Homoeopathy – A Presidential Pedigree?

March 1, 2009


We tend to think of homoeopathy as a European invention, which in fact it was, but historically there has been a great interest in it in the USA. Abraham Lincoln, before he was elected president, was a lawyer and he was given the job of preparing a state legislative proposal to charter a homeopathic medical college in Chicago, against the concerted wishes of the American Medical Association, which had its headquarters there. In fact he was successful and when in office he was known to be a regular user of homoeopathic medicines and many of his advisers were powerful advocates for homoeopathy, Major General George BrintonMcClellan who commanded the Union army during the Civil War. In fact the Confederates were also users of homoeopathic medicines, including General Robert E. Lee himself.


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