Title: Homeopatía – Reflexiones Sobre 60 Años De Práctica Clínica
Author: Dr. Eugenio Federico Candegabe
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (UCH Editores) Published in: March 27, 2012, 162 pages, paperback
Price: 20,00 USD
“The fundamental idea of this book, its purpose, is to ‚chat‘ with physicians about homeopathy, with both young and adult.“ ~ Eugenio Candegabe
The author of the book, Dr. Eugenio Federico Candegabe was an Argentine physician and homeopath (1924 -2019) who encountered homeopathy early, in 1949, and soon after started his homeopathic education and practice. He gained a wealth of knowledge and practical experience throughout his long life. His other books on materia medica are very structured and highly analytical, mirroring his deep understanding of remedies. Compared with them this book comes as an easy read, that I read in one go. We might understand how to integrate this into his array of books by knowing how he came to write it. He had been asked for long by his colleagues to write about the memories of his clinical practice. When he was forced to stay at home after having injured his patella he decided to use the time and review his life as a homeopathic physician, writing down cases from memory.
The book consists of dedications, a prologue written by his son Marcelo Candegabe, a short introduction about how he came to write the book and what it is about, theoretical disquisitions about two fictive cases that illustrate Hering’s law of cure, clinical cases, short stories, a chapter on playing with the repertory that sheds some light on his comparative and methodological study of the materia medica, some elucidating final words including an enthralling epilogue and the table of contents.
The main part of the book consists of cases which are described as they came into his mind, in a rather narrative style of short stories. Neither a deep case analysis nor case management or follow-up sessions are described in detail. However, Eugenio Candegabe gives some background for his remedy prescription and finishes each case with some elucidating conclusions and explanations. He presents easily solved cases, cases that came with a miraculous or unexpected cure, some he was dissatisfied with, and others he worked on for hours – cases, which all eventually provide a glimpse into the healing potential of homeopathy, but also the necessary fundamental knowledge of the homeopathic philosophy and materia medica.
Eugenio Candegabe lets the reader take part in the daily struggle of finding the simillimum, the difficulties he encountered in his practice and of being rejected for being a homeopath. Being convinced about the tremendous healing power of homeopathy and his deep satisfaction about his ability to help his patients he never ceased searching for the true simillimum, which gives health to the patient and peace to the practitioner. To understand the patient was his prerequisite for a successful prescription. Eugenio Candegabe believed in the lifelong simillimum yet confessed that this were difficult to find.
It becomes obvious in his writings, that throughout his life Eugenio Candegabe remained open to learn from any source that might enrich his therapeutic capabilities. He recognized new ways of supporting the search for the simillimum but opined that the pathogenesy of remedies remains fundamental. However, the book is not about the essence of each prescribed remedy but rather about the author, his clinical practice and sublime message about the fundament his success and development rested upon, the treasure of having colleagues and teachers to learn from and work with, the wealth of experience gained during his long time of practice, his aspirations and, finally, the deep inner satisfaction about his chosen path that he felt at the end of his life.
The author whets the reader‘s appetite to explore his and other homeopaths contributions, and encourages the reader to follow his path despite the challenges he has to face. He opined:
I do not pretend, by no means, that homeopathy is the only way to cure. But I know, that it is a noble art, whose mastery can only be achieved with effort, humility and, heart.
His purpose in writing this book was to convey some ideas and most of all, to facilitate learning, which for him was a most valuable goal. I’m sure the author has reached this goal wherefore I can recommend it to the newcomer as well as seasoned practitioners of homeopathy.
His other books have been translated by his daughter so we may expect this to be available soon in English. Possibly due to its narrative style the book doesn’t contain an index for remedies. There are several typos in the book and the pages given in the table of contents are not all correct. Some repertory rubrics are given in English without the original Spanish wording, so the book could use some editing.