Bedside Clinical Prescribing in Homeopathy

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I have been a fan of Farok Master’s books since…forever, therefore, for readers in a hurry, I would say “if he wrote it, you should read it”.

This book should be renamed “Tips and Tricks from my clinical experience”. More or less structured along the lines of the repertories sections with more modern clinical headings like Gastrointestinal tract and Abdomen, Cardiovascular system and Blood, Nervous system, Endocrine system, ending with Generalities, Miscellaneous Tips and Tips for animals and Plants, each section consist of three parts:

  • The Repertory, with rubrics and a limited choice of remedies, obviously those that Dr. Master has used and have been useful
  • Remedy hints where some remedies are examined specifically for pathologies in the organ or system under review while some presentations are analysed with a differentiation about remedies, like for example “Eczema from Suppression” or “Climacteric Ailments”
  • Comparisons: some clinical situations are reviewed and their remedies compared and discussed

Some cases are succinctly presented and discussed, but not in every section.

One has to remember that this is a snapshot of Dr. Master’s practice, not an exhaustive analysis of all the possible available rubrics and possible remedies in all pathologies found in Textbooks of Medicine.

I found a few weird rubrics: Mind, atheistic…really? Is that a pathology? Since when does a practitioner impose his own philosophical, religious or political views as being healthy and the rest an image of disease?

There are some inconsistencies too. Although we do not expect all the possible remedies for all pathologies to be included, certainly those quoted (and therefore probably used) should be reflected in all parts. For example, the remedy Naja is discussed in the Mind rubrics and quoted as an almost specific for heart valve pathology, yet it does not figure in the repertory for Cardiovascular diseases (and specifically under Valves) but is again discussed under the Remedies in that same chapter. Some omissions are strange: Silica is quoted for scars but the widely used Thiosinaminum is not: was it never used or forgotten? Is it not recommended by the author?

Those small problems make this book a confirmatory tool to consult after a full repertorisation, or a tool for finding specific indications for some remedies in specific pathologies when nothing seems obvious or clear cut instead of being the first to go to in a busy practice setting. But that does not mean it should be shunned or neglected, on the contrary, as we have here a clear insight in the author prescribing genius.

Highly recommended to every student and practitioner.

 

Dr. J. Rozencwajg, NMD

New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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Doctor Joseph Rozencwajg, MD, PhD, NMD, HMD, DO, OMD, DAcup, DIHom, DHerbMed, DNutr, HbT, FBIH, RCHom, MNZIA, MNZAMH, MNNZ, MNZSN. Born in Brussels, Belgium, March 14, 1951 Medical School Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, graduated 1976 Specialty in General Surgery: 2 years at Soroka Medical Center, Beersheva, Israel 4 years various hospitals in Belgium Belgian Specialist Surgeon 1982 Specialty in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Diploma in Acupuncture, ABMA (Belgian School of Acupuncture for MDs) Member of the NZ Institute of Acupuncture Member of the NZ Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Society (Registered Acupuncturist) Member of the NZ Chi-Kung and TCM Association Certificate from the China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences (Acupuncture and TCM, MEDBOO course) Oriental Medicine Doctor (OMD) Specialist in Homeopathy: British Institute of Homeopathy, Diploma, Post Graduate And Fellowship Institut Homéopathique Scientifique, Paris Israel Medical College of Homeopathy Westbrook University, Aztec, New Mexico, USA Diploma in Homotoxicology PhD in Homeopathy, Westbrook University RCHom New Zealand Specialist in Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine): The School of Phytotherapy, UK Member of the NZ Association of Medical Herbalists Diploma in Nutrition: the International Academy of Nutrition, Australia Diploma in Applied Clinical Nutrition (USA) Fellow of the American College of Applied Clinical Nutritionists Diploma in Homeobotanical Therapy, Australia Post-Graduate Diploma of Dynamic Phytotherapy Doctor in Naturopathy (UNM/YINS) PhD in Natural Health Sciences (UNM/YINS) Doctor in Oriental Medicine (OMD, Calamus International University) Doctorate in Osteopathy (Drugless) (D.O.) Permanent student in Ortho-Bionomy Student in Cranio-Sacral Therapy Student in Visceral Manipulation Advanced Dorn Method Practitioner Miscellaneous: Auriculotherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Iridology, Reiki Master (Usui), MPRUE Great GrandMaster Practitioner and Instructor in Tai Chi and Qigong. Former Lecturer in Medical Diagnostics at the Faculty of Chiropractics and Homeopathy, Technikon Natal, Durban, South Africa. Former Lecturer in Homeopathy at the Israeli Medical College of Homeopathy. Former Tutor with the British Institute of Homeopathy (Homeopathy, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Diagnostics and Nutrition) Professor of Natural Medicine at Calamus International University Publications: - Dynamic Gemmotherapy. Integrative Embryonic Phytotherapy. - Organotherapy, Drainage and Detoxification. - Removing the guesswork from potency selection: the Fibonacci Potencies series (paper). - The Fibonacci Series: update, discussion and conclusions (paper). - The Potency. Advanced prescribing in homeopathy: the Fibonacci Series. - Third Millennium Homeopathy - Homeopathy and Mental Health Care: Chapter 16 of this Anthology - Homeopathy through the Chinese looking glass: Homeosiniatry revisited - Elementary Nutrition for Homeopaths - Elementary Human Nutrition for Health Practitioners Non-Medical qualifications: Diploma of Creative Writing from the NZ Institute of Business Studies. Certificate in Mauri Ora (Maori studies) from Te Wananga O Aoteaora First Dan Black Belt Aikido Second Dan Black Belt Karate Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong Practitioner Yoga Student/Practitioner

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