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Charles Henry Marston 1833 - 1899

March 05, 2010

Charles Henry Marston ?1833 - ?1899 MRCS England 1855, LRCP Edinburgh 1860, MD St. Andrews 1861, MBHS, was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, to become a Physician at the North Wilts Homeopathic Dispensary,

Charles Henry Marston was a student of John Pattison (the first person to use hydrastis in the treatment of cancer (in 1852), alongside Robert MacLimont.

Charles Henry Marston was the brother of John Westland Marston (1819-1890) who ‘… was an English dramatist and critic…’ (See John Westland Martson was a friend of James John Garth Wilkinson.

Charles Henry Marston practiced at 27 Long Street, Devizes, and at 1 Bath Terrace, Swindon,

There appears to be some bad blood between the British homeopathic community and Robert MacLimont, who came into conflict with George Newman, who accused Robert MacLimont of mixed allopathic and homeopathic practice, an observation previously noted in Guernsey by John Ozanne,

Robert MacLimont was a student of John Pattison, a famous British orthodox physician and cancer specialist, affiliated with New York University, who converted to homeopathy, and had over thirteen years and 4000 cases of cancer to report on when he began to publish his reasearch. Robert MacLimont also caused a controversy when he published his report on John Pattison‘s cancer research (Charles Henry Marston and Robert MacLimont*, Cancer, and the new mode of treating it, *(1863)), which caused disagreement and contention amongst homeopaths in Britain, some homeopaths were in favour and some were not.

John Pattison was the first person who used hydrastis in the treatment of cancer (in

  1. (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.

Marston submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications, and he wrote Cancer: its pathology, diagnosis and treatment, Cancer, and the new mode of treating it by Charles Henry Marston and Robert MacLimont (based on the research of John Pattison), Homeopathy and Sir Benjamin Brodie, Cholera: its causes, prevention, and treatment (1866), Grieving the spirit; a sermon, Election, sanctification, obedience; or, The cause, the means, the end, The crown of righteousness, a sermon on the death of J.C. Philpot,

Of interest:

Is this the same man?

Charles Henry Marston was born in Norton, Gloucestershire and was christened 25 Aug 1833 in Norton, Gloucestershire. He died 13 Oct 1899. Charles married Jane Jones on 1858. Jane Jones was born about 1839 in Norton, Gloucestershire. She died 1909. Jane married Charles Henry Marston on 1858. They had the following children: Hannah Marston was born 1860; Mary Ann Marston was born about 1863 and died 8 Mar 1929; Edith Alice Marston was born in Glantony, Wales and was christened 9 Nov 1867. She died 14 Oct 1891; Ruth Marston was born  Feb 1871 in Hempsted, Gloucester; Ruth Marston was born about 1873; Naomi Marston was born 1875.