Research 1 Herb
by William Cook, MD, 1869
Cook's classic Physiomedicalist Dispensatory is a reflection of the pinnacle of ninteenth century North American herbalism as it evolved from a blending of Native American herbalism and European household medicine, through the vitalist underpinnings, codification, and popularization of Thomsonian herbalism, and finally to its elevation to a coherent system of medicine with a materia medica of more than 500 plants in Physiomedicalism. Cook was one of the last great American herbal doctors who mastered the arts of both clinical herbalism and herbal pharmacy. After the 1860s, physicians of the other schools began relying on pharmaceutical companies for their medicines rather than making the medicines themselves. By the 1920's many Eclectic physicians had never seen the original plant material many of their medicines were made from. Cook's mastery is reflected in the equal balance in his monographs on botany, clinical use, and pharmacy.