william J BauerWilliam J. Bauer (1821 – 6 November 1886 ) was of Quaker parentage and since 1850 had practiced as an homeopath in  New York City.

William J Bauer of New York city, was born in Springborough, Warren county, O. ; his father, Isaac Bauer, belonging to the Society of Friends, of which Dr. Bauer is also a member.

After the completion of his education he went to New York, where he was for some time engaged in the stereotyping and publishing business, which he relinquished, and entered upon the study of medicine in the office of Drs. John Franklin Gray and Amos Gerald Hull.

He graduated from the New York Medical College (old school) in March, 1857. After receiving his diploma he became associated in practice with Drs. John Franklin Gray and Alton Graham Warner, continuing so until 1863, when he commenced by himself.

His practice is composed of a highly cultivated class, and is very extensive -in such degree that it has obliged him to decline all proffered honors of professional preferment.

In his medical views he is, although a believer in the law of homœopathy, independent and liberal, not hesitating to accept real truth on account of its source.

He is a member of various scientific societies, medical and otherwise, and his productions bespeak a quick, comprehensive mind and trenchant mode of expression.

In 1848, he married Martha H., daughter of Horace Fowler and sister to Drs. Edward Payson Fowler and A. L. Fowler-Ormsbee, and has now living one child, a promising boy of eleven years.

In personal appearance Dr. Bauer is a man about six feet in height, possessed of much presence and dignity, with a venerable looking head of white hair and beard, which surround a face still young and fresh. Nature has been liberal in moulding him to the ideal of his profession.

In 1887 Bauer was a posthumous signatory of a prohibition declaration by New York physicians who opposed alcohol as a beverage.

William J. Bauer died suddenly at his home on W. 476th Street, New York City in November, 1886.

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Allentown Homeopathic Academy. Image credit: Drexel Medical Archives

Adolphus Bauer M.D. (March 1806 – 13 October 1867) was born and educated in Germany. He emigrated to the United States where he became a convert to homeopathy and in August 1834 was one of the founders of the Homeopathic Society of Northampton and Counties Adjacent. The following year this group, including Bauer founded the North American Academy of Homoeopathic Medicine (aka the Allentown Academy) and were essentially responsible for the growth of homeopathy in the United States. At the first meeting of the Academy Council on 27 May 1835, Bauer was elected as Secretary of the Council, with Constantine Hering as President and John Romig the Vice-President.

Later, Adolphus Bauer practiced in Cincinnati and he contributed generously to many homeopathic journals. He was also an active prover of homeopathic remedies, using himself as a guinea pig. Adolphus Bauer was also a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy.


Grace Hospital, DetroitErnest William Bauer M.D. (28 January 1898 – 16 March 1970) (no apparent relation), one time resident physician at Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, was a graduate of the Medical Department of the University of Michigan. He was listed in the Directory of Homeopathic Physicians in 1925. Bauer was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, and practiced for over 45 years in Hazel Park and Berkley, Oakland County, Michigan. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Oakland, Wayne County and Michigan State Medical Societies. Both his sons, Bruce D. and E. William Bauer Jr., also became physicians.