John Pattison had over thirteen years and 4000 cases of cancer to report on when he began to publish his research in 1866.
John Pattison claimed to have been the first person who used hydrastis in the treatment of cancer as early as 1852. Both he and William Bayes had been working with this new remedy, and he was happy to instruct homeopaths as to the use of his ‘paste’ consistin of hydrastis mixed with chloride of lime). However, an undignified spat did break out in the homeopathic community in 1866 over this issue, when his students Robert MacLimont and Charles Henry Marston (erroneously named as Marsden in several accounts) wrote an article which did not acknowledge John Pattison’s work in this area sufficiently. A follow up article in the homeopathic press apologised for this oversight.
Pattison was born in Glasgow in April 1818 to merchant Matthew Moncreiff Pattison (1789 – 1857) and his wife Rebecca Monteith (1796 – 1829).
Pattison obtained his M.D. from New York University in 1843.
He was a fellow of the London Microscopical Society.
In October 1844 Pattison married New Yorker Maria Colden Hoffman (1813 – 1887). They had two children, Matthew Moncrieff Pattison M.D. (1846 – 1884) and Edward Seton Pattison LRCP [Edin.] (1856 – 1924).
John Pattison was a colleague of William Bayes, William H Burt, D A Colton, A M Cushing, Carroll Dunham, J Weldon Fell, E J Fraser, Edwin Moses Hale, Bernhard Hirschel, William Henry Holcombe, Joseph Hooper, Temple S Hoyne, Henry R Madden, C. H. Marson, John Meyhoffer, George Lennox Moore, William Morgan, Edward Harris Ruddock, Edward Barton Shuldham, James John Garth Wilkinson, and many others.
John Pattison practiced in London in the mid-1800’s. Early in his career, he used the bloodroot (Sanguinaria) paste that has been widely reported in medical literature since the first studies were conducted at Middlesex Hospital by J. Weldon Fell, a contemporary of John Pattison.
J. Weldon Fell’s work has been peer reviewed for almost 150 years. Frederic E. Mohs does not mention either J. Weldon Fell or John Pattison in his work, but Frederic E. Mohs microsurgery uses a similar paste (not identical) and a variation of the J. Weldon Fell method.
John Pattison advocated the use of hamamelis in dysmenorroea, and Sanguinaria for the treatment of cancer and wrote widely on the subject. His 1866 book Cancer: It’s Nature and Successful and Comparatively Painless Treatment extolled the virtue of homeopathic remedies.
In June 1869 Pattison was struck off the register by the General Medical Council over a spurious breach of professional protocol. In July 1871 Pattison petitioned to be restored to the register but the GMC committee, all orthodox medical men, refused to reverse their decision.
- Remarks on lupus, acne and sycosis with the remedy authorised by the medical profession: also, remarks on a safer and more certain remedy (1853)
- Cases of cancer, lupus, and ulcers, treated with dr. Pattison’s new remedy (1854)
- Preface to seventh thousand of cases of cancer … treated with Dr. Pattison’s new remedy (1854)
- Cancer: its true nature, treatment, & cure (1855)
- An answer to the lecture delivered by T. Spencer Wells on cancer curers and cancer cures (1857)
- The old methods of treating cancer compared with the new (1857)
- A second appendix to the successful treatment of cancer (1859)
- A Short Practical Treatise on Cancer; and on the best means for its removal and relief; without the usual operation by the knife. (1861)
- Remarks on Some Diseases of the Breast and of the Womb; With What to Avoid and What to Do (1861)
- Cancer: it’s nature and successful and comparatively painless treatment without the usual operation of the knife (1866)
- Fistula in ano: a new and successful treatment, without the knife or ligature (1866)
- Diseases peculiar to women, with a new treatment for the same (1869)
- Tumours: their nature and treatment: by new remedies, and by operations (1869)
- The only successful and rational treatment of cancer yet known (1870)
- A short practical treatise on cancer and on the best means for its removal and relief: without the usual operation by the knife.
Matthew Moncrieff Pattison M.D. (1846 – 1884) was the son of John Pattison. He died in Brooklyn, New York, in April 1884.