Henry Detwiller 1795 – 1887

Henry Detwiller 1795 – 1887 MD (Detweiller) (Detweiler) (Detwiler) (Dettwiler) was a Swiss orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, immigrated to America, to administer the very first homeopathic prescription in America on 23.7.1828, and he was a founding member of the Allentown Academy of homeopathy, a founding member of the American Institute of Homeopathy, and a founding member of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, President of the Lehigh Valley Homeopathic Medical Society,

In 1836, Henry Detwiller visited Samuel Hahnemann in Paris, and he was a colleague of William Wesselhoeft,

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Friederich Maximillian Bernhardt Fincke 1821 – 1906

Friederich Maximillian Bernhardt Fincke 1821 – 1906 MD was a German orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy and immigrated to America to become a member of The American Institute of Homeopathy, Chairman of The International Hahnemannian Association, and Secretary of the King’s County Homeopathic Medical Society,

Fincke was a patient of Reverend William Taube, who treated him for typhoid fever and then taught him homeopathy.

In 1869, Fincke invented a potentising machines to prepare the higher potency homeopathic remedies, following on from the work of Caspar Julius Jenichen, Simon Nicolaievitch von Korsakoff, Thomas Skinner, and Samuel Swan. No doubt Edward William Berridge was also part of this mix, in America at this time to gain his homeopathic qualifications, having just left his post as a Medical Officer at Liverpool Homeopathic Dispensary, and this development would inspire the work of that master of high dilutionists, James Tyler Kent in the 1880s.

Fincke proved the homeopathic remedies x-ray, and Saccharum lactis, and the imponderable remedy Sol (sunshine), and Oxalic acid, and Thlaspi bursa pastoris, and Camphor and Cuprum,

Fincke was also a musical viruoso, and he wrote voluminously and enjoyed a World wide coresspondence. In 1850, the Widow Taube, a fine singer with an alto voice, was treated by Fincke  for a problem in her throat, and he noted that she had had a left breast lump cured by homeopathy ‘many years ago’ (presumably by her relative Johann Taubes Ritter von Lebenswarth?)

Fincke was the teacher of Stuart Close, and he was a colleague of B L B Baylies, Clemens Maria Franz Baron von Boenninghausen, Draper, Carroll Dunham, Post, Valentine Mott, Phineas P  Wells,

Fincke practiced at 195 Schermerhon Street, Brooklyn, New York, and at 92 Livingston Street, Brooklyn. Continue reading Friederich Maximillian Bernhardt Fincke 1821 – 1906

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood 1904 – 1986

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood 1904 – 1986 was an Anglo American novelist.

Isherwood knew many homeopaths as he was growing up because his parents were enthusiasts about homeopathy, as he explains in his novel Kathleen and Frank.

Isherwood was a friend of Aldous Huxley, John Egerton Christmas Piper, Igor Stravinsky,

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Gertrude Stein 1874 – 1946

Gertrude Stein 1874 – 1946 was an American writer who spent most of her life in France, and who became a catalyst in the development of modern art and literature.

Gertrude Stein was a staunch advocate of homeopathy, through her sister in law Sarah, and their friendship with homeopath Adele Solomons Jaffa (Anon, Four Americans in Paris: the collections of Gertrude Stein and her family. [Exhibition held Dec. 1970], (Museum of Modern art, 1970 ). Page 14. See also Brenda Wineapple, Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein, (U of Nebraska Press, 1 Mar 2008). Page 129. See also Harriet Rochlin, Fred Rochlin, Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000). Page 104). Gertrude Stein was interested in homeopathy and discussed it with great interest.

Gertrude Stein was a friend of Guillaume Apollinaire, Malcolm Cowley, Ford Madox Ford, Robert Graves, William James, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Eric Alfred Leslie Satie, Samuel L Steward, Continue reading Gertrude Stein 1874 – 1946

Thomas Lindsley Bradford 1847 – 1918

Thomas Lindsley Bradford 1847 – 1918 MD Harvard, Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, was a Lecturer on the History of Medicine in the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, and one of the great homeopathic historians, and his archive is now held at the Taubman Medical Library Homeopathy Collection.

Thomas Lindsley Bradford was a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the Maine State Homeopathic Medical Society, the Philadelphia County Homeopathic Medical Society, and the Pennsylvania State Homeopathic Medical Society.

Thomas Lindsley Bradford was a student of Adolph Lippe, and he taught Richard Haehl,

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Norman Cousins 1915 – 1990

Norman Cousins 19151990 was a prominent political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate.

Norman Cousin’s wife Ellen was a staunch advocate of homeopathy, and she used the homeopathic remedy cactus to assist her husband’s recovery from a massive heart attack, as she had previously used homeopathic remedies to assist his recovery from ankylosing spondylitis, or possibly a reactive arthritis, when the allopathic doctors had practically given up on his treatment.

Norman Cousins wrote an account of his miraculous recovery in his book Anatomy of an Illness, and the publication of this book led to an explosion of interest in alternative medicine in the 1970s. Continue reading Norman Cousins 1915 – 1990

Cecilia Helena Payne Gaposchkin 1900 – 1979

Cecilia Helena Payne Gaposchkin 1900 – 1979 was an English American astronomer who in 1925 was first to show that the Sun is mainly composed of hydrogen, contradicting accepted wisdom at the time.

Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin was the great granddaughter of homeopath James John Garth Wilkinson, and the granddaughter of James John Garth Wilkinson‘s daughter Emma Marsh Wilkinson. Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin was also related to Charles Lyell through her Aunt Katherine Lyell, who was Charles Lyell‘s sister in law.

Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin was a friend of Genevieve Ward, who was a patient and friend of James John Garth Wilkinson,

In an ironic encounter, Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin, the great grand daughter of homeopath James John Garth Wilkinson, had an unexpected meeting with Theodore Dunham Junior, Scientific Director of the Fund for Astrophysical Research from its founding in 1936 until his death in 1984, who was himself the grandson of homeopath Carroll Dunham. Continue reading Cecilia Helena Payne Gaposchkin 1900 – 1979

Paschal Beverly Randolph 1825 – 1875

Paschal Beverly Randolph 1825 – 1875 was an American medical doctor, occultist, writer and advocate of homeopathy (John Patrick Deveney, Paschal Beverly Randolph: a nineteenth-century Black American spiritualist, rosicrucian, and sex magician, (SUNY Press, 1997)).

Paschal Beverly Randolph was ‘… Grand Master of Fraternicas Rosaecrucis 1858, member of the Order of the Rose 1861, Heirarch of the Ansaireh of Syria and Imperial Eulis 1863… (NB: confirmation required)’ Paschal Beverly Randolph was central to the foundation of the British Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, and he anticipated the system of the seven fold rays and sevenfold world epochs soon to become famous via the emergence of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (See Joscelyn Godwin, Theosophical Enlightenment, (SUNY Press, 28 Oct 1994). Pages 248-269).

‘… Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American who carved his own eccentric path in the mid-nineteenth century from the slums of New York to the courts of Europe, performed as a spiritualist trance medium. Self-educated, he became one of the first Black American novelists and took a leading part in raising black soldiers for the Union army and educating Freedmen during the Civil War. His most enduring claim to fame is the crucial role he played in the transformation of spiritualism, a medium’s passive reception of messages from the spirits of the dead, into occultism, the active search for personal spiritual realization and inner vision. From his solitary travels in England, France, Egypt and the Turkish Empire, he brought back occult beliefs and practices (the magic mirror, hashish use and sexual magic) that worked a revolution. The systems of magic he taught left their traces on Madame Blavatsky, her Theosophical Society, and many practicing occult organizations in Europe and America today… (John Patrick Deveney, Paschal Beverly Randolph: a nineteenth-century Black American spiritualist, rosicrucian, and sex magician, (SUNY Press, 1997).  Page 383).’

Paschal Beverly Randolph was a colleague of Peter DavidsonJacob DixonEdward Bulwer LyttonKenneth Robert Henderson MacKenzieRobert Masters TheobaldJames John Garth Wilkinson, and many others.

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William Le Roy Bonnell 1882 – 1959

William Le Roy Bonnell 1882? – 1950? MD Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College, 1908, was an American homeopath, President of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania,  who was appointed Supreme Medical Director of the Consumers’ Protective Association in 1910,

William Le Roy Bonnell is famous for winning a legal case in 1940 that proved that homeopathic remedies are more efficatious on small pox that allopathic methods. My Experience with Smallpox and Internal Vaccination.

William Le Roy Bonnell was a colleague of Charles E Church, Charles G Lane, Laughlin, D W Miller, S B Leslie, Lester Siemon, and many others.

William Le Roy Bonnell attended the 54th and the 55th annual Southern Homeopathic Medical Association and Pan American Medical Conference in 1938 and 1939.

William Le Roy Bonnell practiced in Oklahoma. Continue reading William Le Roy Bonnell 1882 – 1959