Dorothy Shepherd

MD

(c.1885-1952)

Dorothy Shepherd

Dr. Dorothy Shepherd grew up in South India where her father was a missionary. She studied medicine at Heidelberg medical school and graduated from Edinburgh. She was raised with homeopathic medicine and as a child had access to a copy of Hering's Domestic Physician.

Even though she grew up in a homeopathic household in England, at the age of ten she announced her intention to pursue allopathic medical studies. Only after her conventional medical training did she investigate the medicine of her childhood.

By her account,

"I heard about the Hering College in Chicago. The name Hering conjured up memories of a tattered old book. I must go and find out the truth which so long had evaded me."

In 1906 Dr. Shepherd went to Chicago and began her studies at the Hering Medical College. Her teachers were Dienst and Tomhagen, both pupils of James Tyler Kent.

When she returned to Europe Dr. Shepherd put her new skills in to practice.

"I must admit that homoeopathy has never let me down. Homoeopathy is a life-long study. It requires the burning of the midnight oil, but it is worthwhile."

Dr. Shepherd wrote several books on homeopathy, based on her clinical experience:

Some time in the 1940's Dr. Shepherd established a homoeopathic center in Bramshott. Little is known about it. She spent long hours providing homoeopathic care to the poor in London and was well known for her service and staunch support of homeopathy.

On November 15, 1952, after 45 years of service to homeopathy, Dr. Shepherd passed on. Her contributions to homeopathy through her practice and published writings helped bridge the gap during the lean years of homeopathy in the 1900s.

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From Encyclopedia Homeopathica

"There is no sickness, only sick people."
- Dr. Dorothy Shepherd in her book
More Magic of the Minimum Dose

Dorothy Shepherd grew up in a homeopathic household in England. She remembered the familiar ritual of little sugar granules dissolved in a glass of water and the thrill of sipping this mixture out of a spoon.

What she does not have memories of, are wearisome days in bed and doctor's visits. As a child she loved pouring over Hering's Domestic Physician and at the age of ten announced, to the horror of her family, her intention of pursuing medical studies.

She reached her goal and began training at Edinburgh University as well as Heidelberg and other continental schools. There was no reference to homeopathy in her training; it was a dim memory from childhood.

She specialized in midwifery and surgery in women's diseases. Her residency was spent in a "homeopathic" hospital where she spent most of her time in surgery and none learning homeopathy. The doctors at this hospital prescribed many remedies at once and patients usually left the dispensary with four or five bottles of colorless water in them.

When Dorothy asked one of the doctors "why not put it all in one bottle?" she was frowned upon. Some years later these doctors finally gave up the pretense of calling themselves homeopaths but by this time she had tired of their mumbo-jumbo and taken a new post as a surgeon, disgusted with so-called homeopathy.

Shortly thereafter, she heard about the Hering College in Chicago and Dr. Kent. But she was still skeptical. It took the following experience to convince her.

She developed excruciating sinusitis from the boat passage from England to America. A physician at the college prescribed Nux Vomica CM. He told her to expect an aggravation and then improvement.

"It was all double-Dutch to me. I smiled in a superior fashion and thanked him. I could not believe that such a microscopic dose could make any difference let alone give me more pain."

But of course, she did have a rapid cure of the sinusitis and subsequently threw herself into her new studies with enthusiasm.

During her schooling in Chicago, she had trouble concentrating and her memory was not as strong as it used to be. On the recommendation of a fellow student, she took Tuberculinum 1M which restored her mental acuity and near-photographic memory. From then on she was converted to high potencies.