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This series of six lectures is aimed at providing a basis for the specialist homœopathic practitioner to understand the history and development of Homœopathic Medicine – from Hahnemann’s reproducible observations of individual substance effects to the consequent general similars principle. These observations paved the way to a new and pure materia medica, devoid of conjecture & hypothesis, and his foundational pharmacography (Fragmenta, RA, CK).
The course details the history & development of repertory with particular focus on the Therapeutisches Taschenbuch (TT) of Bönninghausen (the creator of our Repertory as we know it), which is modelled upon Hahnemann’s clear pharmacographic structure (abstraction of symptoms), and further illustrates TT’s use with a variety of case exercises through our own modern English language translation The Bönninghausen Repertory, 2nd edition (TBR2). Each lecture provides plentiful and clear citation to sources in order to facilitate further investigation and studies beyond the lecture series.
- Review the history and development of homœopathic medicine
- Discuss the construction, accuracy and use of materia medica in clinical practice
- Explore the differentiation of typography to indicate certainty of information
- Cultivate a deep understanding of the elemental triad that leads to a complete symptom
- Review terms introduced to help define concepts of symptomarchy, complete symptom and complete case
- Synthesize this knowledge in order to apply it effectively in clinical practice
Part 1: Introduction (protologia) 2 hours
- Definition 15 minutes
- State of Medicine pre-Homœopathy 20 min
- Similars pre-Hahnemann 20 min
- Hahnemann pre-Similars 20 min
- Hahnemann’s development 20 min
- Homœopathy – birth as a methodical medical pursuit 25 min
- defined: identifying a substance or treatment as ‘homœopathic’
Description (session 1):
This first session simply defines Homœopathy before giving a historical account of Hahnemann’s development, from the time immediately before his realisation of similars as a natural therapeutic principle, through his experiments with substance effects and hi s announcement ofomoion as a general therapeutic principle – the birth of Homœopathy as a systematic medical pursuit.
- understand the history and development of homeopathic medicine
- understand the reproducible effects of individual substances
- understand the induction of general similars principle
Part 2: Pharmacography I 2 hours
- Definition 15 min
- characteristics (removing misconception)
- Substance effects 15 min
- toxicological (accidental, deliberate, iatrogenic) 30 min
- recruiting toxicology into our MM – example from Hahnemann 30 min
- methodical trials – Hahnemann’s provings; prover’s union; major works overview.
- Construction & development (Hahnemann’s 1º pharmacographies) 30 min
- abstraction & grouping (Hahnemann’s pharmacographic schema)
Description (session 2):
This second session focuses on the development of Hahnemann’s pharmacography (MM) – how he recruited toxicological reports into his developing materia medica, with an example from early ‘old-school’ records, and follows this development from Fragmenta into his second edition CK (Chronic Diseases), showing the construction, accuracy, and intended use for the clinician. We evidence Hahnemann’s attention to detail, unmatched elsewhere, and his assigning of observation certainty for the information therein contained. The term characteristic is properly defined, removing the misconceptions of the PQRS acronym. Hahnemann’s use of abstraction and re-grouping in the arrangement of symptoms (his pharmacographic schema) is also illustrated and its distinct advantages discussed.
- understand the use of toxicological reports in development of materia medica
- understand construction, accuracy and use of materia medica in clinical practice
- understand definition and use of term “characteristic:
- understand “abstraction” and “re-grouping” in arrangement of symptoms in materia medica
Part 3. Pharmacography II 2 hours
- 1º & 2º effects (symptom sequencing) 30 min
- biphasic dose response curve
- low-dose response curve
- Certainty indexing (grading in pharmacography) 40 min
- Other 1º pharmacographies 20 min
- Non-primary pharmacographies 30 min
- uncertainties of interpretation
Description (session 3):
This third session discusses the greatly misunderstood concept of 1º & 2º symptoms and the importance of time-sequence of symptoms, with an example of its use. We also discuss Hahnemann’s the use of differentiating typography to indicate certainty of information, and highlight the problems with relying upon non-primary pharmacographic works.
- understand the difference between 1º & 2º symptoms
- understand the time-sequence of symptoms
- understand differentiation of typography to indicate certainty of information
- understand the difference between pharmacographic works and which are the best to use
Part 4. Repertography I 2 hours
- Definition 15 min
- History of Repertory (tables & indices) 30 min
- the unhappy repertographer
- the perfect repertographer
- Bönninghausen’s TFR (SRA + SRN) 30 min
- indicating certainty (grading within repertory)
- the method basis for all repertoria – except one
- Therapeutisches Taschenbuch [TT] 30 min
- symptom ‘definition’
- the ‘complete’ symptom triad (CoLoMo)
- simple case example 15 min
Description (session 4):
In this session we provide a history of repertory, beginning with basic indices & tabulations, through to Bönninghausen’s TFR as the foundation for all modern repertories, and then extending into Bönninghausen’s last and most perfected repertorial model – theTherapeutisches Taschenbuch (TT 1846), illustrating that its unique construction models that of Hahnemann’s pharmacographic schema. We illustrate the concept of the ‘complete symptom’ element triad and provide a short case example to illustrate its application.
- understand repertory history
- understand complete symptom
- understand the elemental triad that leads to a complete symptom
Part 5. Repertography II 2 hours
- Bönninghausen’s TT 30 min
- The Bönninghausen Repertory [TBR2] 30 min
- The ‘complete’ symptom – completion by analogy 30 min
- The ‘complete case’ – concomitants 30 min
- two case examples
Description (session 5):
In this session we discuss the errors introduced into post-Bönninghausen editions of TT (French: Roth, Laurie; English: [Hempel, Okie, Allen]; and German [Fries]) and therefrom the need for the new English language edition (TBR2), illustrating the painstaking process of editing & correction, and rubric exegesis, always with full reference to original sources. We discuss terms introduced to help define concepts of symptomarchy, complete symptom and complete case, before providing a couple of illustrative cases to highlight the significance and use of concomitants.
- understand errors introduced into post-Bönninghausen editions
- understand terms introduced to help define concepts of symptomarchy, complete symptom and complete case
- understand illustrative cases to highlight the significance and use of concomitants
Part 6. The Theory of Chronic Disease according to Hahnemann 2 hours
Case discussions – 15 – 20 min each as time allows for a total of 2 hours. Includes case presentation followed by case discussion.
In this final session we provide an introduction to Hahnemann’s theory of chronic disease, of how and why Hahnemann conceives and develops this model, and of its real-time modern applicability. We dispell the mis-definitions and myths so commonly associated with this model, and provide a couple of case examples to illustrate its use in the clinical setting.
- Understand how all information provided in parts 1-5 are synthesized and applied in clinical practice.