Francois Marie Charles Fourier 1772-1837

Francois Marie Charles Fourier (1772-1837) was an influential French socialist philosopher, who is credited with inventing the term ‘feminism’. His influence was widely felt across the Western world, and Fourierist influenced communities sprang up in America at this time. Many people were deeply influenced by his philosophy and they have become main currents in modern societies across the world. The influence of Fourier’s ideas in French politics was carried forward into the 1848 Revolution and the Paris Commune.

Fourier was an advocate of homeopathy and he was attended by Leon Francois Adolphe Simon (Jonathan Beecher, Charles Fourier: The Visionary and His World, (University of California Press, 25 Jul 1990). Page 494). Continue reading Francois Marie Charles Fourier 1772-1837

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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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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Emile Francois Zola 1840 – 1902

Emile Francois Zola 1840 – 1902 was an influential French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.

Emile Zola knew many of the homeopathic supporters of his time, including Honore de Balzac, Paul Cezanne, Gustave Flaubert, Victor Hugo, Joris Karl Huysmans, Edouard Manet, Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant,

There is some evidence that Zola knew Rudolf Steiner, who also campaigned against the injustice done to Alfred Dreyfus,

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Auguste Charles Joseph Comte de Flahaut de La Billarderie 1785 – 1870

Auguste Charles Joseph Comte de Flahaut de La Billarderie 1785 – 1870 was a French general and statesman, aide de camp to Napoleon Bonaparte,

Charles de Flahaut was given homeopathic remedies as a young child. Flahaut and his mother Adele were also patients of Richard Verity,

Flahaut was the supposed illegitimate son of Talleyrand, and the father of Charles Auguste Louis Joseph Demorny Duc de Morny (who contracted cholera in 1854 and was saved by homeopathy),

Flahaut was the father in law of Henry Charles Keith Petty Fitzmaurice 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, and he was a friend of Granville Leveson Gower 1st Earl Granville and his wife Harriet Cavendish Granville (the daughter of William Cavendish 5th Duke of Devonshire who married Elizabeth Christiana Hervey Duchess of Devonshire, the presumed mother of Frederick Hervey Foster Quin), Continue reading Auguste Charles Joseph Comte de Flahaut de La Billarderie 1785 – 1870

Daniel Parenteau 1858 – 1938

ParisDaniel Parenteau 1858?- 1938 MD was a French Ophthalmologist, Physician to the Hospital St. Jacques in Paris, Chief of the Board of Ophthalmology, member of the Societie d’Ophthalmologie de Paris, who converted to homeopathy, member and Secretary of the Societe Francaise d’Homeopathie,

Parenteau was the homeopathic physician of Camille Pissarro, and he was a colleague of Francois Cartier, Conan, Escalle, Faure, Faute, Guinard, Marc Jousset, Pierre Jousset, Love, Nimier, Leon Francois Adolphe Simon, Leon Vannier, and many others,

Parenteau practiced in Paris, at 73 Rue de Rocher, Continue reading Daniel Parenteau 1858 – 1938

Jean Jarricot 1877 – 1962

Jean JarricotJean Jarricot 1877 – 1962 MD was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, Chief Physician of the laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine in Lyon, Director and Founder of the Dispensaire Rene Quinton de Lyon, physician at the medical research in pharmodynamics at St. Rambert I’lle Barbe, Rhône, Honorary President of the Rhône Homeopathy Society, Honorary member of Barcelona Medico Homeopathic Society, Associate member of the Hahnemanian Institute of Brazil, Laureate of the Académie Française, and developer of Quinton Marine Plasma,

Jarricot was a student of Antoine Nebel, and he was a colleague of Daniel, Henry Duprat, Heurtault, Charles Pahud, Quenot, Rouy, Vidouze and many others, Continue reading Jean Jarricot 1877 – 1962

Paul Degrais 1874 – 1954

St. Louis Hospital, ParisPaul Degrais 1874 – 1954 was a French orthodox physician, Professor at the St. Louis Hospital, Paris, who worked on the principles of afterloading and crossfire, cornerstones of modern brachytherapy, to more clearly define the principle of this technique, which underlies most radiotherapy treatments (including brachytherapy, X-ray therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery).

Degrais was a friend of homeopath Leon Vannier, as homeopaths had been deeply involved with radium treatment since Emile Grubbe began his experiments in 1896.

Degrais was a colleague of Hermann Strebel (who should be given priority for first performing afterloading and crossfire), Frank Edward Simpson, Louis Wickham, Continue reading Paul Degrais 1874 – 1954