Dr. William Ernest Boyd
Dr. Boyd was born in Glasgow, Scotland. During World War I he served as a Surgeon in the Royal Navy. Later he joined the Homoeopathic Faculty in 1919. It was due to the influence of Dr. Gibson Miller that he owed his initial knowledge and interest in homoeopathy.
From 1920 onwards, he was Physician and Radiologist to the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital. He was the founder and first Director of the Boyd Medical Research Trust Laboratories. He was member of numerous learned societies, such as the Faraday Society, the Royal Philosophical Society, Glasgow; the Society of Physical Medicine - branch of the British Medical Association; the Institute of Radiology and the British Institute of Engineers. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Institute of Electronics and a Member of the Faculty of Homoeopathy.
Between 1922 and August 1954, he contributed many papers on homoeopathic or biochemical research to the British Homoeopathic Journal. In 1936 he published a monograph entitled 'Low Potencies of Homoeopathy'. Dr. Boyd proved by the experiments on his Emanometer beyond any shadow of a doubt that the presence of a power exists in the 30th potency of Mercuric Chloride. He thus vindicated the clinical insight of Hahnemann.
Dr. Hahnemann used the terms 'Spiritual Vital Force' and later 'Dynamis' to explain the phenomenon of cure based on the Law of Similars. The biophysical or dynamic state of the sick person should be similar to the dynamic influence produced by the drug on a healthy prover to neutralize the vital disorder.
Of course, the Law of Similars, as enunciated by Hahnemann, belonged to the biological sphere, and, therefore, could not satisfy the scientific minds who think in terms of physics and chemistry. It was Dr. Boyd who came forward to prove by experimental verification that the power released by drug is a kind of emanation which could be measured and applied.
Earlier, George Starr, Abrahm, Stearns and others in USA were on this track. They found that a homoeopathic remedy has palpable effects on sick people. They examined eye reflexes, percussion sounds, and the pulse to show the effects of the homoeopathic remedy. Dr. Boericke had shown by his flocculation test that the emanations of the sick person are similar to the emanations of the correct homoeopathic remedy.
Dr. Boyd believed that there was some sort of emanation produced by homoeopathically prepared drugs that acted only on the tissues to which each individual, and only on people to whom it was tuned.