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John Pattison 1826 - 1898

October 25, 2009

hydrastisJohn Pattison 1826? -  1898? MD FRMSL was a famous British orthodox physician and cancer specialist, affiliated with New York University, who converted to homeopathy,

John Pattison had over thirteen years and 4000 cases of cancer to report on when he began to publish his research in 1866 (John Pattison, Cancer: its nature; and successful and comparatively painless treatment, without the usual operation with the knife, (H. Turner & co., 1866)).

John Pattison was the first person who used hydrastis in the treatment of cancer (in 1852) (both William Bayes and John Pattison had been working with this new remedy), and he was happy to instruct homeopaths as to the use of his ‘paste’ (hydrastis mixed with chloride of lime), though a spat did break out in the homeopathic community in 1866 over this issue, when his students Robert MacLimont and Charles Henry Marston wrote an article which did not acknowledge John Pattison’s work in this area sufficiently. A follow up article in the homeopathic press apologised for this oversight.

John Pattison also advocated the use of hamamelis in dysmenorroea, and Sanguinaria for the treatment of cancer,

John Pattison was a colleague of William Bayes, William H Burt, D A Colton, A M Cushing, Carroll Dunham, J Weldon Fell, E J Fraser, Edwin Moses Hale, Bernhard Hirschel, William Henry Holcombe, Joseph Hooper, Temple S Hoyne, Henry R Madden, C H Marson, John Meyhoffer, George Lennox Moore, William Morgan, Edward Harris Ruddock, Edward Barton Shuldham, James John Garth Wilkinson, and many others.

John Pattison practiced at 10 Cavendish Road, St. John’s Wood, and at 26 Welbeck Street,

John Pattison practiced in London in the mid-1800’s. Early in his career, he used the bloodroot (Sanguinaria) paste that has been widely reported in medical literature since the first studies were conducted at Middlesex Hospital by J Weldon Fell, a contemporary of John Pattison.

J Weldon Fell’s work has been peer reviewed for almost 150 years. Frederic E Mohs does not mention either J Weldon Fell or John Pattison in his work, but Frederic E Mohs microsurgery uses a similar paste (not identical) and a variation of the J Weldon Fell method.

John Pattison first published a bloodroot (Sanguinaria) protocol and later (1866) one based on goldenseal (hydrastis).

John Pattison wrote Diseases peculiar to women, with a new treatment for the same (in which he extols the virtue of homeopathic remedies), Cancer: it’s nature and successful and comparatively painless treatment without the usual operation of the knife (in which he extols the virtue of calendula cream), Cancer: its true nature, treatment, & cure, Fistula in ano: a new and successful treatment, without the knife or ligature (in which he extols the virtue of hydrastis), A Short Practical Treatise on Cancer (in which he extols the virtue of hydrastis), Tumours: their nature and treatment: by new remedies, and by operations, Remarks on some diseases of the breast and of the womb, Remarks on lupus, acne and sycosis with the remedy authorised by the medical profession: also, remarks on a safer and more certain remedy, An answer to the lecture delivered by T. Spencer Wells on cancer curers and cancer cures, A short practical treatise on cancer and on the best means for its removal and relief: without the usual operation by the knife, Cancer; its successful treatment without operation, The old methods of treating cancer compared with the new, Preface to seventh thousand of cases of cancer … treated with Dr. Pattison’s new remedy, Cases of cancer, lupus, and ulcers, treated with dr. Pattison’s new remedy, A second appendix to the successful treatment of cancer, The only successful and rational treatment of cancer yet known,

Of interest:

John Patison had a famous uncle,

Mark Pattison was an English author and a Church of England priest. He served as rector of Lincoln College, Oxford.

W P Pattison, a wholesaler at St John’s Street Road EC, contributed to the Memorial Fund for Matthew James Chapman,


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