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Dr. Phillip A. Nicholls

Fields of research and interest:
Social and sociological history of irregular medicine, with particular reference to homoeopathy

Ongoing projects:
The relationship among political radicals, religious non-conformists and irregular medicine (especially homoeopathy) in 19th Century Britain; Journal article in progress: The Dissenting Doctor: John Epps and the Politics of Radical Medicine in the 19th Century

Contacts with journals, newsletters, institutions:
Current member of INHH; Previously member of INRAT (When this network was extant)

Bibliography of recent (since 1993) monographs and articles:


  • The Simile in Medicine, in: Notes from the Editors (for a reprint of the first English edition [1833] of the Homoeopathic Medical Doctrine, or Organon of the Healing Art) (New York, 1995), 5-21.
  • The Homoeopathy Discussion Group, in: H. Johannessen et al (eds.): Studies in Alternative Therapy 2: Body and Nature (Odense, 1995), 106-117.
  • (With Morrell, P.): Laienpraktiker und häretische Mediziner: Großbritannien, in: Martin Dinges (ed.): Weltgeschichte der Homöopathie (München, 1996), 185-213.
  • A Hearing for Homoeopathy: Some Sociological Reflections on Problems of Communication About Alternative Therapy Among Researchers and Practitioners, in: Oleson, Soren Gosvig, et al (eds.): Studies in Alternative Therapy 3: Communication in and About Alternative Therapies (Odense, 1996), 99-110.
  • Central Aspects of Methodology in Research on Alternative Therapies, in: Oleson, Soren Gosvig et al (eds.): Studies in Alternative Therapy 4 (Odense, 1997), 197-198.
  • The Social Construction and Organisation of Medical Marginality - the Case of Homoeopathy in Mid Nineteenth Century Britain, in: Robert Jütte, M. Eklöf, M. C. Nelson (eds.): Historical Aspects of Unconventional Medicine: Approaches, Concepts, Case Studies (Sheffield, 2001), 163-81.
  • Homoeopathy, in: Hessenbruch, A. (ed.): Reader's Guide to the History of Science, Fitzroy Dearborn (London, 2001), 346-348.
  • Class, Status and Gender: Toward a Sociology of the Homoeopathic Patient in Nineteenth Century Britain, in: Martin Dinges (ed.): Patients in the History of Homoeopathy (Sheffield, 2002), 141-56.

Suggestions to the network:
A welcome development! - and look forward to 2006

Position: Principal Lecturer in Sociology
Address: Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2XW, UK
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