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July 14, 1999

History: An Alternative Path: The Making and Remaking of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;282(2):197-198. doi:10.1001/jama.282.2.197-JBK0714-4-1

Anyone interested in the history of either medical education or alternative medicine will welcome Naomi Rogers' work on Hahnemann Medical College. Rogers tells an important story of how this medical institution evolved over 150 years, with its 19th-century homeopathic origins serving as both strength and weakness.

While initially Hahnemann's students, faculty, and administrators derived a valuable sense of identity from homeopathy, the advances of modern science and the power of mainstream professionalism ultimately pressured the college to renegotiate the terms of its existence. Hahnemann survived, Rogers argues, by repeatedly redefining its educational structure and medical philosophy, adapting itself to "alternative paths."