Biography of Dr. William E. Payne
Sagadahoc County, Maine Biographies





Dr. William E. Payne. - The first introduction into Bath of the homoeopathic system was by a foreigner by the name of Blazinski, who remained in town a short time. He was a Polander, and invited all the doctors to a private lecture on the Hannamann system, and some, if not all, of them attended, among whom was Dr. William E. Payne, who was a graduate of the regular school and a new comer to Bath. He undertook experiments with it, which resulted in his adopting its practice in about 1840, and, after a hard experience, succeeded in its introduction; undoubtedly his pleasing personality having considerable to do with his success. He was aided in this by a novel way of advertising. Samuel Anderson was trying to introduce, at the same time, the " Thomsonian system" of " purely vegetable " remedies, and they united in a newspaper battle upon the respective merits of the two systems. It attracted attention and brought them business. In 1851 or 1852 Dr. Jotham Young came to Bath and commenced practice in this mode of treatment; remained about two years. No practitioner of that persuasion could successfully compete with Doctor Payne.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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