Dr. Brian Kaplan was born in South Africa on October 20, 1956, and qualified as an orthodox medical doctor at the University of the Witwatersrand.
In 1982 he relocated to England to study homeopathy at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. After completing a comprehensive training in homeopathy (exclusively for medical doctors) he became a member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1983 and a Fellow in 2002.
He then studied counselling, nutritional dietetics, fitness, yoga, Autogenic Training, and Provocative Therapy.
He has been an enthusiastic teacher since the late 1980s, and in 1991 he was a co-founder of the Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group, which continues to teach classical homeopathy to doctors, veterinarians and nurses. He is also a lecturer at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.
In 1987, Dr Kaplan, co-edited (with Dr Marianne Harling), D.M.Gibson's Studies of Homoeopathic Remedies. He has always been deeply interested in the homeopathic way of taking a medical history and in 2001 he published his book on taking the case, The Homeopathic Conversation.
For the past 10 years Dr. Kaplan has practiced Provocative Therapy, the cutting edge in the use of humour and reverse psychology in medicine and psychotherapy.
Like homeopathy, Provocative Therapy, embraces a contrarian approach. When warmly and humorously encouraged to continue their self-defeating patterns of behavior, patients quickly choose to prescribe, own and enact their own solutions to their problems.