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n.1.(Med.) An empirical system which assumes that the human body is composed of four elements, earth, air, fire, and water, and that vegetable medicines alone should be used; - from the founder, Dr. Samuel Thomson, of Massachusetts.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It was during this period that "eclectism," Thomsonianism, and homoeopathy, three rebel systems of medicine, made their bids for recognition.
And then there was Thomsonianism which was later assimilated by the Eclectics.
For example during the first movement, hydropathy (the water cure movement), homeopathy (the dilution system invented by Hahnemann), and botanical medicine (Thomsonianism) were popular, while the second phase produced Christian Science and New Thought in opposition to regular medicine.