Reviewed by Rochelle Marsden
Publisher- Emryss www.emryss.com
Price – $13.50
This is a revised edition of the original book written in 2008. The book starts with a very necessary history of posology with its development according to the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of Hahnemann’s Organon. It then proceeds to detail the places where posology is mentioned in his Chronic Diseases.
Next we find an interesting history of high potencies, detailing Korsakoff’s method (of which Hahnemann was supportive), Fincke’s potentizing fluxion machine, Skinner’s Centesimal Fluxion Potentiser and Jenichen’s method which Hahneman denounced.
In the same chapter the supporters of high potencies, like Bönninghausen, Boger and Tyler are discussed, along with the preferences of other luminaries like Borland, Burnett and Close. Potency chords, scales of potency and plussing also have their own chapters.
Finally we get to the nitty gritty with a Chapter entitled “When to administer the following potencies” which is Dr. Master’s take on this and which will be a useful read for all students and practitioners. There are two chapters, Minimum Doses and Repetition of Doses, in which Dr. Master has addressed everything he could find that Hahnemann had written on the subjects.
Dr. Master arrives at the present time and discusses nanotechnology, illustrating how this can be incorporated into homeopathic thinking. The last chapter discusses routes of administration of remedies, again using aphorisms from the Organon.
For those of you used to Indian poor quality books, this is not of that ilk, despite the low price. The binding is solid, the paper white and thick with excellent, easy to read print. The publisher has done an excellent job.
I was a little disappointed at how theoretical the book was and having been to many of Dr. Master’s lectures in the past, I would have liked to see more of his own personality in the book, i.e. a few of his own clinical cases where Hahnemannian posology saved the day. He has written this book because he is worried that with the new methods of posology being promoted, the tried and tested old methods may be forgotten.
The last sentence in the Introduction really stood out for me. “Before giving any dose, one should know the course of action it will take irrespective of the potency.” I challenge any homeopath to know the course of action. You can predict what may happen but to know it, is a bit far-fetched. There are far too many variables especially in this day and age.
The big advantage of this book is that all the information is in one place. This is very convenient if you need to refresh your memory or for a student writing an essay on the subject. All the complicated instructions for how to make LM’s are here, with references to the Organon. Diagrams make the instructions easy to understand, not only for LM’s but also for Plussing. I loved the diagrams of the potentising machines of the past which made the text easier to comprehend.
There really is nothing new to be found in this book. However it is wonderful to be able to find all this information in one place, without having to search through the Organon to find the relevant Aphorism about Hahnemannian posology.
Overall I would recommend this book to students and those homeopaths who did not have the advantage of studying Classical Homeopathy in much detail before going on to the more recent methods of homeopathy.