John Mason Galloway M.D. (11 June 1826 – 3 April 1901) was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become House Surgeon at the Manchester Homeopathic Hospital, Surgeon at the Birmingham Homeopathic Hospital, Medical Officer at the Wigan Homeopathic Dispensary, a member of the Northern Homeopathic Medical Association, Secretary to the 1857 Homeopathic Congress in Birmingham, and Honorary Secretary to the Manchester Homeopathic Medico Chirurgical Society.
Galloway was a colleague of Francis Black, William Vallancy Drury, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, George Fearon, William Adam Kennedy, George Stevenson Knowles, Thomas Lowther Mathews, Phillips, Alfred Crosby Pope, Thomas Eadie Purdom, George Wyld and others.
John Mason Galloway was born in London in 1826 to Non-Conformist John Galloway (1801 – 1880) and Maria Mason (1799 – 1880). He was married to German-born Louisa Dorothea Johanna Hildebrand (c.1826 – 1908).
In 1852 Galloway received his M.D. from the University of Edinburgh.
In 1855, Galloway was charged over the death of an infant, Thomas Alexander, who he had treated homeopathically for presumed measles with bryonia and mercurius. An allopath had ‘deliberately misheard’ that the mercurius was in homeopathic potency and brought charges of death by mercury poisoning! The case was dismissed from Court, but The Lancet nonetheless featured the case in one of its frequent attacks on homeopathy.
During his career Galloway practiced in Manchester at 25, New Bridge Street, Strangeways and 93 Grosvenor Street, Cholton-on-Medlock, in Wigan at King Street, at 17 Spring Terrace, North Shields, in Darlington, Sunderland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and in South Shields.
Galloway translated Gottlieb Heinrich Georg Jahr‘s On Mental Diseases in 1857, and he submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications during his career.
After retirement John Mason Galloway moved to “Brightside,” 8 Branksome Terrace, Bournemouth, where he died in April 1901.
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