James Still – A Profile of Excellence (1812-1882)
I prefer to call this great man Dr. James Still due to the extreme circumstances of his life in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey that motivated him to self educate himself in the field of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Still had only six months of traditional training in a field of barbaric practice at the time (blood-letting, leech therapy, arsenic and mercury use before penicillin and of course the proliferation of heroin tablets for asthma). This set the stage for his use of natural compounds that he learned while very young from the local Native Americans in the then Washington Twnshp area “now Shamong” and using the raw materials that he grew on his own farm.
This great Ancestor tells his own story in his Autobiography “Early Recollections and Life of Dr. James Still”.
You’ll find many anecdotes and his formulas contained therein. His life as an indentured servant when he was given away by his Father to pay family debt is telling of his struggle and eventual successes despite racial discrimination and limited finances.
His is a story of unfettered zeal and determination.
The PDF of his book here: