An alternative path: the making and remaking of Hahnemann by Naomi Rogers

By Naomi Rogers

When Hahnemann clinical collage was once based in Philadelphia in 1848, it was once the single establishment within the global to supply an M. D. measure in homeopathy, a healing and highbrow replacement to orthodox drugs. This institutional background situates Hahnemann within the broader context of yankee social adjustments and chronicles its continuous remaking in keeping with the increase of company medication and incessant adjustments within the Philadelphia group. within the 19th century, Hahnemann supplied a particular and revered identification for its college, scholars, and supporters. within the early 20th century, it permitted scholars denied admission in different places, particularly Jewish and Italian scholars. It taught a versatile homeopathy that facilitated curricular alterations remarkably just like these on the most sensible modern orthodox faculties, together with selective assimilation of the recent experimental sciences, laboratory education, event within the school's personal educating sanatorium, and a lengthened process clinical learn. Hahnemann isn't any longer homeopathic, even though it remained dependable to its replacement history lengthy after the 1910 Flexner file tried to do away with substitute scientific schooling in the United States. Like many different American scientific faculties, Hahnemann has had its proportion of difficulties, monetary and another way. The civil rights and radical pupil events of the Nineteen Sixties and 70s, even though, driven the varsity right into a extra politically wide awake view of itself as a physician to the internal urban and as a manufacturer of future health pros. In 1993, the collage merged with one other Philadelphia scientific college right into a unmarried healthiness care and coaching establishment known as the Allegheny college of the HealthSciences. even supposing Hahnemann is now a part of a brand new process of educational medication, its institutional legacy endures, because it has within the prior, through following replacement paths.

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Sick people relied on the advice and help of neighbors, midwives, and other wise women, and on domestic health guides, some of which were best-sellers and as valued as the family Bible. When patients did seek out a medical practitioner they faced a plethora of options, perhaps the widest choice in American history. In the decades before the founding of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital there was no single medical profession in the United States. There were no national boards, specialty boards, government or private research institutes, or accreditation committees.

Sources for this study are drawn heavily from one archive: the Hahnemann Collection of the Archives and Special Collections of Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. I could not have completed this book without the assistance of Hahnemann archivist Barbara Williams, who shared her rich knowledge of Hahnemann's past with me, and whose commitment to the history of Hahnemann saved hundreds of documents that would otherwise have been thrown out and helped raise an awareness of the importance of the past among numerous administrators, heads of departments, librarians, and alumni.

A number of early homeopaths wrote popular health texts to attract patients, as Samuel Thomson had done. Nevertheless, although historians today lump all these groups under the category "alternative," they in fact were rarely colleagues and considered their practices distinctive and usually in competition. As homeopathy spread across the East and Midwest, relations between homeopaths and orthodox physicians began to worsen. Medical societies began to expel or ostracize outspoken homeopaths, and orthodox teachers ridiculed medical students who openly professed a commitment to homeopathy.

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