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Frederick Neild 1836 - 1902

March 08, 2009

Frederick Neild 1836 - 1902? MD, CM (Edin.), LRCP (Edin.) was an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become a Consulting Physician at the Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital, Physician at the Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Homeopathic Dispensary and Cottage Hospital,

Joseph Lister taught many students who were homeopaths, including Alfred Midgley Cash (one of Joseph Lister’s dressers), Alfred Edward Hawkes, William Henderson, John Moorhead Byres Moir, Frederick Neild, William Cash Reed, Gilbert Dewitt Wilcox and many others.

The Anglo French American Hospital: An Account of the Work Carried on Under Homeopathic Auspices During 1915-1916, at the Hôpital Militaire Auxiliaire, No. 307, Neuilly sur Seine, in Conjunction with the French Red Cross Society. Frederick Neild presided and commended the Neuilly plan to the sympathies and support of the friends of Homeopathy in Tunbridge Wells.

Frederick Neill practiced in Devon, and he also practiced in Tunbridge Wells, and he was instrumental in the foundation of the Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital.

Frederick Neild was a descendant of James Neild 1744 - 1814, jeweller and prison reformer. His wife Annie died in 1900 aged 53. Frederick Neild and his wife were Quakers.

Frederick Neild wrote an article Observations on Diphtheria for the British Homeopathic Journal in 1887, and he contributed cases and articles to various homeopathic publications.

Of interest:

Edith Neild MB (London), LRCP, LRCS (Edinburgh), LFPS (Glasgow), daughter of Frederick Neild, was an Honorary Physician at the Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital, and a third assistant officer resident at the London Homeopathic Hospital, and Edith Neild was the first female member of the British Homeopathic Society, elected in 1898… [Sandra L. Chaff, Women in Medicine: A Bibliography of the Literature on Women Physicians, Volume 1, (Scarecrow Press, 1977). ; Anon, Annals and Transactions of the British Homeopathic Society, and of the London Homeopathic Hospital, (1912).]

Edith Neild is recorded as a Doctor contributing towards the Neuilly sur Seine hospital in 1916.

Dr. Edith Neild qualified in Edinburgh in 1898. Edith Neild won the third medal for chemistry, and the second medal for practical chemistry at the Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women:

The Dudgeon Scholar for 1907 was announced in the last Report as Dr. Edith Neild. This lady went in January of last year to Boston, where she spent most of

Dr. Edith Neild, of Tunbridge Wells worked with some severe pneumonia cases and used a dilution of the patient’s own sputum with tremendous success. The improvement was quite marked and immediate in all cases.

The sputum is diluted to three with normal saline. “I give three doses the first night, and if the temperature rises again the second night also. I have sometimes had to give it a third time…” Treating the 1918 flu outbreak as reported in The British Homoeopathic Journal. December 1918, No.12.Vol. V111.


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