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Walter R Johnson 1821 - 1893

September 01, 2009

Umberslade HallWalter R Johnson 1821? - 1893? MD London 1847, was a British orthodox physician, Gold Medalist in Medicine and Materia Media, and Medical Tutor at Guy’s Hospital, who converted to homeopathy, to become the Editor of the _Journal of Health _(replacing Ralph Barnes Grindrod), a Member of the Management Committee of the Manchester Homeopathic Hospital, and a Chairman of the Manchester Branch of the Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners,

In 1856, Walter Johnson practiced at Rhoda Villa, St. John’s Wood, at the Great Malvern Hydrotherapy Establishment at Malvernbury, and at the Hydrotherapy Establishment at Umberslade Hall.

He then set up a hydrotherapy establishment at Wheeley Road, Edgebaston, with his father and brother, and he incorporated homeopathy into his practice. In 1872, he was practicing at again at Great Malvern,

Walter Johnson was a partner of James Manby Gully, and James Loftus Marsden,

In 1851, a public meeting was held in Manchester, where William Armitage, Henry Dixon, Richard Durnford, William Philip Harrison, Walter R Johnson (Chairman), George Stevenson Knowles, Alfred Crosby Pope, William W Scholefield, Charles Caulfield Tuckey, Arthur de Noe Walker and many others, decided that homeopathy required the protection of a Royal Charter or a Legal Enactment to protect it from their enemies, and they proposed that a Branch of the General Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners be immediately set in motion, noting that in London an Association for the Protection of Homeopathic Students and Practitioners was already up and functioning.

Also in 1851, Walter Johnson attended the 4th Homeopathic Congress in Manchester, alongside George Atkin, Francis Black, Hugh Cameron, John James Drysdale, George Dunn, John Epps, George Fearon, William Philip Harrison, George Calvert Holland, Joseph Laurie, Charles W Luther, Alfred Crosby Pope, John Rutherford Russell, Charles Caulfield Tuckey, and many more.

Walter Johnson wrote The Principles of Homeopathy, The Anatriptic Art, Homoeopathy: popular exposition and defence of its principles and practice, _]([_The domestic management of children in health and disease on hydropathic and homeopathic priciples, Essay on the Diseases of Young Women_, _Hydrotherapy Statistics, and he submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications.

Of interest:

Edward Johnson - 1844, father of Walter Johnson and Howard Johnson, was a student of Astley Cooper, and of Vincennz Priessnitz at Grafenberg, and he practiced hydrotherapy at Great Malvern, Stansteadbury, and at Wheeley Road, Edgebaston, with his two sons,

Edward Johnson treated Thomas Attwood, Alfred Lord Tennyson,

Edward Johnson wrote The Domestic Practice of Hydrotherapy in 1856, Results of hydropathy: or, Constipation not a disease of the bowels, The water cure. A lecture on the principles of hydropathy, Hydropathy: the theory, principles, and practice of the water cure, The history, claims, and prospects of hydropathy,

Howard Frederick Johnson, son of Edward Johnson, brother of Walter Johnson, was a supporter of the Manchester Homeopathic Hospital, and he was also a Hydrotherapist.

Howard Johnson wrote The treatment of incurable diseases, The domestic practice of hydropathy, Researches into the effects of cold water upon the healthy body,

J Johnson, a worker in the locomotor department at the Manchester Homeopathic hospital was a supporter of the hospital.

J D Johnson wrote The Therapeutic Key, or practical guide for the Homeopathic Treament of Acute Disease,


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