Homeopathic Principles & Practice of Medicine
Homeopathic Journal :: Volume: 1, Issue: 4, May-Jun 2008 (Book Reviews) - from Homeorizon.com
|Article Updated: Sep 16, 2009|
Principles & Practice of Medicine is a handbook written by Drs. V.K.Chauhan and Meeta Gupta with an aim to meet the requirements of homeopathic medical students and practitioners.
The book is divided into 3 broad sections:
1. The first section deals with the Principles of Homeopathic Practice. Under this an account of different Homeopathic principles needed to understand evolution of disease, case taking, miasmatic states and ideal prescription have been explained.
2. The second section deals with the Current Biomedical Concepts of Medicines and their Diagnosis with Homeopathic Therapeutics. This section explains in a concise manner different symptom syndromes and diseases- their aetiology, clinical features, complications, investigations, miasmatic cleavage along with management and homeopathic therapeutics.
A separate section on Acute Emergency including poisoning has also been comprised under this section.
3. The last section deals with a brief outline of commonly used Homeopathic Medicines. In this section an attempt has been made to outline the picture of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies along with their therapeutic role.
This book also provides a basic and comprehensive approach to the treatment planning, which one must adapt in the very beginning of a given clinical situation. Through this book we learn to follow the three aims advocated by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in aphorism 3 of his Organon of Medicine, viz.
- Understanding the disease picture (in 2nd section of the book)
- Understanding the remedy picture (in 3rd section of the book) and
- Applying the remedy picture in disease picture for restoration of health (in 1st section of the book)
In the book, the authors also advise the need of referring patients to the concerned specialist in the cases which do not respond to our treatment or in surgical cases. It is also advocated that if the patient is concurrently taking allopath drugs along with homeopathic medicines, they should not be withdrawn without mutual discussion.
Moreover the book has been framed according the syllabus laid down by ‘The Central Council of Homeopathy’ for the undergraduate and postgraduate level of curriculum. So it would serve as an essential guide for the students in understanding the diseases along with its homeopathic approach.
The only improvement which would be more beneficial for the readers is that the authors may also include the indications of the remedies in the complaints listed. I hope that in the next editions of the book the authors would give it a thought.
But still I am sure that on going through this book everyone would accede that this book would soon join the repertories and Materia medica in every homeopath’s personal collection. A must keep on the table of every homeopath for frequent references.
- DR. A.K. Srivastava