Andrew Wood 1812 - 1880
May 01, 2009
Andrew Wood 1812? - 1880 MD LLD Edinburgh, was an orthodox physician and a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the Representative of the Royal College of Surgeons on the General Medical Council, who conducted clinical trials on homeopathic belladonna,
Andrew Wood conducted clinical trials on homeopathic belladonna at Heriot’s Hospital, and he reported his results as follows: “The plan I proposed to myself was this - viz.: whenever scarlatina appeared in any particular ward, and not till then, I immediately made inquiry, and having ascertained the boys who had previously had the fever, these I left out of the question.
“This experiment was continued for several weeks, and the reason why it was then discontinued was simply this - that a fatal case occurred in the person of a boy (J.B.) who had been taking the belladonna for nearly four weeks. Taking alarm, I resolved to discontinue the experiment.” (cited in James Warburton Begbie 1855, p 93) (see also James Young Simpson’s book on homeopathy).