Divided Legacy: The Conflict Between Homeopathy and the American Medical Association: Science and Ethics in American Medicine 1800-1910. (paperback)
This book is THE sourcebook on the history of homeopathy in America. It contains fascinating stories, intriguing quotes, and is richly referenced. 552pp Hardback.
From the back cover
Society today is paying a heavy price in disease and death for the monopolygranted the medical profession in the 1920’s. In fact, the situation peculiarly resembles that of the 1830’s when physicians relied on bloodletting, mercurial medicines, and quinine, even though knowing them to be intrinsically harmful and precisely the same arguments were made in defense of these medicines as are employed today, namely, that the benefits outweigh the risks. In truth, the benefits accrue to the physician, while the patient runs the risks.
“A vast and well-documented attempt to paint the history of empirical medicine in constant tension with the rationalist tradition.”
Ivan Illich, author of Medical Nemesis
“A trenchant commentary on orthodox drug therapy and ‘scientific medicine.'”
-Alex Berman, Journal of the History of Medicine
“An important book … the reference work for all subsequent scholarship in the field.”
-Jerome W. Whitney, British Homoeopathic Journal
“Provocative and worthwhile reading.”
-Gert Brieger, M.D., U.C.S.F. School of Medicine, American Scientist.