Oct 8, 1932 – October 28, 2009
Harris Coulter passed away on October 28, 2009. He was considered the leading homeopathic historian of the 20th century. His four volume series “Divided Legacy” on medical history included homeopathy’s rise, its amazing successes and how it succumbed to the politics of medicine in the U.S. His meticulous research on homeopathy’s success in epidemics has often been quoted to defend homeopathy’s effectiveness. His research was no doubt assisted by the fact that he was fluent in German, French, Spanish, Latin, Russian, Hungarian, and Serbo-Croatian. He also wrote about the dangers of vaccinations. His PhD thesis from Columbia University, NY was Political and Social Aspects of Nineteenth-Century Medicine in the United States: The Formation of the American Medical Association and its Struggle with the Homeopathic and Eclectic Physicians. Harris Coulter also served as director of publications for the American Foundation for Homeopathy, and for six years was on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He was an advisory board member of the Campaign Against Fraudulent Medical Research.
This quote from his Divided Legacy Vol 3, will give you a sense of how he viewed the medical monopoly:
“Society today is paying a heavy price in disease and death for the monopoly granted the medical profession in the 1920’s. In fact, the situation peculiarly resembles that of the 1830s when physicians relied on bloodletting, mercurial medicines, and quinine, even though knowing them to be intrinsically harmful And precisely the same arguments were made in defense of these medicines as are employed today, namely, that the benefits outweigh the risks. In truth, the benefits accrue to the physician, while the patient runs the risks.”
Harris Coulter was a champion of homeopathy and of the truth. We will all miss him.