How Homeopathy's Rise Led to the Creation of the American Me
How Homeopathy's Rise Led to the Creation of the American Medical Association
Dr. Lisa Samet, N.D.
It is a well-documented fact that results obtained by homeopathy during the epidemics of the 1800s reveal a very important and clear constancy; a very low mortality rate. This constancy remains, regardless of the physician, time, place, or type of epidemical disease, including diseases carrying a very high mortality rate, such as cholera, smallpox, diphtheria, typhoid fever, yellow fever, and pneumonia.1
It's little wonder the popularity of homeopathy rose sharply across the U.S. during this time. By 1844, homeopathic practices were flourishing, and the first national medical society, the American Institute of Homeopathy, was organized.
The rise of homeopathy did not go unnoticed—particularly among ordinary (allopathic) physicians. With their practices losing patients to their homeopathic colleagues, many were suffering genuine financial hardship. Their solution was to form the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1847.
Outnumbering their homeopathic competitors by a large margin, members of the AMA moved quickly to, among other things, ban homeopathic members from state medical societies, ban colleagues from conferring with homeopaths, and change state laws to favor the old school docs.
Is homeopathy doomed to life on the fringes of healthcare? Or is a new golden era about to dawn? Antibiotic resistance, the challenges of pain management, and our current environmental crisis suggest homeopathy's next "moment" may be at hand.
Source: https://homeopathy.ca/debates_2013-03-22_SummaryResponseFromAndreSaine.shtml Coulter, H., Divided Legacy, Volume IV: A History of the Schism in Medical Thought. North Atlantic Books. 1994
*The information in this article is intended for informational purposes only. Please remember, if you have a serious medical condition, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed practitioner for treatment options.
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