This ground-breaking publication places the history of homeopathy into its international context. Essays by leading scholars re-examine homeopathy's status as an alternative medical system, with particular attention to the shifting fortunes of Hahnemann's medicine within national networks of professionals and lay persons.
Anna Bosanquet is Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology in the School of Life Sciences, Roehampton Institute, London, United Kingdom. She researches into social aspects of health care with particular interest in development of new concepts and ideas. Recent work includes studies on innovation in general practice and research into the social history of the London Homoeopathic Hospital.
J.T.H. Connor teaches at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published extensively on the history of Canadian medicine, and co-edited with John Crellin and Raoul Andersen Alternative Medicine in Canada: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Perspectives. He has been co-editor of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History and Executive Director, Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine.
Martin Dinges works as Researcher and Archivist at the Institute of the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests lie in early modern social and medical history and in historical anthropology. He edited and co-authored Neue Wege in der Seuchengeschichte (Stuttgart, 1995) (with Thomas Schlich); Homöopathie. Patienten, Heilkundige und Institutionen. Von den Anfängen bis heute (Heidelberg, 1996); Weltgeschichte der Homöopathie, Länder-Schulen-Heilkundige (Munich, 1996); Medizinkritische Bewegungen im Deutschen Reich (ca. 1870-ca. 1933) (Stuttgart, 1996).
Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra is Professor of Social and Cultural History at the Department of History, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has published on the granting of asylum to debtors and manslaughterers at the time of the Dutch Republic, she has edited three collections of essays on witchcraft, one on deviance and tolerance, three on the social history of medicine, and one on cultures of misfortune. She is co-editor with Hilary Marland and Hans de Waardt of Illness and Healing Alternatives in Western Europe (London, 1997). She is currently engaged in three projects: homoeopathy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, psychiatry and mental health care in the twentieth century, and women and health care in the twentieth century.
Robert Jütte is Director of the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation and Professor of History at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He has published extensively on German and European urban, cultural, medical and social history. His most recent book is Geschichte der Alternativen Medizin (Munich, 1996). He is a member of the Scientific Board of the German Medical Association and Secretary of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health.
Bernard Leary is a General Practitioner and a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Faculty of Homoeopathy. He has published numerous articles on the history of homoeopathy in Britain. He is currently completing, in conjunction with Maria Lorentzon, research sponsored by the Wellcome Trust into the history of the London Homoeopathic Hospital. This is based upon clinical and other records held by the hospital for the period 1889-1923.
Maria Lorentzon is an Honorary Research Fellow in Primary Health Care at Imperial College, School of Medicine, London, United Kingdom and is also involved in independent research related to the history of medicine and nursing. She has published papers on a variety of topics related to health and social science, notably on the sociology of professions and on the historical evolution of British nursing. The latter research is currently focused on analysis of primary source material related to the London Homoeopathic Hospital from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.
Arnold Michalowski is Research Officer at the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the assistant editor of the critical edition of Samuel Hahnemann's medical casebooks. He has published on the history of homoeopathy.
Guenter B. Risse is Professor and Chair of the History of Health Sciences Department at the University of California in San Francisco, U.S.A. A physician with a doctorate degree in history, he has been interested in a wide range of historical topics, including the history of therapeutics and alternative medicine. Among his numerous publications, he is the author of Hospital Life in Enlightenment Scotland (1986) and a forthcoming book on the history of hospitals to be published by Oxford University Press.
Naomi Rogers is Lecturer in the Women's Studies Program at Yale University and in the Section of the History of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, U.S.A. She has published on the history of women and alternative medicine, disease and public health, and American homoeopathy. Her work includes Dirt and Disease: Polio before FDR (1992), and she is currently writing a history of the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia 1848-1998, and a study of Sister Elisabeth Kenny and American medicine in the 1940s.
Josef M. Schmidt is Lecturer on Homoeopathy and Fellow at the Institute of the History of Medicine, University of Munich, Germany. He graduated in medicine and philosophy and completed his postgraduate specialisation in family medicine in Munich. His Ph.D. thesis on the philosophical concepts of Hahnemann, published in 1990, was supported by a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Foundation. With funds from the German Research Association (DFG), in 1991-92 he was Research Associate at the Department of the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, conducting research and lecturing on the history of homoeopathy in the United States. He has many publications including his Hahnemann bibliography (1989) and text critical edition of Hahnemann's last version of the Organon of Medicine (1992) for which he was awarded the 'Professor Alfons Stiegele Forschungspreis für Homöopathie'.
Dörte Staudt graduated from the University of Mannheim with an MA in History and Political Sciences with a thesis on Hygiene und Urbanisierung am Beispiel der Stadt Mannheim im Kaiserreich and received a scholarship from the Institute of the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany, to work on a Ph.D. thesis on Homöopathische Laienvereine in Deutschland 1870-1945. Her publications include "'...den Blick der Laien aufs Ganze gerichtet...' Homöopathische Laienorganisationen am Ende des 19. und zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts" in Martin Dinges (ed.), Homöopathie - Patienten, Heilkundige, Institutionen (Stuttgart, 1996).
John Harley Warner is Professor of the History of Medicine and Science and of American Studies at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is author of The Therapeutic Perspective: Medical Practice, Knowledge and Identity in America, 1820-1885 (1986; paperback with new preface, Princeton University Press, 1997), and of Against the Spirit of System: The French Impulse in Nineteenth-Century American Medicine (Princeton University Press, 1998). He is now studying the clinical practice of writing in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on aesthetic, epistemological, and moral choices in the transformation of the patient record.
Eberhard Wolff is Research Assistant at the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany. He has published on the history of homeopathy and the history of smallpox vaccination. His main field of interest is the patients' perspective in the history of medicine. He is currently working on a project on medicine and the German Jewry in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
John Woodward is Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and Co-Director of the Sheffield Centre for the History of Medicine. He has published in the social history of medicine and in historical demography, including editing with Robert Woods Urban Disease & Mortality in Nineteenth Century England (Batsford, 1984) and he co-edited and contributed to Coping with Sickness. Historical Aspects of Health Care in a European Perspective (EAHMH Publications:, 1995) and Coping with Sickness. Perspectives on Health Care, Past and Present (EAHMH Publications:, 1996). He is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Social History of Medicine and of the Editorial Board of Social History of Medicine. Currently, he is President and a member of the Council and of the Scientific Board of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health.