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Yasgur’s Homeopathic Dictionary and Holistic Health Reference (5th Edition 2015) by Jay Yasgur, is reviewed by Rochelle Marsden

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Yasgur’s Homeopathic Dictionary and Holistic Health Reference ( 5th Edition 2015) by Jay Yasgur, is reviewed by Rochelle Marsden

9781886149045Publisher – Emryss Publishers www.emryss.com

Price- 23.5 Euro

ISBN – 9789076189536

Pages – 422

Format – Soft cover

Yasgur’s dictionaries are legendary. Every homeopath must have heard of them, so now we have a 5th Edition. Yes, it starts with the ubiquitous ‘What is Homeopathy’ which thankfully is only two pages. There are then pages on Prefaces, Suffixes, Compound words, Eponyms, Onomatopoeia and Diphthongs explaining what they mean and which language they emanate from. I actually found some of this interesting!

Next comes the most comprehensive dictionary you will ever find for homeopaths, with modern definitions as well as archaic ones. There is nearly a full page on the Gerson Therapy which was very readable, and mention of other cancer gurus. Within the listing on Bowel Nosodes, various books are recommended. Potency has over four pages assigned to it, so there is a very comprehensive account given which will certainly be of use to students.   Repertory gives us two pages, in which all the books are mentioned and the some of the computer ones, although he mentions Cara which has been superseded for many years by ISIS which recently changed its name to Vision, and you can’t blame Miccant for doing that!

What this doesn’t appear to be is a medical dictionary, as complaints from my patients, which I had to look up at the time I took the case, do not appear to be in the book. After the dictionary comes a couple of charts, including the abdominal region, which I often find myself referring to. There is comprehensive list of homeopathic remedies and their pronunciation. Other inclusions are ‘A Dictionary of Homeopathy’ by Benjamin Woodbury Jr. from 1921’, ‘A Glossary of Alternative and Holistic Health Care Therapies’ which was included in his 4th Edition, ‘A Selected Obituary List’ which includes those from an airline crash in 1972, and finally there is a list of acronyms from journals and professional associations

I am pleased to see in the Foreword that the author wants readers to contact him with any words, terms, suggestions, criticisms or comments, to improve this work. I have already compiled a list! At the back of the book there is ‘About the Author’, at the bottom of which he tells how to contact him through a publisher in the U.S.

Overall this is a very useful book for both the student of homeopathy and the experienced homeopath. I didn’t find it at all dry or stuffy but interesting and fascinating.

About the author

Rochelle Marsden

Rochelle Marsden

Rochelle Marsden MSc, RSHom, MNWCH, AAMET is a member of the Hpathy team, a registered classical homeopath (Society of Homeopaths), and has run Southport Homeopathic Practice in the UK SINCE 1999. Rochelle completed a 2 year post-grad course with Dr. Ramakrishnan and another with Dr. S. Banerjea, and an intense Clinical Training in India with Dr. Ramakrishnan. She was a tutor for The British Institute for Homeopathy (BIH) and is a regional tutor for local homeopathic colleges. She is also a practitioner in meridian therapies, EFT (Cert. Advanced) and Matrix Reimprinting. Visit Rochelle at : http://www.southporthomeopathy.co.uk/

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