The history of homeopathy in the Russian Empire
until World War I, as compared with other European countries and the USA: similarities and discrepancies

by Alexander Kotok, M.D.
On-line version of the Ph.D. thesis improved and enlarged
due to a special grant of the Pierre Schmidt foundation.


I would like to thank cordially my tutor Prof. Samuel Kottek for his great patience and his six-year long continued dedication to this dissertation.

I could not have completed my thesis without generous financial support of Mr. Pinhas Green. The support of the Pierre Schmidt Foundation (France-Switzerland) headed by Dr. Jean-François Paille (Annecy, France) allowed me to significantly enlarge the final version of the thesis. The careful editorial work of Dr. Zalman Green contributed a great deal to my research and improved it considerably.

My special thanks go to Prof. Robert Jütte, Director of the Institute für Geschichte der Medizin, Robert Bosh Stiftung, Stuttgart, whose benevolent methodological explanations and advises on different topics related to my research were particularly important for me and have to be highly appreciated. I am deeply grateful to him also as the editor of "Medizin, Gesellschaft und Geschichte" who kindly allowed me to use my paper on homeopathy and the Russian Orthodox Church previously published in the journal, as a part of the thesis.

I should like to thank warmly also the staff of the Institute für Geschichte der Medizin for its great support I was receiving during my staying in Stuttgart in 1995 and 1997.

I would like to express my indebtedness to a number of people who have helped me while I was working on the current research. Dr. Tatyana Popova (Kiev, Ukraine) should be acknowledged for providing me with some important matters related to the history of homeopathy in Ukraine. I am grateful to the late Prof. Anatoly Katsnelbogen (Volgograd, Russia) whose kind explanations on several subjects were of certain importance for me. Mr. Peter Morrell (Stock-on-Trend, Britain) also gave a lot of especially useful advices.

And — last but by no means least! — I am deeply indebted to Mr. Sylvain Cazalet, whose thorough and merely perfectly done web-master's work allows the reader to read my thesis on one of the best world homeopathic Internet sites, namely Homéopathe International.

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