Medical liberty: drugless healers confront allopathic doctors, 1910-1931

J Med Humanit. 2008 Dec;29(4):205-30. doi: 10.1007/s10912-008-9063-3.


Education, medicine and psychotherapeutics offer exemplary sites through which liberty and its dreams are realized. This article explores the social history of medical freedom and liberty in North America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The National League for Medical Freedom (NLMF) and the American Medical Liberty League (AMLL) offered fierce resistance to allopathic power. Allopatic liberties and rights to medical practice in asylums, clinics, courts, hospitals, prisons and schools were never certain. The politics of these liberties and rights represents a fascinating story that neither intellectual nor social historians have fully appreciated.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior*
  • Complementary Therapies / statistics & numerical data*
  • Freedom*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Medicine*
  • United States
  • Vaccination / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data