Lac Remedies in Practice By Philip Bailey

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This book review is reprinted with the permission from the Autumn 2011 Edition of The Homeopath.

The Society of Homeopaths

Lac Remedies in Practice
By By Philip Bailey

NEmryss Publishers, 2010.
Hardback, 220 pgs.
ISBN 9789076189277

Reviewed by Jean Duckworth

Philip Bailey is perhaps best known for his book 'Homeopathic Psychology' a book I have greatly enjoyed over the years since its publication. For me Philip Baileys' books are ones that I dip in and out of if I want to 'see' a clinicians perspective of a remedy and this is no exception. There has been a great deal of interest over recent years in the Lac's as remedies and a number of books have been published including those by Nancy Herrick, Sankaran and Links. It might be asked if we need another one, my answer would be yes, when it comes in the form of Lac Remedies in Practice.

Lac Remedies in Practice opens with a very useful chapter outlining the main themes of the Lacs particularly around bonding difficulties between mother and baby and the long term sequelae that can arise from these problems. Interestingly, Bailey states that Lac remedies run in families and are genetically inherited, and he then goes on to develop these themes within the 8 Lac remedies presented, one per chapter (Lac humanum, Lac felinum, Lac equis, Lac caninum, Lac defloratum, Lac leoninum, Lac delphinium. Lac lupinum). The Links book on Lac's does contain more remedies, but the way that Bailey crafts his material taken from provings (conventional and dream), materia medica (his own) and his own experience makes it for me a more exciting, readable book. The book contains rich descriptions about the remedies and also provides clear differentiations from other remedies and what is important for me, shows his analysis and reasoning for the prescriptions. Bailey appears to use LM potencies for most of his prescriptions in this book and I would have liked to explore whether this is just an extension of his normal practice or whether it is something that he finds particularly effective with either this group of patients or remedies.

The book itself is hard backed and just slightly bigger than A5, covers 220 pages and has a comprehensive index of themes. This book will stay as a useful addition to my library.