Massimo Mangialavori's most recent books to be published, Praxis Volumes 1 and 2, have been a long time coming. Printed in Italian and German several years ago, the English version has undergone meticulous editing and updating of the original translation, making these scholarly books a captivating and satisfying read. The first volume discusses Mangialavori's time tested methodology, the Method of Complexity, in detail and depth. The second volume (the first of 3 parts) clarifies the application of his methodology with case studies and detailed commentary.
In this second volume Mangialavori chooses his homeopathic family of 'Drug' remedies to demonstrate cardinal concepts of his methodology: most notably that life is full of coherence and complexity that as homeopaths is necessary to acknowledge, explore and address; that a homeopathic 'family' is not necessarily defined by biological or chemical classifications, but fundamental themes. (His Drug family includes plants from different botanical families, animal, and chemically derived remedies.) Through fascinating, in-depth cases, his concepts of motifs, fundamental and characteristic themes, and coherent symptom groups are brought to life.
In Part 1 the remedies Agaricus, Anhalonium, Bovista, Convolvulus, Nabalus and Psilocybe are examined, with the other 'Drug' remedies to be presented in the subsequent 2 parts (books).
'Praxis presents the most complete methodology in homeopathic medicine since the appearance of Hahnemann's Organon of the Medical Art. Building on Hahnemannian principles, Mangialavori offers a new approach to homeopathic epistemology, literature, research, case-taking and analysis. Primary foci include the structure and strategy of both the patient and the substance from which the remedy is made; the search for coherent themes and their hierarchical organization; the association of remedies through homeopathic rather than taxonomic families; and the reliance upon strict scientific criteriaprimarily case studies as opposed to provingsfor validation and elaboration of a remedy's core features. The method incorporates concepts from various disciplines in the humanities and the natural and social sciences, most notably, complexity theory, autopoesis and psychoanalysis.
Praxis Volume I explains Mangialavori's methodology in detail; Volume II (in three parts) serves as a materia medica of the homeopathic Drug family while also providing case examples of how the method is applied. Volume II Part I covers the remedies Agaricus muscarius, Anhalonium lewinii, Bovista lycoperdon, Convolvulus duartinus, Nabalus serpentaria and Psilocybe caerulescens.
Praxis is the first in a series of works which will outline a complete system of homeopathic medicine including an extensive, evolving classification by homeopathic family and detailed clinical information on over 600 remedies.'