Book Reviewed by:
Dr Muhammed Rafeeque, Medical Officer. Department of Homeopathy, Govt. of Kerala
While going through the ‘Success Mantra for Successful Homoeopathic Prescribing’ by Dr V Krishnaamurthy, I really felt his high confidence level. Obviously it is because of his sincere studyand dedication towards Homeopathy. In this book hehas shared his 42 years experience in homeopathic practice. Throughout this work, he strongly suggests us to be away from routinism and follow the hidden treasures of our literature for real success in practice.
Through this work he has given an inspiration to make use of books like Lilienthal’s therapeutic book,which we mainly used only during our college days.In this work on success mantra, Dr Krishnaamurthyhas given great importance to the actual meaning of terminologies used in materia medica and repertory.He has also done a great compilation of related terminologies in our literature and made it more useful by sharing his own experience. In this work the author proves that pathological generals and peculiarities are
having a major role in remedial diagnosis. We often come across failures because many a times we are misguided by the common symptoms of the disease, so he emphasizes the art of differentiation of peculiar symptoms from common symptoms. The selection of rubrics is also an art that can be learned by regular reading and practice. He has also given many drugs
that can be considered when the seemingly indicated drugs were not working.
The whole book has four sections:
• Section one: An overview
• Section two: Practical tools
• Section three: Cured cases
• Section four: Materia medica
The section one deals with an overview and boosts our basic understanding on case taking,selection of similimum and the case management. He suggests us to observe the way patient respond to the doctor, as it can help remedial diagnosis. He gives guidelines on potency selection and gives some medicines that have to be given in low or higher potencies. The
guidelines on repetition and the way of application of follow-up remedies are very useful in practice. Follow-up remedies are often ignored by most of us, but his suggestions in this book give a stimulation to consider the same for better results in our practice. The part on the art of rubric selection is noteworthy. Another useful tool in this part is the use of homeopathy for
epidemics, which is a discussed topic now a days. Here, he has compared the remedies used for various epidemic diseases we encounter, including the recent Ebola epidemic. At the end of the section one, he gives a few reasons for failures in our day to day practice.
The section two deals with practical tools, which has followed a definite pattern, in which the exact meaning of some rubrics or pathological conditions is given followed by indicated drugs ranging from A to Z, and finally the disease conditions that covers that rubric or pathology is
given. Here also the indicated drugs with his own experience are given. Various rubrics like cachexia, plethora, congestion, etc are given with its detailed therapeutic part makes this book very unique. The exact meaning of expressions like ‘lack of reaction’ is found attractive. The causation part under this section has a practical utility, which covers most of the drugs. The
long list of ‘old age remedies’ is also helpful to the students as w ell as practitioners.
Many diseases like Diabetes, malignant conditions, gout, sterility, chronic rheumatism, etc. are covered with its therapeutics. In fact these diseases are the challenges faced by the medicine today, in spite of having advanced tools developed by the modern science and technology. So, this section has its own importance in the present era. His interest to share his experience
deserves special appreciation. He has also given importance to the miasmatic treatment and the selection of constitutional remedy. The section on nutritional diseases with the indicated drugs needs special mention. Nowadays people are spending crores for nutritional supplements and
related products, but Homeopathy has better alternatives as it can stimulate the body to absorb and assimilate the nutrients already present in the food.
The section three deals with cured cases which can surely boost our confidence level. He has shared 46 cases from his case records. He promotes the use of highest centesimal potency and infrequent repetition. As an advice he says that those who give multiple drugs and frequent
repetition often land up in failure. The fourth section deals with the materia medica of A to Z medicines used in our system. He has cov ered most of the polycrests in this part.
The selection of potency is based upon the case. Even Dr Hahnemann had changed the scales of potencies from time to time. Through this book Dr Krishaamurthy conveys the message that the highest centesimal potencies give better result. As his own experience, we must give due respect to the same. However, it is to be considered that Dr Hahnemann had developed his final potency before leaving this world (LM potencies), which was missed by the profession due to delay in publishing the 6th edition of Organon. It is also interesting to note that even after inventing LM potency, Hahnemann had used his centesimal potencies on some occasions.
So, the potency has to be selected as per the case; we can’t fully agree with the author’s ardent use of only high centesimal potencies. Dr Hahnemann had also suggested frequent repetition while teaching the LM potencies. It is also a fact that even centesimal potencies can give good result when frequently repeated in water doses, especially in emergency conditions. So, the best option is to select the medicine, potency, dose and repetition as per the case. No book is complete in this world, also this book. However, whatever he has shared in this book is genuine and with full confidence. Lets hope that his interest to inspire the readers continue in the form of further editions with more chapters.
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