The author begins by defining the condition by reference to its conventional treatment, since most patients will have taken this route first and are likely to be familiar with the terminology of their diagnosis and the pharmaceutical preparations they have received.
He then describes techniques of case-taking that are particularly appropriate to eczema. This is followed by a full discussion of case analysis, including the relevance of particulars in the hierarchy of symptoms and the subject of one-sided cases, or cases with few other symptoms, with a view to helping the reader to increase his or her own understanding of the issues involved.
Further chapters cover all aspects of case management, among them suppression, aggravation, potency, repetition of the dose, adjunctive measures and commonsense advice. The overall discussion is supported by twenty-two case histories.
The book concludes with a compact materia medica of forty-two remedies which the author has found to be of value in his own experience, studied under the headings of their characteristic physical, mental and general symptoms. There is a general index, a remedy index and a rubric index.
'Robin Logan has set an exemplary standard for homeopathic textbooks with The Homoeopathic Treatment of Eczema.
He begins this work with a listing of a variety of eczema diagnoses and repertory rubrics that correspond to the pathological findings in each, then lists various skin conditions that may resemble eczema. Chapter 2 thoroughly delineates the essentials of casetaking in eczema cases, from the minute details of the skin eruption to the nuances of constitutional inquiry. Chapter 3 emphasizes the flexibility required in deciphering many eczema cases. Using numerous case examples as illustrations, Mr Logan describes multiple case analysis strategies. Some cases are solved solely by attending to the particulars of the eczematous rash, others by complex constitutional, emotional and physical characteristics, still others by combinations of the two, and so on. The chapter is a masterful rendering of the homeopathic approach, regardless of the disease entity being entertained. Several of the cases given, which are solved by attention to the details of the eruption, are very illustrative of the often overlooked necessity of attending to every striking detail of a case, lest critical information be overlooked.
Chapter 4 very thoroughly reviews both practitioner and patient shortcomings that lead to disappointing results. Chapter 5 admirably discusses eczema aggravations after treatment and their management, potency selection and prescription timing, and topical applications, dietary and nutritional measures. Again, throughout the first five chapters numerous and illuminating case histories are provided. The last part of the book is reserved for materia medica written specifically with the skin and eczema in mind. All of the characteristic eczema remedies are listed; additionally, mental and general keynotes are included to provide ready reference to confirmatory symptoms. The book is well indexed.
The book is must reading for any homeopathic physician, novice or old hand, who endeavors to treat eczema patients.'
Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy