"For those of you not as privy to 19th century American herbalism, the four predominant medical systems all took out time to bash each other. Cook's Physiomedical Dispensatory's introduction specifically derides the allopaths, the eclectics, and the homeopaths. The physiomedicalists basically believed that the only good found in eclectic herbalism was what they stole out of physiomedicalism (without assigning any credit for).
"The eclectics of course bashed the allopaths, and the homeopaths as well. I haven't come across many references to the eclectics harping about physiomedicalists, but wouldn't be surprised to see them. The homeopaths, of course, thought everyone else was doing it wrong and only they understood that 'like treats like'.
"The allopaths, or regulars, persecuted all the other traditions, and basically decided to adopt the (still popular) lobby the government to ban other modalities approach, and found it very effective."
Old texts in the Eclectic tradition:
- The Eclectic Alkaloids., J. U. & C. G. Lloyd, 1910.
- Biographies of King, Howe and Scudder, Felter 1912.
- Drugs And Medicines of North America (intro page), Vol. I-II, by J. U. & C. G. Lloyd, 1884-1887.
- The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy (intro page) (plant page), by Finley Ellingwood, M.D., 1919.
- Eclectic Practice of Medicine with especial reference to The Treatment of Disease (intro page) (contents), by Finley Ellingwood, M.D., 1910. - added more 08Feb2011.
- The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics (intro page), by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., 1922.
- History of the Vegetable Drugs of the Pharmacopoeia of the United States, by John Uri Lloyd, 1911.
- Definite Medication, by Eli G. Jones, M. D., 1911.
- King's American Dispensatory, (intro page) (preparations page) (cool tidbits), by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr.M., Ph.D., 1898.
- Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics (intro page) (part II), by Fred J. Petersen, M.D., 1905.
- A Manual of Organic Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy (intro page), by Lucius E. Sayre, 1917.
- Specific Medication and Specific Medicines by John M. Scudder, M.D., 1870.
- The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics. by John M. Scudder, M. D., 1898. (not done yet)
- The Eclectic Practice of Medicine, by Rolla L. Thomas, M. D., 1907.
This is helpful if you want to read the numbers:
- "Appendix: II: Tables of Weights and Measures" (the first part), from The Dispensatory of the United States of America, by George B. Wood and Franklin Bache, 1876.
Of the scanned works found here, the following are .html versions of .pdf files found on Michael Moore's site: the Biographies, the Alkaloids, Ellingwood's Materia Medica, Felter, Lloyd's History, Petersen, Sayre, and Thomas. They are used with permission. Thanks Michael!
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