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Principles and Practice of Homeopathy


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Section I. Foundation. 1. What is Health? 2. Provings. 3. The Homeopathic Consultation. 4. Assessing the Homeopathic Case. 5. Introduction to Prescribing. Section II. Causation and the Presenting Symptoms. 6. The Symptom, Susceptibility and Hierarchy. 7. The Materia Medica. 8. Taking the Case. 9. Local Prescribing and Reportorisation. 10. Managing Different Types of Cases. Section III. Totality and Constitution. 11. Holism and Understanding Complex Cases. 12. Dynamic Materia Medica. 13. Receiving the Case. 14. Reaching Towards the Totality. 15. Managing Complex Cases. Section IV. Broadening our Understanding. 16. The Second Prescription. 17. The Chronic Miasms. 18. Veterinary Prescribing. 19. Homeopathic Computer Programs. 20. Homeopathic Pharmacy. Section V. Deepening our Approach. 21. Signatures. 22. A Journey of Discovery into Kingdoms, Families and Miasms. 23. The Homeopathic Relationship. 24. Homeopathic Research. 25. The Therapeutic Encounter and Supervisory Relationship. Section VI. Confused and hidden Cases. 26. Holographic and Relational Models of Health. 27. Emotional and Living Materia Medica. 28. Understanding the Dynamic of Confused and Hidden Cases. 29. Approaches to Treating Confused and Hidden Cases. 30. Managing the Bigger Picture.

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About the Author

David Owen, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, FFHom, has been practicing medicine and integrated complementary and alternative medicine for 30 years. He currently practices homeopathy at The Natural Practice in Winchester, Hampshire, UK, which he founded in 1982, and he is a past president of the Faculty of Homeopathy. He is the Founder of the Homeopathic Practitioners Teaching Group (HPTG) and is a Principle Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Southampton University Medical School.


At last, the first comprehensive modern homeopathy textbook in English since Herbert Roberts in 1936 and George Vithoulkas in 1978, and it surpasses them both. Despite being a textbook it is exciting and innovative with time and space for reflection and personal growth. The inspired choice of authors for some of the chapters (Sherr, Norland and Curtin, for example) crosses boundaries and enlivens the discussions. Read this and your practical understanding of the theories of homeopathy will grow. It is equally suitable for experienced medical and professional homeopaths, and for students on all qualification courses. -- Francis Treuherz MA RSHom FSHom, Registered Homeopath, Homeopathic Private Practitioner, London and Letchworth, UK
A tour de force, from basic homeopathy, through practical application to the more esoteric boundaries of holistic thought. Something for everyone. David Owen's style of interactive teaching is reflected in this comprehensive work - if you want to be both educated and challenged to broaden your horizons, then read this book. -- John Saxton BVet Med VetFFHom Cert. IAVH, MRCVS President, Faculty of Homeopathy, Homeopathic teacher, author and veterinary homeopathic referral practitioner, UK

One of the confusing aspects of homeopathic practice has been the apparently random focus of different prescribers on varying aspects of a particular case. David Owen presents a theoretical background from within which to understand and work with this phenomenon. From the outset he makes it clear that this book should bring the reader to ask and meditate on questions, as much as it may provide some answers.
This is not another study of materia medica. It is primarily a study into the concepts that lie behind, and the process of case analysis, developed in a way and to a degree that I have not met before. It will be a very useful textbook for students, and offer experienced practitioners a source for reflection and further development of their understanding of and competency with their work.
Starting from a study of different models of health, the book takes us through the themes involved in simpler case presentations on to those in difficult cases. Whilst being primarily a theoretical discussion, case examples are frequently used for illustration and avenues provided to assist with the many obstacles in the way of the homeopath.

-- Dr Nick Goodman MbBS MFHom FACNEM, General Practitioner and registered homeopath, Sydney, Australia
This is the most comprehensive book there is on the principles and practice of homeopathy. The beauty of this book is that its breadth is matched in equal measure by its depth. No aspect of homeopathy is neglected, from local prescribing to Sankaran's sensations and miasms. The style is at once practical and profound, and honours the many different ways that homeopathy is practised. I am particularly impressed by Dr Owen's numerous insights into the psychodymamics of the homeopathic history, and his emphasis on the homeopath's own personal evolution. In his own words, by reading this book the student's work is transformed 'from being a necessary task to being an opportunity for growth'. -- Dr Philip Bailey MBBS MFHom, Private Practitioner and author of Homeopathic Psychology (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California), Fremantle, West Australia
This book drips holism and there is wisdom here aplenty. Speaking as someone who has wrestled with homeopathy for 30 years, David's book touches on concerns and connections that any serious practitioner will share. I predict it will become a classic. -- Professor David Peters, School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, UK
This exceptional book gathers, reflects on, and deeply enquires into, the evolving principles of homeopathy in a way that encourages any practitioner to develop themselves, their understanding and their art. Written with an approach that invites reflective pause, the reader is supported, encouraged and challenged to review issues of health, self, illness, caring and treatment. This weave is practical and accessible, rooted in clinical practice and examples, yet tackles at the same time the profound issues and questions which homeopathic practice and training raises. This is an important step forward in homeopathic textbooks that I would recommend whatever your current level of practice. -- David Reilly, Consultant, Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, Researcher and Teacher, Glasgow Homeopathic Academic Centre

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