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Homeopathy and the Treatment of Mental Illness in the 19th Century
Carol B. Perez; Patricia L. Tomsko
Psychiatric Services 1994; doi:
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Georgetown University/ Providence Hospital.; Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22046

1994 by the American Psychiatric Association

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In the 19th century, when bleeding and purging were widely used in mainstream medicine, homeopathy was warmly embraced by some U. S. practitioners as a more humane alternative. Developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy sought to cure symptoms of disease by use of drugs that induced similar symptoms and restored the patient's "vital force." This paper describes the general principles of homeopathy and recounts specific treatments of mental illness from the homeopatbic literature. it also describes the application of homeopathic principles to the institutional care of mental illness, using New York's Middletown Homeopatbic Asylum for the insane as an example.

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