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Introduction to Homoeopathic Medicine (2nd edition) - Hamish W Boyd

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In what important ways is homeopathy different from conventional medicine? What is meant by ‘the homeopathic approach’? What is the homeopath’s concept of chronic disease? How does homeopathic case taking differ from conventional case taking? Which are the remedies you need to know in detail, and how to you prescribe them?

This book provides a systematic introduction to the principles of homeopathic medicine. It shows how the homeopath’s selection of a remedy is based on a process that goes beyond the diagnosis of a particular condition to a perception of the patient as a whole individual person.

The homeopathic materia medica is discussed in relation to the systems of the body and the patient’s presenting complaints, in a framework that will be familiar to any doctor. The author uses this framework to describe the subsequent management of the patient in homeopathic terms. He describes the clinical conditions in which homeopathy is particularly useful, and those where conventional treatment is likely to be necessary, as well as the circumstances where orthodox medicine and homeopathic medicine can fruitfully be used in conjunction with one another.

The symptom pictures of fifty-five of the most important remedies are then described in detail, offereing the reader a sufficient basis on which to introduce them into his or her own practice. Dr. Margaret Tyler’s valuable ‘Study of Kent’s Repertory’ is given as an Appendix.

Dr. Hamish Boyd qualified MB, ChB at Glasgow University in 1947. He continued with studies in paediatrics in Glasgow and Liverpool, gaining the Diploma in Child Health. He followed this with further posts in general medicine and respiratory medicine, and obtained his MRCP (Glasgow). He then started work as a principal in general practice, while beginning to study homeopathy at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. He now holds the position of Medical Superintendent and Senior Consultant at that hospital. He is a past-President and now Dean of the British Faculty of Homeopathy. He was elected FRCP (Glasgow) in 1977.

285 pages, paperback

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