The Bern Seminars

Language
English
Type
Paperback
Publisher
The International Academy of Classical Homeopathy
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George Vithoulkas lectured in this seminar on treatment tactics for patients who show several layers of pathology compared to patients who need constitutional prescribing. One important focus in this seminar concerned the differential diagnosis of fear and anxiety states.
Another topic of importance was the need to discriminate between real symptoms produced either by the patient's circumstances or by the administration of previous wrong treatment. Several brilliant and instructive video cases and their follow-ups where shown as illustration. Two of these cases were life threatening; through his handling of these cases Vithoulkas showed that a homeopath must remain very perceptive to all that he encounters during the interrogation.

He stressed the importance of correctly determining pathology as well as evaluating the changes following the administration of a remedy. Vithoulkas also explained what changes must take place when the remedy has really begun to be effective. Furthermore, he showed how easily the practitioner can be overwhelmed by the interrogative situation, and how this can lead the practitioner to misinterpre the patient's reaction to the remedy.



Table of contents:

Constitutional prescribing
Differential diagnosis of the anxiety states of some important remedies
Case 1: Stein-Leventhal-Syndrome
Case 2: Pneumonia
Case 3: Cerebellitis
Case 4: Anxiety
Differential diagnosis of the lack of self-confidence of some important remedies
More Information
ISBN9789608742918
AuthorGeorge Vithoulkas
TypePaperback
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2010
Pages236
PublisherThe International Academy of Classical Homeopathy
Review

This book review is reprinted with the permission of the International Foundation for Homeopathy

Reviewed by Mike Strange, RSHom

This book, as the title suggests, is a verbatim account of a seminar given by George Vithoulkas, including large chunks of transcript from cases presented on video. The material comprises a lecture on constitutional prescribing, differential diagnoses of anxiety states and lack of self-confidence, and four acute cases. The lecture is a short account of the author's well-known classical principles of constitutional prescribing, clearly and concisely stated, and useful as a reminder. The two differential diagnoses are full of gold nuggets, only obtainable from a prescriber of such great experience and insight.

However, for me it was the cases which made the book most worth the effort of reading it. The author's teaching on the handling of chronic cases is fairly well-known and widely appreciated, and these accounts of life-threatening acute cases shed a very useful light on his approach to this other aspect of our day-to-day work.

An altogether more flexible picture of this master prescriber emerges, and the evident anxiety to get the right remedy in the face of the possible death of the patient comes through clearly. Of course, in the cases presented he did get the right remedy and achieved wonderful results, but he discusses the possibility of failing, and when it might be necessary to resort to allopathic drugs in order to save the patient's life. His techniques of interviewing patients or their parents in an acute situation, and of delving into the relevant parts of the case without losing valuable time are well worth studying.

I mentioned the effort of reading the cases. The virtually unedited verbatim account of the seminar, including audience participation, is a hard style to assimilate if one was not at the seminar. The book could have benefitted from more rigorous editing.

This book is a useful account of an important bit of teaching and is well worth our attention. English style was more natural than that of either the author or the editor. However, that is a relatively minor point. This book is a useful account of an important bit of teaching and is well worth our attention.

Mike Strange, RSHom practices in Southwest London, and was, until recently, the Society's Registrar. He has previously published articles on his work with AIDS patients. From The Homoepath, Vol. I0, No. 4,from The Society of Homoeopaths, 2 Artizan Road, Northampton NNI 4HU England, Francis Treuherz editor.

RESONANCE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1990

Review

This book review is reprinted with the permission of the International Foundation for Homeopathy

Reviewed by Mike Strange, RSHom

This book, as the title suggests, is a verbatim account of a seminar given by George Vithoulkas, including large chunks of transcript from cases presented on video. The material comprises a lecture on constitutional prescribing, differential diagnoses of anxiety states and lack of self-confidence, and four acute cases. The lecture is a short account of the author's well-known classical principles of constitutional prescribing, clearly and concisely stated, and useful as a reminder. The two differential diagnoses are full of gold nuggets, only obtainable from a prescriber of such great experience and insight.

However, for me it was the cases which made the book most worth the effort of reading it. The author's teaching on the handling of chronic cases is fairly well-known and widely appreciated, and these accounts of life-threatening acute cases shed a very useful light on his approach to this other aspect of our day-to-day work.

An altogether more flexible picture of this master prescriber emerges, and the evident anxiety to get the right remedy in the face of the possible death of the patient comes through clearly. Of course, in the cases presented he did get the right remedy and achieved wonderful results, but he discusses the possibility of failing, and when it might be necessary to resort to allopathic drugs in order to save the patient's life. His techniques of interviewing patients or their parents in an acute situation, and of delving into the relevant parts of the case without losing valuable time are well worth studying.

I mentioned the effort of reading the cases. The virtually unedited verbatim account of the seminar, including audience participation, is a hard style to assimilate if one was not at the seminar. The book could have benefitted from more rigorous editing.

This book is a useful account of an important bit of teaching and is well worth our attention. English style was more natural than that of either the author or the editor. However, that is a relatively minor point. This book is a useful account of an important bit of teaching and is well worth our attention.

Mike Strange, RSHom practices in Southwest London, and was, until recently, the Society's Registrar. He has previously published articles on his work with AIDS patients. From The Homoepath, Vol. I0, No. 4,from The Society of Homoeopaths, 2 Artizan Road, Northampton NNI 4HU England, Francis Treuherz editor.

RESONANCE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1990