Published by : Narayana publishers, Germany
Hard cover, black and white, 324 pages
Reviewer: Vatsala Sperling, PhD, PDHom, RSHom
As I am beginning to read this book, the feeling that it is going to be a lovely book begins to grow stronger by the minute. Jan Scholten says in the foreword, “Ulrich Welte hasn’t simply laid out the Element Theory, he’s also expanded it and brought it vividly to life in his own practice. ……. remedy pictures are now fuller and more mature, with extra color and detail…..” This foreword for me is encouragement enough to check out this book from A to Z.
When Jan Scholten began experimenting, teaching and writing about the place of mineral remedies in the periodic table, it helped homeopaths organize their knowledge base of mineral remedies in to well defined and easily recognizable grid. Well, that happens to be just the technical part. Though the grid essentially describes the location of the element on the periodic table and a knowledge about the features of the seven rows and eighteen columns, it is in our daily practice that we learn to find clues that help us connect the narrative of our clients
with the themes of the rows and columns. For this precise purpose and reason, a focused and well- written book, like “The periodic table on homeopathy, the silver series” becomes indispensable, essential staple of our frequent reading.
In an ultra brief but to the point introduction, Dr. Welte gives an overview of series (rows) and stages (columns) and then he moves on to quickly give a gist of the silver series. These pages ensure that we do not have to run frequently to Jan Scholten’s “Homeopathy and the elements” to remind ourselves about the features of the series and stages, if we have not memorized them already.
Section A, Rise and fall of silver series traces the progression of the elements belonging to this series, starting from Rubidium and ending in Xenon. For each element, Dr. Welte has given a description of the stage, key words and key concepts as well as mineralogy details.
The formidable strength of this section resides in the rich and varied case histories that have guided Dr. Welte to choose either one of the 18 elements of the silver series or the salts that they form with other elements belonging to other series. Case histories are precise….and on reading through the analysis part, the reason for selecting a particular element or a salt become clear as daylight. Precision and clarity distinguish Dr. Welte’s case presentation from similar books in the same subject area. The readers get a brief and colorful picture postcard that contains all the details that would help them zero in on an element or salt of the silver series when they encounter a silver-series-centered narrative in their daily practice. A total of sixty four cases, each running to a maximum of a page and half, is a great gift, particularly because we are not bogged down by pages after pages of double spaced narrative that do not point us to any remedy….
Differential diagnosis of the stages and the series will be much appreciated by everyone who has ever listened to the client narrative and scratched their head trying to decide where exactly to place the client. For differentiation between the stages, Dr. Welte’s suggestion is to go with a rough, initial first impression or our gut feeling as soon as we encounter the client. Over confident, opinionated ones go to the later stages on the right, unconfident, hesitating and unsure ones go to the left and the ones with balanced sense of confidence are in the middle stages. Each of the eighteen stages are differentiated.
Similarly, a crisp differentiation of the seven series adds a whole enhanced value to the book because it summarizes the entire concept of the series – from series one including Hydrogen and Helium to series seven that contains elements with such short half-life that they are of academic interest mainly.
In the appendix section, Dr. Welte writes about the periodic table in chemistry, physics, philosophy and homeopathy. It is well known that when we keep ourselves occupied with the nuts and bolts of any subject, we remain quite divisive and fact-oriented, but when we think deeply about a subject, we tend to see the thread of philosophy that runs through the core of all subjects and how this one thread connects everything in to a simple, comprehensible and meaningful whole. The author has briefly mentioned the pioneer thinkers of the recent times who have, each in their own way, experienced the interconnectedness of what the mankind is able to perceive and what eludes its grasp. An interesting section, in my view.
I feel confident in saying that reading this excellent book by Dr. Ulrich Welte will not only enhance your proficiency in spotting the elements and salts of silver series in your practice, it will also polish up your overall grasp of the concept of periodic table of the elements by refreshing your recollection of the series and stages. Go for it.