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Samuel Gregg
Born July 1, 1799(1799-07-01)
New Boston, New Hampshire, United States
Died October 25, 1872 (aged 73)
Amherst, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation Doctor
Known for Physician who introduced homeopathy in New England.
Relatives Joseph Howard, Jr., son-in-law

Samuel Gregg (July 1, 1799-October 25, 1872) was an American doctor who is credited for introducing homeopathy in New England during the early-to mid 19th century. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1825, he was partners with Dr. John Stevens in Charlestown before establishing a successful practice in Medford, Massachusetts. [1] It was while practicing in Medford that he began studying homeopathy with the prominent Magoun family. It was on their recommendation that Gregg worked closely with Federal Vanderburgh while treating his daughter for advanced consumption and, although she eventually died from the disease, he observed the medicinal effects during his patient's treatments and began to study New School therapeutics. [2] [3]

He officially changed his practice to homeopathy in 1838 and, while previous homeopathists of the period generally lost patients, Gregg's practice experienced a surge of popularity. Moving to Boston two years later, Gregg became one of the founding members of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1844 [4] and the Massachusetts Homeopathic Society in 1856. Forming a partnership with Herbert Codman Clapp, another prominent Boston homeopathist, [5] he also established the Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital and the Homeopathic Medical Dispensary around this time. Gregg continued to practice in Boston until his death in Amherst, Massachusetts on October 25, 1872. [1] [2]

References

  1. ^ a b New England Medical Gazette. "Necrological." The American Observer. Vol. X (1873): 176+.
  2. ^ a b Haller, John S. The History of American Homeopathy: The Academic Years, 1820-1935. Binghamton, New York: Haworth Press, 2005. (pg. 45-46) ISBN 0-7890-2660-0
  3. ^ Feldberg, Georgina D. Disease and Class: Tuberculosis and the Shaping of Modern North American Society. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1995. (pg. 16) ISBN 0-8135-2218-8
  4. ^ Haller, John S. American Medicine in Transition, 1840-1910. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1981. (pg. 117) ISBN 0-252-00806-5
  5. ^ Yasgur, Jay. Yasgur's Homeopathic Dictionary. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2003. (pg. 364, 374) ISBN 81-8056-309-X

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