natural tendency of diseases was toward recovery, provided that the patient was decently cared for, properly nurses, and not over-dosed.”

Hans J Eysenck on William Osler

“It is more important to know what kind of person has a disease than what kind of disease a person has”

William Osler A Concise History of Medicine

“One notable example is typhoid fever. At the outset of the nineteenth century it was treated with ‘remedies’ of the extremest violence–bleeding and blistering, vomiting and purging, and the administration of antimony and mercury, and plenty of other heroic remedies.

“Now the patient is bathed and nursed and carefully tended, but rarely given medicine. This is the result partly of the remarkable experiments of the Paris and Vienna schools in the action of drugs, which have shaken the stoutest faiths; and partly of the constant and reproachful object lesson of homeopathy.

“No regular physician would ever admit that the homeopathic preparations, ‘infinitesimals,’ could do any good as direct curative agents; and yet it was perfectly certain that homeopaths lost no more of their patients than others. There was but one conclusion to draw– that most drugs had no effect whatever on the diseases for which they were administered.” (and in Enclycopaedia Americana Volume X Medicine)

William Osler Counsels and ideals from the writings of William Osler 1905

“It is not as if our homeopathic brothers are asleep; far from it, they are awake (many of them at any rate) to the importance of the scientific study of disease.

“It is distressing that so many good men live isolated in a measure from the great body of the profession. The grievous mistake was ours: to quarrel with our brothers over infinitesimals was a most unwise and stupid thing to do.” and “Our homeopathic brothers pursue very seriously the scientific study of disease.”

William Osler Aequanimitas: with other addresses to medical students, nurses and practitioners of medicine 1932

“Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.”

William Osler Osler’s “a way of life” and other addresses, with commentary and annotations

“The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.”

William Osler Evolution of Modern Medicine

“All scientific truth is conditioned by the state of knowledge at the time of its announcement.”

William Osler Counsels and ideals from the writings of William Osler 1905

“I fear that we may return to the state of polypharmacy, the emancipation from which has been the sole gift of Hahnemann and his followers….”

William Osler Contributions to medical and biological research, dedicated to Sir William Osler, bart., M.D., F.R.S., in honour of his seventieth birthday, June 12, 1919, Volume 2

“But, fortunately for medicine, some hundred and fifty years ago Hahnemann appeared…”

Charles Darwin 1809 – 1882

Charles Darwin 1809 – 1882Charles Darwin 1809 – 1882 was very interested in homeopathy and he received treatment from homeopath James Manby Gully, John Chapman and James Smith Ayerst at Malvern, and Darwin also consulted Frederick William Headland, and Edward Headland,

A staunch advocate of hydrotherapy, Darwin enjoyed treatment from Edward Wickstead Lane (who was married into the famous homeopathic Drysdale family) at Moor Park and Sudbrooke Park, and from Edmund Smith who was a homeopath and the proprietor of Ilkley Wells House, and homeopath William Philip Harrison also a proprietor of the  hydrotherapy establishment at Ilkley Wells House,

Darwin’s biographers Adrian Desmond and James Moore describe him as ‘a hard core scientist addicted to quackery‘ (page xx), who was ‘interested in the vital force in living matter‘ (page 159-160). Darwin initially believed that each species had a fixed life span limited by their vital force (page 223), though he soon realised that the new theory of Transmutation meant that there could be no limit to the vital force (page 229). Darwin treated himself with galvanism (page 335) to stimulate his ‘animal electricity’ and to help his poor stomach,

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Homeopathy Awareness Week

homeopathy awareness weekThe Society of Homeopaths Homeopathy Awareness Week

14-21st June 2007

National Knowledge Week

Have a stress-free summer with homeopathy

Homeopathy Awareness Week is now a firm calendar fixture and this years’ theme is all about healthy, happy children. Members of the Society of Homeopaths will be demonstrating the value of homeopathic treatment for a range of common complaints that children suffer, in a nationwide awareness-raising initiative sponsored by Nelsons. Continue reading Homeopathy Awareness Week

Thomas Morstede 1380 – 1450

surgeonHenry V’s personal surgeon in 1410 AD was Thomas Morstede 1380 – 1450.

He came from Betchworth near Dorking in Surrey. In 1423 AD he founded The English College of Medicine whose aims were to introduce better medical education and supervision for the medical profession, including the setting of common examinations, inspecting premises stocking medicines, regulating fees and providing FREE MEDICAL CARE TO THE POOR.

All of this was to be regulated by the annual election of a rector. In 1435 AD he founded the Mystery or Guild of Surgeons, a professional body which still exists today.

With thanks to Juliet Barker Agincourt