Mark Twain on Homeopathy

Harpers Magazine 1890

In an 1890 issue of Harpers Magazine, Mark Twain acknowledges the value of homeopathy, remarking that, "The introduction of homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business."

Public appreciation of homoeopathy was perhaps best expressed by Mark Twain in a celebrated writing published by him in 1890. The February Harper's Magazine contains a remarkable article entitled, "A Majestic Literary Fossil."

In this article the incomparable Twain rakes over the literature of the old school of medicine of a hundred years ago and more, and in his facetious way presents its absurdities in their most ludicrous light.

He discusses an old allopathic medical text, which had been employed by a Confederate physician during the Civil War and later comments:

"When you reflect that your own father had to take such medicines as the above, and that you would be taking them today yourself, but for the introduction of homoeopathy, which forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business, you may honestly feel grateful that homoeopathy survived the attempts of the allopathists to destroy it, even though you may never employ any physician but an allopathist while you live."

The complete text of the Harper's article is available at www.harpers.org

Information excerpted from H.L. Coulter's
Divided Legacy: The Conflict between Homeopathy and the American Medical Association
and
The Homeopathic Physician "Book Notices" Vol 10, No 3. 1890