By Dana Ullman MPH


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The First Women’s Medical School was a Homeopathic College

The first medical college in history was the Boston Female Medical College , founded in 1848 by homeopathic physician Samuel Gregory. In 1852 it changed its name to the New England Female Medical College . And in 1873, it merged with another homeopathic medical school, Boston University School of Medicine.

Boston University School of Medicine: A Homeopathic School!

Boston University was founded in 1867, initially as the New England Homeopathic Medi­cal College . Founded by Dr. David Thayer (homeopath and member of the Massachusetts state legislature), Otis Clapp (famous homeopathic pharmacist), and Daniel B. Stedman. The faculty at Harvard opposed the bill that was submitted to the state legislature to accept the charter of the college.

The Founder of American Homeopathy, Born in Boston

Homeopathy was introduced to American by Hans Burch Gram, a man who was born in Boston and who later obtained his medical education in Denmark .

Henry James, “The Bostonians,” and Homeopathy

Henry James was a major advocate for homeopathy. Even in his famous book, The Bostonians, which later was made into a movie by this same name, acknowledges this support.

When Basil Ransom, played by Christopher Reeve, asks Miss Birdseye, played by Jessica

Tandy, how many tablespoons she wants of her medicine, she says, “Two, you know it’s homeopathic.” Ransome responds, “Well, I know you wouldn’t take anything else.” And

Miss Birdseye counters, “It’s admitted now to be the true system.” p. 315

Homeopaths on Trial

Eight homeopathic physicians were put on trial in 1873 by the Massachusetts Medical Society for the heinous crime of practicing homeopathy. They were found guilty and expelled from the medical society. The New York Times (May 28, 1873) called this decision “a dis­grace.”