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American Homeopathy in the World War

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BerichtGeplaatst: 03 Jan 2010 19:41    Onderwerp: American Homeopathy in the World War Reageer met quote

WHILE a few graduates of homeopathic colleges were in the regular Medical Corps of the Army and Navy and in the U.S. Public Health Service prior to the Great War, organized homeopathy as such was not recognized by these divisions of the Government. The experiences of some of our members during the Spanish-American War reacted unfavorably upon the school at large and in a few of the states it was quite difficult for a homeopath to be appointed to the Medical Corps of the National Guard. These facts seemed so unfair to those charged with the responsibility of national homeopathic affairs that it was deemed advisable by the officers of the American Institute of Homeopathy to develop and carry out some plan whereby the ability, ambition and capabilities of the homeopathic doctor could become a recognized part of government service in the existing exigency - the World War. At the regular meeting of the American Institute held in Rochester in June 1917, this condition of affairs was fully discussed and the President appointed a committee, consisting of Doctors Charles E. Sawyer of Marion, O., Frederick M. Dearborn of New York City and Scott Parsons of St. Louis, Mo., to procure equal recognition. The Board of Trustees of the Institute directed the committee to proceed to Washington in order to arrange for the reception of certain homeopathic hospital units and to procure the induction into the service of individual homeopathic physicians. These items attended to, organized homeopathy would be officially recognized and further participation might be considered a logical outcome.

It was decided that Doctors Sawyer and Dearborn should discuss the matter personally with Surgeon General Gorgas. Within a few days of the meeting at Rochester they sought a conference with the Surgeon General in Washington and were referred by him to an officer who was in charge of medical recruiting. This man was of the type who was apt to be a bit discouraging and even discourteous. Fortunately, he referred the committee to Colonel Robert E. Noble (later Major General. Noble), the Personnel Officer, who at that time was acting upon applications for positions in the Medical Reserve Corps. General Noble was considerate and, after listening to the committee's story and hearing that a thousand competent and capable physicians and surgeons would be glad to volunteer for service, was favorably impressed. The committee further requested that all barriers be withdrawn so that homeopathic physicians might be accepted into the service without restriction. General Noble regarded all these propositions as feasible and personally satisfactory to him. However, like all military details at this stage of the war the committee found great difficulty in procuring affirmative action on the part of departmental officials higher up.

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