This book review is reprinted with the permission of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians
P.O. Box 21488, Portland, OR 97212
THE PATIENT'S GUIDE TO HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Robert Ullman, N.D. & Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D., M.S.W.
Reviewed by Durr Elmore
There is a real need for a book written specifically for homeopathic patients and those considering seeking homeopathic care. Such a book should be written by experienced homeopaths. It should be attractively designed, easy to read, and should explain the history, principles, and practice of homeopathy in a manner understandable to the general public. It should provide footnotes and resources on referrals and where to learn more. The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine by Robert and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman meets all of these criteria admirably. This book fills a big gap, and will be a boon to patients and homeopathy. As Roger Morrison writes in the Foreword,
"Now, for the first time, homeopathic patients have a user's manual.
The purpose of this book is to make the homeopathic process understandable to the patient. The chapters on the homeopathic interview and do's and don't's for patients are unique in homeopathic books addressed to the general public. These chapters give truly in-depth explanations to the question patients commonly ask in homeopathic practice."
In ninety-three pages of text, the authors interweave brief cured cases with explanations of homeopathic principles and practice to demonstrate their points. These little cases illustrate the wide range of conditions that homeopathy treats successfully, and suggest to the reader what remarkable results homeopathic treatment can attain.
The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine is a book that will be appreciated by people considering homeopathic treatment, as well as new and experienced homeopathic patients. It gives patients an understanding of homeopathy from a practical viewpoint. Its many short cases demonstrate homeopathy's effectiveness, which will help overcome the skepticism of prospective patients. It teaches homeopathic patients what to expect in the interview and while under homeopathic care.
The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine should be appreciated by homeopaths as well. It will bring many new patients into homeopathy. It will save the homeopath from answering many questions; frequently asked questions with lucid answers are clearly stated in the book. Informed patients make better patients. Anyone reading this book should have a much greater respect for homeopathy as a healing art and for homeopathic practitioners. I recommend that every homeopath keep a good supply of The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine in their office.
SIMILLIMUM / Summer 1995 Volume VIII No. 2