Author of:
"Criticisms of the Practice of Medicine"
"Cholera Infantum,"
"Typhoid Fever"
"Diseases Of Women and Easy Childbirth"
"Gonorrhea and Syphilis"
"Care of Children,"
"Impaired Health" - Vols. I and II
"Food" - Vols. I and II.

Dr. John Henry Tilden, MD the son of a physician, was born in Van Burenburg, Illinois, on January 21, 1851. He received his medical education at the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, a Medical School founded in 1830 as a protest against the allopathic and homeopathic schools of medicine of that time.

He was graduated in 1872, with the degree of doctor of medicine. From the best information we can obtain, his father was Dr. Joseph G. Tilden, who came from Vermont in 1837 to Kentucky, in which State he married.

Dr. John Henry Tilden, MD started the practice of medicine at Nokomis, Illinois, then for a year at St. Louis, Missouri, and then at Litchfield, Illinois, until 1890, when he moved to Denver, Colorado.

In Denver he located in the downtown business section, in an office with other doctors. Later he established a Sanitarium in an outer section of the city. This sanitarium and school he conducted until 1924, when he sold the Institution, for about half of what he had plowed back into its development, to a Dr. Arthur Voss of Cincinnati, Ohio, intending to devote himself to writing and lecturing.

However, he soon became discontented without his school and after a period he bought two residences on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Denver, united them into one and opened a new sanitarium and school, having to borrow from a friend a part of the money with which to make the purchases. This probably was in 1926. This school continued until the Doctor's death, on September 1, 1940.

It was during the early years of his practice in Illinois, that Dr. Tilden began to question the use of medicine to cure illness. His extensive reading, especially of medical studies from European medical schools, and his own thinking, led him to the conclusion that there should be some way to live so as not to build disease, and in this period his thoughts on toxemia began to formulate and materially develop.

From the beginning of his practice in Denver, the Doctor used no medicine but practiced his theory of clearing the body of toxic poison and then allowing nature to make the cure, teaching his patients how to live so as not to create a toxic condition and to retain a healthy body free of disease. An uncompromising realist and a strict disciplinarian, the Doctor wasted no time on those who would not relinquish degenerating habits, but to his patients and disciples he was both friend and mentor.

In 1900 he began the publication of a monthly magazine called "The Stuffed Club," which continued until 1915, when he changed the name to "The Philosophy of Health," and in 1926 the name was changed to "Health Review and Critique." His writing for his publication was almost entirely done in the early morning hours, from three until seven. The purpose of the publication was not to make money but to spread knowledge of the Doctor's teachings.

In time it attained a wide circulation, not only in this country but also abroad, even in Australia, but it never produced revenue, for the Doctor refused to make it an advertising medium, as often urged to do by advertising firms. As his death revealed, after sixty-eight years of practice, the Doctor had accumulated only an exceedingly modest estate.

His life was pre-eminently one of self-sacrifice and of devotion to service, searching after truth, with an indomitable will and with an intense fortitude to adhere to the truth when discovered. In his day the Doctor's thoughts received no support from the established medical profession but brought the strongest of opposition and condemnation.

Frederic N. Gilbert


Portrait And Biographical Album of Sedgwick County, Kan.

Chapman Brothers 1888

Pages 371 - 372 

John Henry Tilden, M.D., an eminent physician of Wichita, residing at No. 255 North Main street, located here Sept. 1, 1886, and immediately established himself in his profession as a general practitioner, though he makes a specialty of surgery. At this writing he has been in the State less than two years, and without doubt has performed more capital operations, such as laparotomy for tumours of kidneys, ovaries, uterus, etc., etc., also for stone, and others of less character, than perhaps any or all the physicians in the State. 

Dr. J. G. Tilden, our subject's father, was a native of Vermont. He received an exceptionally fine education in the schools of his native State, and was graduated when quite young from the University of Norwich, Vt., after which he taught school and read medicine. Subsequently he attended medical lectures in Castleton and Woodstock, that State. Two years later he was graduated from the medical department at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., where he was afterward employed as instructor in chemistry.

In 1841 he removed to Highland, Ill., where he practiced medicine and taught school. Two years later he went to Vanburenburg, in that State, and opened a drug store. There he successfully carried on his profession in connection with the drug business for several years. In 1871 he made another change of residence, moving to Raymond, Ill., where he made his home until his death, which occurred Dec. 8, 1887, at the advanced age of seventy-seven years, six months and nineteen days.

He was one of the first practicing physicians of the Prairie State, locating there when the country was rough and sparsely settled. His practice extended many miles, his journeys being performed on horseback over the broad prairies and swampy lands of Illinois. For many years Dr. J.G. Tilden was a faithful and honoured member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. During his long practice he made many warm and life-long friends, and was the beloved physician and counsellor in many a household.

At his death he left an aged wife and six children, all grown to maturity, to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. His wife, Ann W. (Hill) Tilden, was born in Illinois in 1819. Her parents were among the early settlers of Montgomery County, Ill., going there from Kentucky. The names of the six children of the late Dr. J.G. Tilden are as follows: Joseph, John H., Scott S., Seth H., Ruth E. and George A. Joseph lives in Mississippi; Scott is a druggist, of Raymond, Ill.; Seth is a medical student in Raymond; Ruth is the wife of H.C. Coleman, a commission merchant of St. Louis, Mo.; George is a clerk in his brother Scott's drug store. 

Dr. John Henry Tilden, the subject of this sketch, was born in Montgomery County, Ill., Jan. 21, 1851. He received his early education in the public schools of Litchfield, and as soon as old enough commenced the study of medicine under the supervision of his father, and at the age of seventeen had perused several medical works. In September, 1868, he entered the office of Dr. J. Fellows, of Nokomis, Ill., and pursued his studies with him for two years. He then matriculated at the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, and was graduated from there May 21, 1872.

After receiving his diploma he commenced the practice of medicine at Nokomis, and continued there eight years, in the meantime, in the spring of 1877, taking a post-graduate course in the American Medical College at St. Louis, Mo. In 1879 Dr. Tilden left Nokomis for St. Louis, to assume a position as one of the faculty of the college there, where he was engaged for two years as lecturer in anatomy and physiology.

In 1881 he removed to Litchfield, Ill., where he formed a partnership with Dr. R. F. Bennett, and they built up a very large practice. The following year the partnership was dissolved, and Dr. Tilden continued practicing there the ensuing four years, and established a fine reputation. In June, 1882, he was elected Adjunct Professor of Anatomy in the college at St. Louis, where he had previously taught, and that position he still retains.

In 1886 the subject of our sketch removed to Wichita, where he has a large and lucrative practice. His thorough knowledge of medicine, and skill in surgery, have won for him the confidence of the people to such an extent that, although comparatively a new-comer of this city, his success is already an assured fact. 

Dr. Tilden was married, in 1873, to Miss Rebecca Maddux, a native of Hillsboro, Ill., and daughter of Nathaniel Maddux. The Doctor and his wife have had two children, one living, a daughter, Edna, born in 1876; she is a brilliant and promising scholar, pursuing her studies at Lewis Academy. The child deceased, Elsie, was born in 1878, and died in 1884. Our subject is a prominent member of the National Eclectic Medical Society, and also of the State Medical Society, of Illinois. In politics he is stanch Republican.



Dr George Stephen Weger, MD  (1875-1935)
School: Harvard & John Hopkins
Spouse: Katie T Weger
Birth: 2 September 1874
Residence:  San Bernardino, California
Cause of death: Dr. George S. Weger Heart Attack on the 16 January 1935

Dr. George Weger, A medical Doctor
By Dr Bernard Jensen

Dr. George Weger, A medical Doctor Who gave up medical procedures in order to use natural methods, at one time taught Dr. Jensen a most valuable lesson. At the beginning of my practice Dr. Jensen says “I brought a machine that was supposed to cure many ailments.  It had dials for tuning in on a disease, and could build a vibratory rate which was supposed to destroy the disease. When it was sent back into the body.  Enthusiastically I explained this machine to Dr. Uighur. His reply was a simple one. "I wonder, son "he said" how you would cure a bad habit with that machine .

I never used the machine after that remark was made to me. I learned through his kindly question that the greatest treatment a doctor can give any patient is health education, teaching simple lessons in how to live, and for thus preventing disease in the first place.” - Dr. Jensen's “You Can Master Disease” page 171

Dr. George S. Weger, MD (Harvard), who wrote our famous book, ( Dietetic ... Mrs. Weger regained her health and started a Health School at Redlands, California. And later wrote the didactic book the Genesis of Disease.

Weger Health School
had the following written in all postcards in 1920

“Educational treatment conforming to the most advanced and universally accepted of modern conceptions of impaired health and its invariable foundation - Toxemia and Enervation”


Health Lessons Compiled For Student-Patients At Weger Health School Redlands, California By George S. Weger M.D.

The Genesis and Control of Disease By George S. Weger

Kitchen Companion By George Weger

Dr. J.H. TILDEN, M.D. & Dr. Weger
By Goddard E. Diamond in “The Secret of Long Life: Or How to Live in Three Centuries”, page 100

“Dr. Tilden gave up surgery after twenty-five years of practice and used only natural methods of healing the sick.

Thousands of patients flocked to this marvellous doctor from all over the world to his sanitarium in Denver, Colorado.

Medical Doctors as well as the layman came to him for treatment.

Dr. George S. Weger (Harvard), who wrote our famous book, “Dietetic Disappointments And Failures”, brought his wife who was stricken with arthritis to Dr. Tilden.

Mrs. Weger regained her health and started a Health School at Redlands, California.

He later wrote the unique volume, “The Genesis of Disease”. Dr. Tilden threw himself heart and soul into the promulgation of the nature-cure movement. His influence was felt worldwide and in nearly any book on natural hygiene—you will find the quotations from his rare volumes.”


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