Elizabeth Wright-Hubbard

(1896-1967)

Elizabeth Wright-Hubbard

Born in New York City Dr. Hubbard was educated at the Horace Mann School, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She was introduced to homeopathy while traveling in Europe after her graduation from Barnard College.

In 1917 Dr. Hubbard began her studies at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. This was the first class to admit women and she was one of the first three women to graduate in 1921. She was also the first female intern at Bellevue Hospital in New York, where she rode the night emergency ambulance.

Dr. Hubbard was fortunate to have spent two years in Geneva, Switzerland studying with Pierre Schmidt. When she returned to Boston she opened up her first practice. Her writings, lectures, and seminars made her reputation on the international level. In 1945 she served as president of the International Hahnemannian Association.

From 1959-1961 she was president of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the first woman to hold that post. For many years she was Editor of the 'Homoeopathic Recorder' and subsequently Editor of the 'Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy'. Dr. Hubbard also taught at the AFH postgraduate homeopathic school.

The quintessence of her vast homeopathic experience and insight was distilled and formulated in her most well known publication, A Brief Study Course in Homoeopathy. This compilation of articles covers her method of taking the case, the evaluation of symptoms, and repertorization.

In addition to her family, practice, writing, and teaching, Dr. Hubbard was an important figure within the Anthroposophical Society of America. She facilitated the implementation of religious and educational components of European Anthroposophy in the United States.

Dr. Hubbard was a 'large' woman with a forceful presence. From the accounts of people that knew her she was a skilled teacher and a thoughtful writer. Though she did not discuss homeopathy with lay people she was always ready to explain homeopathic principles and practice to her allopathic colleagues.

Dr. Hubbard worked to the end. In the middle of a consultation she had a stroke from which she never recovered. She died 2 days afterwards.

From Julian Winston's Faces of Homeopathy