Recently, I was wondering about how to celebrate
my clinic’s anniversary. I thought about holding a free medical
camp in some village or organizing a seminar for patients. But nothing
seemed to click. They all were one-day events and were not supposed
to make any significant difference in my clinical life in any way.
Then I started pondering over the shortcomings in my practice,
issues that keep bugging me. One is my hand-writing. Sometimes during
the second or third consultation, I find it difficult to decipher
words written during the first consultation! The ‘e’, the ‘i’, the
‘t’, the ‘j’ – they all look pretty much same after a few weeks.
Guess, I can’t do much about that, so I moved on to other issues.
The next thing that bugs me is the lack of ability to retrieve
statistical summaries. If I saw a hundred cases of asthma last year,
with all those paper cases, I cannot track how many have been cured,
how many have left the treatment, what remedies and potencies have
been used, difference between successful cases and failures. Think
about it – how exciting it would be to have such data in your hands.
What a great learning experience it would become and how much it
will add to our cumulative knowledge. If we are able to do this,
every clinic will become a research center in itself.
I think such data can have repercussions beyond our individual
practices. It will not just help us improve ourselves, but ‘quantified’
results can be easily audited and approved by third parties. Untill
homeopathy gets proved ‘physically’, our clinical success is all
we have to keep homeopathy alive. So we should go all out to document
the results that we get. Our documented success is what will turn
the tide in favor of homeopathy.
So this year, I have decided to gift my practice a complete electronic
practice management software – something that will take care of
records right from patient registration, to keeping track of who
gets what and what are the results in individual cases and what
are the results in specific groups (be it age, gender, or name of
disease, or cases with specific remedies). If you have any recommendations
for the right tool, you can write to me at [email protected].
I will share with you my experiences after a few months.
Now coming to this issue, we have Nancy Herrick
in our hot-seat. George Vithoulkas has answered more questions from
our readers and Rudi Verspoor continues his series on Hahnemann’s
occasional writings. Dr. S.C. Kursija gives a list of homeopathic
remedies for cancer, Alan Schmukler continues with his Tips &
Secrets and Ajit Kulkarni shares with us the beauty of silence.
There are details about ‘Homeopathy Worked for Me’ campaign from
UK and another article on the situation of homeopathy in UK by Carol
Boyce, some cases and a lecture on the role of vital force in disease.
Also in this issue, Bruce Barwell shares some homeopathic hints
from orthodox medicine. Sadly, Bruce died unexpectedly a few days
ago before we could publish this article. We at Hpathy, pay our
tribute to this wonderful homeopathic soul.
There is much more to explore in this issue. Read, enjoy
and do send us your feedback at [email protected]
Yours in Homeopathy,
— Chief Editor —
Homeopathy for Everyone