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Edwin Moses Hale 1829 - 1899

February 04, 2008

Edwin Moses Hale
1829-1899Edwin Moses Hale 1829 - 1899 was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy graduated at the Cleveland Homoeopathic Medical College to become Professor Emeritus of Materia Medica and Therapeutics at Hahnemann Medical College, editor of the North American Journal of Homeopathy and The American Homeopathic Observer and a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy. Hale was also a member of The Chicago Literary Club.

Hale was instrumental in introducing many new remedies to our Pharmacopoeia, and he wrote numerous books which are still in use today by modern homeopaths.

The Hale family immigrated to America in 1637 and they can trace their ancestry to The Mayflower.

physician, born in Newport, New Hampshire, 2 February, 1829. He became a printer in early life, employing his leisure hours in study.

He was graduated at the Cleveland Homoeopathic Medical College in 1859, practised his profession for twelve years in Jonesville, Michigan, became in 1863 professor of materia medica and therapeutics in the Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, and held the same chair in Chicago homoeopathic college from 1880 till 1884, when he became professor emeritus.

In 1871 he began a series of special lectures on diseases of the heart. In addition to his editorial connection with various journals he is the author of many monographs and of several treatises…

Hale was eager to see homeopathic colleges springing up across America and he viewed competition between them as healthy, honourable and high minded, but he warned against rivalry getting out of hand. As a result, homeopaths in America at this time established a collective identity, and dozens of departments and freestanding schools and affiliations crossed the country.

Hale was against abortion in principle, but he agreed that it was sometimes necessary and could be done without harm to the mother if her live was to be saved.

The Frost Flower Here is a fun exchange between Dr. Edwin Moses Hale, M.D. (1829-1899) and Asa Gray.

Based upon the dateline, it must have taken place sometime after 1863, the year in which Hale came to Chicago (from Michigan).

The “A.G.”-initialled, one sentence comment at the bottom is in Asa Gray’s hand. I found both the letter and newsclipping in Hale’s copy of Matthias Jakob Schleiden’s Poetry Of The Vegetable World (1853), edited by Alphonso Wood…

This book is of some interest in the history of American textbooks of botany. Emanuel D. Rudolph has studied it (see pages 48-58 of Emanuel D. Rudolph’s Studies in the History of North American Botany

124 Clark St. Chicago, June 13

Prof. A. Gray:

Dear Sir: I cut the enclosed from a newspaper a month or two ago. I have a suspicion that it is a hoax *, but my curiosity is such that I would like to have you give me your opinion or knowledge concerning it. Yours truly, E.M. Hale, Prof Med. Bot. et Mat. Med.

  • Yes, and a neat and amusing one! A.G.

Hale wrote Lectures On Diseases Of The Heart, Materia medica and special therapeutics of the new remedies Volume 1, Materia Medica And Special Therapeutics Of The New Remedies Volume 2, Saw Palmetto: (Sabal Serrulata. Serenoa Serrulata), The Medical, Surgical, and Hygienic Treatment of Diseases of Women, New Remedies: Their Pathogenetic Effects and Therapeutic Application, Ilex Cassine : the aboriginal North American tea, Repertory to the New Remedies with Charles Porter Hart, The Characteristics of the New Remedies, Materia Medica and Special Therapeutics of the New Remedies, The Practice of Medicine, Homoeopathic Materia Medica of the New Remedies: Their Botanical Description, An Open Letter to the Medical Profession: Being a History and Defense… , A Systematic Treatise on Abortion and Sterility, A Monograph Upon Gelseminum: Its Therapeutic and Physiological Effects, The Heart, and how to Take Care of it, The Compendium of Health Pertaining to the Physical Life of Man, The Nelumbium Luteum: Or, Great American Water Lily, Ptelea Trifoliata, Pathogenesis of Myrica Cerifera, Diseases of the Coccyx and Coccygodynia, On the Current Discussion on Medical Education, Angina Pectoris, and in German Neue amerikanische Heilmittel (1873), in French Pathogènésies neuvelles: matière médicale pure (1874), and in Spanish Lecciones sobre las enfermedades del corazón (1878), Tratamiento higiénico, médico y quirúrgico de las enfermedades de las… (1881).