Contingent Evolution: Homeopathy and 19th Century Biomedicine

dc.contributor.advisorMooney, Graham
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGreene, Jeremy
dc.creatorStraiges, Denise
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-3150-854X
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-27T18:51:54Z
dc.date.available2023-07-27T18:51:54Z
dc.date.created2023-05
dc.date.issued2023-03-16
dc.date.submittedMay 2023
dc.date.updated2023-07-27T18:51:54Z
dc.description.abstractContingent evolutions in orthodox and heterodox healing regarding the uptake of bacteriological information into the canon of nineteenth-century medical knowledge were interdependent and non-linear. The historiography of medicine, however, with its attachment to the orthodox medical timeline, has perpetuated a somewhat Whiggish ideal of progress that excludes scientific discoveries that evolved outside of what is now deemed conventional medicine. Homeopathy, the system of medicine introduced by German medical doctor Samuel Hahnemann, lends a counter-narrative to orthodoxy in the nineteenth-century medical marketplace and provides an additional perspective as to how non-orthodox practitioners engaged in similar paths of discovery. In some instances, such as with the introduction of homeopathic medicines made from disease products such as rabies, anthrax, and scabies as early as 1833, homeopaths were decades ahead of the orthodox curve. Interrogation of the specific perspectives and arguments from homeopaths—especially as they describe themselves in contrast to orthodoxy—can deepen what is an otherwise superficial understanding of some key aspects of homeopathic philosophy and practice that have often been shadowed by hegemonic assumptions. To have homeopathy explained in its own right and seen as a contributor to the overall evolution of medicine in the nineteenth century offers a richer, more nuanced, and inclusive history.
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dc.identifier.urihttp://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/68513
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherJohns Hopkins University
dc.publisher.countryUSA
dc.subjectHomeopathy
dc.subjectNineteenth century medicine
dc.titleContingent Evolution: Homeopathy and 19th Century Biomedicine
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentHistory of Medicine
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory
thesis.degree.grantorJohns Hopkins University
thesis.degree.grantorSchool of Medicine
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameM.A.
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