Homeopathy in Canada: A Synopsis
by Fernando Ania, N.D., H.D.

    
In 1996 we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of homeopathy. In 1796 after six years of experimentation, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, published his findings in a German medical journal. Since then, homeopathy has expanded throughout the entire world, having had its splendor at the beginning of the 20th century in Philadelphia and the East coast of the United States.
By 1892, the USA had over four hundred state and county associations (Bradford, 1892), and by 1912, there were one hundred and ninety-five homeopathic hospitals, nine of which had over one thousand beds (Cleave, 1912). With immigrants coming into Canada and Canadians traveling to the USA, the enormous homeopathic influence in the USA soon reached Canada. An immigrant most likely from the Netherlands, Dr. J. 0. Rosenstein, is recorded as practicing homeopathy in 1845, in Montreal, Quebec (Epps,1845).
The Homeopathic Hospital
In 1846, Rosenstein published what may be the first Canadian book on homeopathy (Rosenstein, 1846). Before Rosenstein, Arthur Fisher, M.D. was practicing homeopathy in Montreal. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Rosenstein may have been the first homeopathic doctors practicing in Canada. Joseph J. Lancaster (1813-1884) was practicing homeopathy in Norwich, Ontario in 1846 (Campbell, 1892), and then in London, Ontario in 1848. He went to the U.S.A. to further his studies in homeopathy and graduated from the Philadelphia Homeopathic College in 1857 (Cleave, 1873). Dr. Lancaster was one of the first doctors to use disinfectants and when the cholera epidemic reached London, Ontario, he suggested using disinfectants to control it. Despite the opposition of orthodox physicians, the Board of Health acted on his advice and the epidemic was contained.
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