For the second time this year my heart is heavy with having to say good bye to someone so precious and vital to the homeopathic community.
I arrived in Mexico yesterday to the tragic news that Dr. Peter Fisher died on his commute to work. According to newspapers he was participating in bike to work day (though I do believe he often commuted on his bicycle), and was hit by a truck (lorry). Dr. Peter Fisher was truly one of the great homeopaths of our time. He was one of the strongest voices speaking for the homeopathic community. You can read all about his work and contributions online. He gained fame for being Her Majesty the Queen’s physician, but he was truly much more than that. He was Editor in Chief of the Journal Homeopathy, the only peer-reviewed homeopathic journal to be indexed by PubMed. He was an advisor to the World Health Organization and sat on the Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine and chaired the homeopathic committee. He was the Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrative Medicine, previously known as the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. He was the President of the Faculty of Homeopathy. But resume aside he was a researcher, a father, a physician, and a beloved member of our community.
I first came across Dr. Fisher in a BBC documentary, around the time that my interest was first piqued in the subject. If I remember correctly, and my mind hasn’t made any of this up, I remember the documentary was about debunking alternative medicine practitioners. They interviewed what appeared to be a lot of very kooky people, and then came to Dr. Peter Fisher working at the hospital and seeing patients. After attempting to discredit homeopathy, we get a window into his rheumatology and homeopathic practice and see his patients saying that they’re feeling better. Peter Fisher never shied away from the media and the public eye. It seemed like he had no qualms about venturing into the lion’s den; by publicly debating Dr. Ben Goldacre a renowned skeptic, by participating in an interview for his Richard Dawkins’ documentary “The Enemies of Reason”