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This book review is reprinted with permission from Volume 18, Winter 2005 Edition of Homeopathic Links.
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Clinical Focus Guide to Homeopathic Remedies Vol. 1
By: Louis Klein, RSHom
259 pages, soft cover
Luminos Homeopathic Courses Ltd., US
Reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rozencwajg, MD, PhD, ND, New Zealand
Lou Klein does not have to be introduced. Neither does the quality of his clinical work or his teaching.
Here is one sentence from the Introduction: "The disposition of the patient can decide the remedy, yet only the disappearance of pathology demonstrates it was the correct remedy".
No theories, no hypotheses, no elaborated extrapolations: just plain clinical results based on good repertorisation, understanding of the remedies and knowledge of their provings. You cannot go against that!
Lou presents 27 remedies, some well known, like Graphites, some less known, like Neon or Tellurium, some he proved himself like Coriandrum. He prescribed all of them to many patients and corroborated the results with the provings. But the beauty of this book is its modernity: it addresses problems the way we see them everyday in our practices and the way the patients present themselves: hooked on Prozac, abusive relationships, Satanism, alien abductions ... all things that did not exist when our classical authors wrote their books and that often make us wonder how to approach the patient through repertory or through the knowledge of remedies. For example, he writes for Chencris contortix: "It is a remedy for someone who has been drugged for rape", addressing clearly the epidemic of spiking drinks at parties.
Yet all his descriptions are rooted in traditional homeopathic sources from which he gives a generous extract; when the remedy is new, abundant extracts of the new provings are given.
Even better, the description of the remedy brings it alive, makes it real: you can really visualise a patient in front of you.
It is definitely a clinical work and some very traditional homeopaths may not be too happy at the clinical indications, as some sentences may be understood as recommending "this" remedy for "that" problem. Lou Klein makes it clear why and how he recommends a certain remedy, how it compares with others and their differences.
One thing is missing though: an Index that would allow the remedies and the pathologies to be found easily without reading the whole book every time you look for a reference. This means that when you read it you must be sure to take notes or insert lots of Post-Its, as you will definitely use it in your practice.
I cannot wait for the next volumes...