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James Dore Blake 1805 - 1874

December 13, 2008

James Dore Blake 1805 - 1874 MD MRCSE 1846 became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1847, having attended the School of Medicine in Charlotte Street, Surgeon to The Taunton Convent, The West of England Proprietary School, the Accidental Death Insurance Company and the Provincial Life Assurance Company, was an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, he graduated from the Hahnemann College in Philadelphia in 1853, and he was also a member of The Hahnemann Medical Society, and a member of the Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners, alongside George Edward Allshorn, George Atkin, Francis Black, John Chapman, Paul Francois Curie, John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, George Fearon, Edward Hamilton, William Hering, C. B. Kerr, William Kingdon, Joseph Laurie, Thomas Robinson Leadam, John Ozanne, John Rutherford Russell, David Wilson and many others.

James Dore Blake was born in Salisbury and educated in Leamington. He qualified as a doctor in 1847 only to be instantly dismissed because he was a homeopath, but the charges against him were ‘jumped up’, as the declarations of his examination medical competence bear witness. He wrote about this experience in Homeopathy at Taunton: the case of Mr. James Dore Blake and the Royal College of Surgeons in 1848 (James Dore Blake, Homeopathy at Taunton: the case of Mr. James Dore Blake and the Royal College of Surgeons, (Highley, 1848).

He made many medical converts to homeopathy during his career.

James Dore Blake practiced in Taunton, and at the Taunton Homeopathic Pharmacy.

James Dore Blake married Elizabeth Nicholson Gibbs, and they had ten children, Phillip James Blake born 1831, James  Gibbs Joseph Nicholson Blake born 1833, Libra Augusta born 1838, Joseph born 1836 (died), Joseph Nicholson Blake  born 1838, Elizabeth Ann born 1841, Edward Thomas born 1842, Mary Ann born 1844, Sarah Margaret born 1847 and Samuel Hahnemann born 1850.

James Dore Blake’s Obituary is in The British Journal of Homeopathy 1875.

James Dore Blake wrote Homeopathy at Taunton. The Case of Mr. James Dore Blake and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Of interest:

J G H Blake (?-?) attended (Anon, The Homeopathic World, Volume 43, (1908). Page 236) the 2nd International Homeopathic Congress held in London (Anon, The Medical Counselor, Volume 7, (The Michigan State Homeopathic Society, 1883). Page 347) in on 11th-18th July 1881 (Anon, The Homeopathic World, (August 1,1881)) at Aberdeen House, Argyll Street, Regent Street.

Edward Thomas Blake 1842 - 1905 MD Aberdeen was the 4th son of James Dore Blake and was also a homeopath, and he was a homeopath at the  Wolverhampton and Stafford Homeopathic Dispensary.

F Blake was a Steward at the Annual Festival in aid of the funds of the Charity, and in commemoration of the opening of the London Homeopathic Hospital on Thursday, the 10th of April 1851,

J N Blake was the Physician at the Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Homeopathic Dispensary (later the Plymouth Homeopathic Dispensary and Cottage Hospital),


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