Homeopathy Papers

A Tribute to James Tyler Kent

Written by Julia C. Loos

A Tribute to James Tyler Kent

Dr. Kent and his wife at home

If each one of our readers could sit for a while beside Dr. Kent on the bench in his garden, and have a professional chat with him, it would not take long to learn why he is, today, considered the foremost homoeopath in the world. There is no question regarding the various phases of sickness, Materia Medica study, or application of the principles of Homoeopathy, that one would wish to have discussed that this scientific student is not prepared to handle, in a rational manner.


In 1868, at the age of nineteen years, James Tyler Kent graduated at Madison University, and in 1870 received the degree of A.M. After receiving a medical degree at Bellevue Medical College, he attended two courses of lectures in the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, and began practice, accordingly, in St. Louis, in 1874. While thus engaged, he was active, not only in practice, but also as a writer, a member of the National Society, and Professor of Anatomy in the College in St. Louis. It was while thus engaged that he had the opportunity of observing the difference, in procedure and in results, of the Hahnemannian and other methods of study and treatment of the sick. Dr. Phelan cured his wife, and thus led this earnest student to investigate the fundamentals of the system by which the result was attained.


Thoroughness and directness are the characteristics of this master mind. In whatever he undertakes, he masters the steps, from the foundation to the pinnacle; and so it proved with Homoeopathy. After relinquishing all connection with the Eclectic system and institutions, he filled the chair of surgery in the consolidated colleges for Homoeopathy, in Missouri, until Dr. Uhlemeyer, Professor of Materia Medica, resigned and urged that Dr. Kent assume charge of this department, for which his special adaptation was recognized. Ever since that time, while he taught in St. Louis, in Philadelphia (1890-1899), and in Chicago, his lectures on Materia Medica have been eagerly read in whatever publications they have appeared, presenting the peculiarities of each remedy in a most vital form.


Recognizing the doctrines of Hahnemann to be revelations of Truth, he loves them devotedly, and, in his clear perception and true teacher’s communication of them, he claims only that he is faithful to that which has been demonstrated to be Truth. Thus, this able master and wise physician honors the founder of Homoeopathy, and urges allegiance to his teaching. His latest studies have been in mental derangement. Many cases of pronounced insanity have been restored by him, and incipient cases checked before their friends realized where the disorders would lead.


A master in whatever he undertakes, Dr. Kent is always most willing to help others who seek his aid, as teacher, consultant, or pre- scriber. His beneficiaries are to be found in all parts of the United States, and in all countries of the world. His pupils are acknowledged superior in their grasp of Homoeopathy and in prescribing, wherever they are following his instructions. These are most appreciative of his work, and count it a privilege to associate as the Society of Homoeopathicians, with Dr. Kent as their leader.

From: The Homoeopathician – A Journal For Pure Homoeopathy Edited By James Tyler Kent, A.M., M.D., And Julia C. Loos, M,D., H.M.  – Vol. I January, 1912



About the author

Julia C. Loos

Julia C. Loos (1869-1929) American Homeopath and student of J.T. Kent. She served as co-editor along with J.T. Kent of the Homeopathician 1914-1916. Along with Julia Minerva she helped found the American Foundation for Homeopathy (AHF) in1924, to prevent the disappearance of pure homeopathy. Dr. Loos wrote numerous articles for homeopathic journals over the years.

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