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

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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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