This book review is reprinted from Volume 24, Summer 2011 edition of Homoeopathic Links with permission from Homeopathic Links.
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Constitutional Medicine
With Especial Reference to the Three Constitutions of Dr. Von Grauvogl
Patricia Hatherly

B. Jain Publishers, 2009. Paperback, 182 pgs.
Hardback, 681 pgs, ISBN 978097520327

Reviewed by Dharmesh Bhadja, India

This book should not be considered as the author's original work but as the complementary treatise on Grauvogl's Doctrine of Constitutions.

Impressed by Grauvogl's personal and professional life, the author held strong conviction in the constitutional study of the patient as well as materia medica with case materials and adequate references to philosophy in general and homeopathy in particular.

Unique features like flowing language, clarity of logic, simple and short practice-based descriptions, augment the realistic usefulness of the book.

Fundamentals of the book
- Incorporating the knowledge of chemistry, biology, physiology, etc.
- Generalization analogical to the Doctrine of Miasms by Samuel Hahnemann

In the "conclusion" the author shared "...I can say that very few days of practice pass over me without making some use of the doctrine of constitutions as here laid down."

The book is intended for the homeopathic practitioner rather than to add a mere theoretical contribution to the ocean of homeopathic literature.

The book contains a total of 39 cases (10 by Grauvogl, 18 by Bojanus and 11 by others), and thus achieves the aim shared as follows by author: "Other men's work provides the nutriment required by the beginner for forming his own mental organism before it can be hatched out of his own experiences. Those who can put their experiences into such shape that others can appropriate their teaching and make it live again, are the greatest benefactors to medical science and art."

Rather than focus on the therapeutic part or materia medica aspects, the book lays emphasis on:
1. Grauvogl's original work
2. His classification with cases
3. Bojanus' (Russian leading homeopath) cases and concepts
4. Final short conclusion

The book ignites insight for further exten-sion of the doctrine such as:
- Is the single constitutional medicine enough to control whatever illness arises? - Progression and modification in the constitution and its therapeutic implication.
- Most important, the retrograde study of drugs and the classification of vast amounts of material medica according to Grauvogl's constitutional types.