Edward C. Whitmont, 1912-1998

On September 21, 1998, the world lost a true friend and wonderful spirit. Dr. Edward C. Whitmont was a homeopath, MD, and psychotherapist, who integrated the practice of homeopathy and Jungian psychology for over 50 years. He was known throughout the homeopathic community as a sage, as an amazing intellect, and as a kind and gentle soul.

Dr. Whitmont studied homeopathy with Elizabeth Wright-Hubbard, and taught homeopathy at the postgraduate medical school of the American Foundation for Homeopathy. As a result of his interest in analytical psychology, he met Carl Jung, and eventually went on to become one of the founding members of the C. G. Jung Institute in New York City.

He wrote a number of books, but the two most familiar to homeopaths are Psyche and Substance and The Alchemy of Healing: Psyche and Soma. I’ve heard numerous homeopaths describe both books as the most profound writings they have yet encountered on homeopathy and healing.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Whitmont on two occasions. The first was at an American Institute of Homeopathy meeting in New York in April, 1994. It is a source of great delight to me that a group photo was taken at this event, and I was standing by the great Dr. Whitmont. The other occasion was at a three-day seminar given by Dr. Whitmont in Peru, Vermont, in September, 1997, where he, in his gentle, quiet, and humble way, totally amazed the attendees with his almost magical work with clients in interpreting their dreams, and then relating this to homeopathic remedies.

Dr. Whitmont’s humility, intelligence, and never-ending search for truth in meaning are greatly missed in the homeopathic community.

-Virginia Downey, CCH, DIHom(Pract.)

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