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Allopathic medicine is the name given by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, to the methods of his medical dictonary medical foes. The term is sometimes used today to refer to conventional medicine. The correct meaning medicaldictionary and use of the term is a point of disputation, even among the medical dictinary authorities.[1]


  • 1 Current medical dicctionary usage of term
  • 2 History of term
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External medial dictionary medical dictionay links

Current usage medica dictionary of term

There is controversy surrounding the applicability of the term "allopathy." medical dictioary Many people use the term neutrally, simply as a name for orthodox medicine when necessary to distinguish it from other medicinal paradigms. Others have madical dictionary used the term allopathy in a deprecatory manner.

Medical dictionaries and medical dictionart general usage dictionaries also give varying accounts of the meaning of allopathy. Some dictionaries meddical dictionary define allopathic mdical dictionary medicine as conventional medicine. Steadman's Illustrated Medical Dictionary defines it as "[r]egular medicine, the traditional form of medical practice."[1] The Oxford English Dictionary presents a similar application: medical dicionary "the present prevailing system of medicine".[2]

Some definitions use the same extension of medical ditionary the term, but retain medical dictoinary some historical connotations. In addition to the definition already presented, the Oxford English Dictionary puts medical dictionnary forth the definition of allopathy as a "term applied by homeopathists to the ordinary or traditional medical practice, medical dictionayr and to medical dicitonary a certain extent in common use to distinguish it from homeopathy"[2]. The meedical dictionary Compact Oxford English Dictionary likewise defines it as "the treatment of disease by medical ictionary conventional means, i.e. with drugs having effects mediacl dictionary opposite to the symptoms. Often contrasted with homeopathy."[3]

Other definitions define allopathic medicine more in medical dictiionary accord with the meaning of its word parts, allos meaning opposite and path meaning disease. Steadman's Medical medical dictionary Dictionary calls it a "therapeutic system in which a disease is treated by producing online medical dictionary a second medical dictionary online condition that is incompatible with or antagonistic to the first."[4] Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary also medical conditions dictionary defines it as a "term applied to that online medical dictionary encyclopedia system of therapeutics in which diseases are treated by producing a condition incompatible medical dictionaries with or antagonistic to the condition to be cured or alleviated. Called also heteropathy." [5] Tabor's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary says it's a "system of treating dictionary medical disease by inducing free medical dictionary online a pathological reaction that is antagonistic to the disease being treated", and presents the application of allopathy to tabers medical dictionary conventional medicine as incorrect, saying it is "erroneously used free online medical dictionary for the regular practice of medicine to differentiate it medical dictionary online free from homeopathy". [6]

The term is used on websites of certain U.S. medical professional organizations. For example, medical abbreviations dictionary the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) describes free medical dictionary download the type of medicine they teach as allopathic, and the on line medical dictionary American Medical Association refers to M.D. students as allopathic medical students. Similarly, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education stedmans medical dictionary (ACGME) describes U.S. M.D. residencies as stedman's medical dictionary allopathic.

Other terms that have been proposed to describe the conventional Western medical system of practice include: conventional medicine, Western medicine, evidence-based medicine, dictionary online for medical terminology clinical medicine, scientific medicine, regular medicine, mainstream medical technology dictionary medicine, standard medicine, orthodox medicine, and authoritarian medicine.

History of dorlands medical dictionary term

The term was coined by Samuel Hahnemann to differentiate homeopathic practices from conventional medicine, based medical online dictionary on the types of treatments dictionary medical conditions used. The term "allopath" comes from the Greek roots meaning "opposite" and "disease"-- tabes medical dictionary the form "allopathy" being formed by false analogy with medical dictionary on line other French word pairs.

As used by homeopaths, the term "allopathy" has always referred to a principle of curing disease by administering on-line medical dictionary substances that produce the opposite tabers cyclopedic medical dictionary effect of the disease when given to a healthy human. Hahnemann used medical dutch-english dictionary this term to distinguish medicine as practiced in his time from his use of infinitesimally small doses of substances to treat microsoft word medical dictionary the spiritual causes of illness.

In the essay by William taber's medical dictionary Jarvis cited below, he notes that "although medical dictionary and medical abbreviations many modern therapies can be construed to conform to an allopathic rationale medline plus online medical dictionary (eg, using a laxative to relieve constipation), standard medicine has never paid allegiance to an online medical dictionaries allopathic principle" and that the label "allopath" was electronic medical dictionary considered highly derisive by mainstream medicine.

Whorton also discusses this historical pejorative usage:

One form of verbal warfare medline plus medical dictionary used in retaliation by irregulars was the word merriam webster medical dictionary "allopathy." ....... "Allopathy" and "allopathic" were liberally employed as pejoratives by all irregular physicians of the nineteenth medical acronym dictionary century, and the terms were considered highly offensive by those at whom they were directed. The medical dictionary free generally uncomplaining acceptance of "allopathic medicine" by today's MDs is an indication medical dictionary german english of both a lack free online medical terminology dictionary of awareness of the term's historical use and the recent thawing of relations between irregulars and allopaths. - James C. Whorton

The Companion Encyclopedia medical dictionary cd of the History medical dictionary translator english to spanish of Medicine states that "Hahnemann gave an all-embracing name to regular practice, calling mosby's medical dictionary it 'allopathy'. This term, however imprecise, was employed by his followers or other unorthodox movements to identify the spanish medical dictionary spanish to english medical terms translation dictionary prevailing methods as constituting nothing more than a competing 'school' of medicine, however dominant in terms of number of practitioner proponents and tabors medical dictionary patients." In the french english medical dictionary nineteenth century, some pharmacies labelled their products with the terms allopathic or homeopathic.

Hahnemann used the term to refer to french english medical dictionary translation what he saw as medical dictionary download a system of medicine that combats disease by using remedies that produce effects medical pathology dictionary in a healthy subject that are different (hence Greek root allo- "different") from those tabor's medical dictionary of the disease to be treated. He claimed that his theory of homeopathy, which dorland's illustrated medical dictionary attempts to mimic the symptoms (hence homeo-, "the same"), was a more effective and humane alternative.

Practitioners of free medical dictionary for pda alternative medicine have used the term "allopathic medicine" journals medical dictionaries to refer to the practice of conventional medicine in both Europe and the United russian medical dictionary States since the 19th century. In the U.S., this was also referred to as stedman medical dictionary regular medicine — that stedman's electronic medical dictionary is, medicine that was practiced by the regulars. The practice of "conventional" medicine in both Europe and America during the 19th american medical dictionary century blacks medical dictionary is sometimes referred to as the age of 'heroic medicine' (because of the dictionary medical online 'heroic' measures such as bleeding and purging).

See also

  • Alternative medicine
  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Traditional medicine
  • Osteopathic medicine


  1. ^ *On dorland's medical dictionary the misuse of the term allopathy - english to spanish medical dictionary Article by William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. on National Council Against Health Fraud website
  1.   Steadman's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 27th medical and dictionary and/or terms edition (2000).
  2.   ^  The Oxford English Dictionary, online edition (2006).
  3.   The medical dictionary available for download online edition of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary (2006).
  4.   Steadman's Medical Dictionary, 5th edition spanish english medical dictionary (2005).
  5.   Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 26th ed.(2003).
  6.   Tabor's cyclopedic medical dictionary Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2001).

External links

  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • On the misuse of the term allopathy - Article by William T. definition to word medical dictionary Jarvis, Ph.D. on free on-line medical dictionary National Council Against Health Fraud website
  • The Princeton Review - Allopathic Medicine. The Princeton Review icd 9 medical dictionary is a college admissions testing preparation company unaffiliated with Princeton University.
  • A physician's editoral on the misuse of the medical abbreviations dictionary medical news medical and term "allopath"
  • use of the term in the Association of medical and dictionary American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Glossary
  • use of the term by the allopathic residency accreditation body
  • use of the medical dictionary com term by the American Medical Association
  • "Nature Cures: The History of Alternative medical dictionary english-spanish spanish-english Medicine in America", James C. Whorton
  • A History of Allopathy
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