Homeopathy As Art and Science

Homeopathy As Art and Science

  • Elizabeth Wright-Hubbard MD


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A wonderful collection of essays from a woman considered to be a brilliant homeopath and highly effective teacher.

The final section of the book comprises the famous Brief Study Course in Homoeopathy.

344 pp pb
ISBN 0-906584-26-4
Beaconsfield Publishers, Ltd.


Essays on use of the repertory. homeopathic philosophy, wonderful cases, and a wide selection of remedies are discussed.

The book includes Wright-Hubbard's Brief Study Course.

From the Book

Dr. Elizabeth Wright Hubbard was one of the most brilliant homoeopaths of the twentieth century.

This book represents a large part of her teaching and writing, setting before the reader her great gift of being able to describe homoeopathy in a way that imprinted itself in the minds of all who studied with her.

She begins by examining the nature and philosophy of homoeopathy and its relationship with conventional medicine.

This is followed by a valuable discussion on the use of the repertory and then by a major section on remedies, in which she displays her wide-ranging and often intuitive mastery of the materia medica.

There is a further major section on cases, demonstrating the skill with which she was able to match the symptom picture of the patient to the proved indications of the relevant remedy.

The final section of the book comprises the famous Brief Study Course in Homoeopathy. Here she explains in expanded detail how the homoeopath proceeds in the evaluation and management of the individual case.


What is Homoeopathy -- 1
What Does it Mean to be a Homoeopathic Physician? -- 2
The Law of Similars -- 3 to4
The Vital Force -- 5 to 6
The Constitutional Remedy -- 7 to 8
Health Checkups -- 9 to 10
Enlarging One's World -- 11 to 12
Much in Little -- 13-14
Children in Difficulty -- 15-18
Mass Medication -- 19-20
The Osmosis of Homoeopathy -- 21-23
Potencies High and Low -- 24-25
A Program of Research for Modern Homoeopathy -- 26-29
Towards a Sound Medical Peace -- 30-31
The Dragon's Teeth -- 32-33
On Enlightened Minorities -- 34-35
Educating the Patient -- 37-38
The Value of Provings -- 39-40
The Importance of the Individual -- 41-42
Little Sunday' -- 43
A Homoeopathic Bouquet -- 45-46
Thuja -- 47
With Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan -- 48
Editorial Comment -- 50-51
Proposal for an Abridged Kent's Repertory -- 52-53
Thoughts on Revamping the Repertory -- 54-59
James Tyler Kent Prize Case -- 60-61
A Method of Working out the Kent Prize Case -- 62-65
Case 1 - Kent's Method of Repertorizing -- 66-69
Case 2 - Kent's Method of Repertorizing -- 70-72
Further Case Studies -- 73
Rubrics in Boenninghausen not to be found in Kent -- 75-77
Repertorizing An Imperfectly Taken Case -- 78-80
Index to Remedies in Kent's Materia Medica -- 81-87
Garden Remedies -- 89-90
The Intellectual Remedies --91-96
Results with Unusual Remedies -- 97-100
The North Pole to the Rescue -- 101-102
A Tissue Remedy - Calcarea Sulphurica and its Relation to the Nosode Pyrogen -- 103-107
Homoeopathic Equivalents to Endocrinological Remedies in Paediatrics -- 108-112
The Use of Nosodes in Children -- 113-115
Some Unusual Uses for the Nosodes -- 116-122
Remedies in the Cure of Common Colds -- 123-127
Cough and Company -- 128-132
Thuja Occidentalis -- 133-138
Remedies in Hypotension -- 139-140
Remedies in Backache -- 141-144
Remedies for the Relief of Pain in Muscle Spasm -- 145-147
Remedies in the Elderly -- 148-150
Ten Remedies in Scarlet Fever -- 151-162
The Planets -- 163-164
Metals for Healing -- 165-170
Strontium Carbonicum -- 171-172
Mental Portraits of Remedies Familiar and Unfamiliar -- 173-185
Oleum Animale -- 186
Homoeopathy as an Instrument of Precision -- 188-190
Precision Prescribing in Acute Cases -- 191-193
Medical Gynecology -- 194-198
Sterility and Multiple Miscarriage -- 199
The Way of Homoeopathy in the Exanthemata -- 200-202
Redeveloping Suppressed Discharges and Eruptions -- 203-208
Laurocerasus - A Case Study -- 209-210
Constitutional Remedies in the Treatment of the Nails and the Hair -- 211-213
To the Patient's Surprise -- 214-215
Taking the Baby's Case -- 216-217
Dot and Carry One -- 218
Asthma in a Child of Four -- 219
Difficult Cases -- 220
Nosodes May Save the Day in Acute Cases -- 225-228
The Run of the Mill -- 229-232
The Direction of Cure - 'Inside Out' -- 233-238
Nervous Moments -- 239-241
Oddities -- 242-244
The Unique Scope of Homoeopathy in Chronic Disease -- 245-248
The Simillimum as Psychiatrist -- 249-250
A Provocative Prescribing Puzzle -- 251-252
When and When Not to Operate -- 253-254
Operations Obviated By Homoeopathy -- 255-257
The Avoidance of Surgery -- 258-261
A Review by Lucy Swanton Clark, MD -- 262-264
A Brief Study Course in Homoeopathy -- 265-339
A Classical Homoeopathic Bibliography -- 341
Index of Remedies -- 342-344

Elizabeth Wright Hubbard, MD

(1896  -   1967)

Born on February 18, 1896 in New York City, Dr. Hubbard was educated at the Horace Mann School, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

She was introduced to homeopathy while traveling in Europe after her graduation from Barnard College.

In 1917 Dr. Hubbard began her studies at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. This was the first class to admit women and she was one of the first three women to graduate in 1921.

She was also the first female intern at Bellevue Hospital in New York, where she rode the night emergency ambulance.

Dr. Hubbard was fortunate to have spent two years in Geneva, Switzerland studying with Pierre Schmidt. When she returned to Boston she opened up her first practice.

Her writings, lectures, and seminars made her reputation on the international level.

In 1945 she served as president of the International Hahnemannian Association. From 1959-1961 she was president of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the first woman to hold that post.

For many years she was Editor of the 'Homoeopathic Recorder' and subsequently Editor of the 'Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy'. Dr. Hubbard also taught at the AFH postgraduate homeopathic school

The quintessence of her vast homeopathic experience and insight was distilled and formulated in her most well known publication, A Brief Study Course in Homoeopathy.

This compilation of articles covers her method of taking the case, the evaluation of symptoms, and repertorization.

In addition to her family, practice, writing, and teaching, Dr. Hubbard was an important figure within the Anthroposophical Society of America. She facilitated the implementation of religious and educational components of European Anthroposophy in the United States.

Dr. Hubbard was a ‘large’ woman with a forceful presence. From the accounts of people that knew her she was a skilled teacher and a thoughtful writer. Though she did not discuss homeopathy with lay people, she was always ready to explain homeopathic principles and practice to her allopathic colleagues.

Dr. Hubbard worked to the end. In the middle of a consultation she had a stroke from which she never recovered. She died 2 days later on May 22, 1967.


The Homoeopath
Vol.10 No.4 1990

reviewed by
Amanda Bingley RSHom
who practices in Lancashire.

This is a very exciting and long awaited publication of selected writings by the American homoeopath, Elizabeth Wright Hubbard MD, who died in 1967.

A pupil of Pierre Schmidt, this extraordinary woman is reputedly 'homeopathy's strongest pillar and most brilliant flame of this century' to quote from the preface by Della DesRosiers, who goes on to outline some of Dr Hubbard's achievements; one of the first women to train at Columbia University Medical School, President of the American Institute of Homoeopathy, editor of its journal, teacher, wife, practitioner and other, AND she found time to write, research and inspire.

This selection has been chosen from her articles and teachings.

The bulk of the book covers her ideas and notes on a variety of topics from philosophy, notes on remedies and a section called 'Visions' to some intriguing and well argued case studies and repertory work.

She has a fund of insights into materia medica, all delightfully presented with humour and meticulous attention to detail, see the sections 'Mental Portraits of Remedies Familiar and Unfamiliar', 'Cough and Company', and a piece 'To the Patient's Surprise', where all she has given 'mini' pictures of Calcarea carbonica and Petroleum and a fascinating case of a man with active TB successfully treated with classic constitutional prescribing.

Following 79 of these short writings the final part of this book is taken up with the only lengthy work she completed, A Brief Study Course in Homoeopathy. A paradox perhaps but as Lucy Swanton Clark MD says in her review of this section it may only be... 'the briefest of courses'... but...

'Each of the chapters is full of gems not to be skipped. They bring to the reader those rare qualities of human understanding, which along with a gift in the use of words, were characteristic of Dr Hubbard. Once having met and heard her lecture, or watched her interview and prescribe for a patient, one became aware of an artist and a perfectionist in her work. She can never be replaced. This small work preserves her essence'.

This is well deserved praise for a book which so clearly and simply outlines the basic principles of homoeopathic philosophy and practice. Throughout this collection of works one is struck by her great diversity of knowledge and depth of understanding.

One can dip into this book over and over again, emerging with some new insight which may be usefull to both oneself and one's practice or widen the scope of useful remedies etc. There is some item which will surely interest everyone, student, practitioner and the lay reader alike.

However, inherent in the fact that this is a collection of odd papers, essays etc. is the sadness that Dr Hubbard never concentrated on an area in order to develop it into a book form. I found each article tantalizingly short, just beginning as it ends.

The editors have attempted to overcome the resulting 'bitty' effect by putting subjects under clearly defined headings and and this does allow for continuity, but apart from one solitary article ('The Simillimum as Psychiatrist', p.249) they have omitted all references to sources and chronology, so one has no guide as to how Wright Hubbard developed her themes and in what context. A frustrating omission from both a general interest and a research viewpoint.

Perhaps, encouraged by the success of this venture the editors may include references in future editions, and even add further material, as in a few cases the discussion section has been left out, and there may be some useful tips in everything!

A book of many inspirations, it is guaranteed to be of lasting value and delight for many years.