By fighting she eventually converted the whole of her family and very many others to homeopathy. Remember many of our hardest cases have been to from two, eight or more allopathic practitioners and specialists. Such cases drift to homeopathy as a last chance.


I AM a fighting homoeopath and I received my homoeopathic fighting spirit in my mothers womb. My mother had Asiatic Cholera in England just before I was born. Her life was given up by her allopathic attendant. It was homoeopathy, administered as a last hope, which saved her life and the maternal impressions were inherited by me.

By fighting she eventually converted the whole of her family and very many others to homoeopathy. Dr. Thomas Hayle, senior, saviour of my mother, and our subsequent family physician, instructed my mother how to apply homoeopathy to the various family ailments, selecting for her use a large mahogany brass- bound box of medicines and of course a Family Manual of Homoeopathy, for this elderly doctor soon became so busy that he could not get round to every aching tummy, headache and chill.

There were no motors in those Victorian days.

My first personal and remembered lesson in homoeopathy was when I turned out the contents of several bottles of tiny sugar pills on to the tiled hall floor of my grandfathers house, where I was caught licking them up indiscriminately, playing at cows eating some fodder. The lesson learned then, and it is valuable to every mother, was that homoeopathic remedies are harmless if taken by mistake.

When I was sixteen and a half years of age I went to New Zealand, armed with many homoeopathic remedies, which I used with some measure of success. That was in 1878. I am now seventy-two and often pass for under sixty, thanks to Homoeopathy. Before leaving home my mother gave me a case of some fifty odd homoeopathic remedies and told me how to use them. Besides she gave me a second case of larger bottles of medicines for external uses and she coached me for weeks prior to my sailing. It was an interesting game, never to forgotten, and YOU CAN DO LIKEWISE.

During my life in New Zealand, living thirty miles away from a town, I was always being called on for some of my drops or pills, and you can understand my difficulties when I tell you that I practically never spoke to my patients. I did not know for whom I was prescriBing. The cases were generally of too delicate a nature. Therefore “consultation” with a boy of seventeen or 3eighteen was quite out of the question. Yet those people were satisfied. I “Prescribed” purely on the symptoms given to me at second-hand, having often to instruct people how to get hold of the particular symptoms peculiar to the unknown patients.

I shall never forget the steady run on my bottle of Pulsatilla, and how secretly, and with some misgiving, I refilled my half depleted bottle of this drug, fearing that I should destroy its efficacy. I had been taught how to “sucuss”, that is to shake hard and thoroughly, after adding my pure dispensing alcohol, with which I was well supplied.

I had been taught the Hahnemannian method of dilution and succussion and I probably shook all those bottles ten times the requisite pharmaceutical average, to make sure. However, the potency of any one drug I diluted was raised but a decimal point or two, though it seemed to me at that time a terrible lot.

I soon learned by actual experience that it was not the strength of the drug which cured, but its right selection, according to the homoeopathic law. The run on Pulsatilla was mostly for arrested menstruation of travellers and emigrants. Reports of cured patients spread my fame and made me bolder. successes made me a stronger homoeopath and I determined to become a homoeopathic doctor as soon as I saw my way clear. I studied homoeopathy as an interesting “game” ever since.

This work taught me and should teach my readers that if “disease symptoms”, however peculiar, are carefully matched with “drug symptoms”, as recorded in our precious books, CURE MUST ENSUE. TRY IT – as a game, and if you fear to try on your family, try it on the dog, cat, cow, or horse.

Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle
BIO: Dr. Ethelbert Petrie Hoyle 1861 – 1955 was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. He served as editor of the International Homeopathic Medical Directory and Travelling Secretary to the International Homeopathic Society.