George Vithoulkas was born in Athens in 1932. He started studying homeopathy in South Africa in 1960 and he continued in India in different homeopathic colleges, receiving a diploma from the Indian Institute of Homeopathy in 1966.
Returning to Greece the following year, Vithoulkas started practising homeopathy and teaching it to a small group of Greek medical doctors. The therapeutic success of these first doctors so attracted the attention of others that the Athenian School of Homeopathic Medicine was established in 1970. The school, since re-named the Center of Homeopathic Medicine, is devoted exclusively to the teaching of MDs. In 1971, the first Greek Homeopathic Society was established and a year later Vithoulkas started the Greek journal, Homeopathic Medicine. In 1976 he organised the first International Homeopathic Seminars in Greece. Since then, international seminars have been held every year, attended by health professionals from at least 20 countries.
In 1994, Vithoulkas opened the International Academy for Classical Homeopathy on the Greek island of Alonissos, its purpose being to provide post-graduate training for health practitioners from all over the world. Currently, as the Director of the Athens Center, Vithoulkas heads a team of 30 doctors who practise homeopathy while they study under his supervision. He has established homeopathy in Greece as a science respected by the medical profession, and has also made his country one of the leading centres for homeopathy in the western world.
Vithoulkas' books, Homeopathy: Medicine of the New Man (Arco, New York, 1979), written for lay people, and The Science of Homeopathy (Grove Press, New York, 1980), for health professionals, have been translated into twenty languages and have had a profound influence upon the acceptance and practice of homeopathy worldwide. His book A New Model for Health and Disease, published in German and English in 1991, makes a fundamental critique of conventional allopathic medicine and sets out a new paradigm for the science of medicine.
George Vithoulkas' overall vision is the establishment of homeopathy on a worldwide basis. A major goal in this vision is the foundation of homeopathic medical colleges in the USA and Europe where homeopathy can be taught at the highest level. A major production has been the Vithoulkas Expert System computer programme and a series of video courses made from his lectures. The computer programme has sold over 1,000 copies and has brought classical homeopathy within the reach of ordinary homeopathy students.
At present Vithoulkas is writing a new homeopathic Materia Medica Viva, in 16 volumes, including the contemporary knowledge and his own experience from the more than 150,000 cases treated at the Center in Athens. The first six volumes have been published in German and translation into English is planned. Vithoulkas also continues to teach, both in Greece and internationally.
As the practice of homeopathy becomes more widespread in many countries, Vithoulkas is seen to have made a major contribution to its establishment as a science that can substantially benefit human health and welfare.