Clinical Focus Guide
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OverviewLong awaited, this is the new homeopathic materia medica with original and highly usable reference materials.
From a beloved and respected educator and practitioner.
277 pp pb
From the BookA new homeopathic materia medica with original and highly usable reference materials.
"The precious long-anticipated Focus Guide by Lou Klein is the center-piece of my personal study program."
Bill Gray M.D. HMC
I felt real joy reading Louis Klein's new book "Clinical Focus Guide"; the book is the direct experience of one of the world's great homeopaths.
David Kent Warkentin P.A.
President, Kent Homeopathic Associates Software
Clinical Focus Guide finally brings Lou's special -- and perhaps more important, highly practical and useful -- knowledge to the entire homeopathic community in written form."
Amy L. Lansky Ph.D.
Author: Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy
Lou's prescriptions have an unequaled depth and subtlety, his knowledge of remedies is enormous, this book is a must for every homeopath.
Jan Scholten M.D.
Lou's keen insight and long-life commitment to homeopathy sparkles in every page. This brilliant materia medica is a must have for every homeopath.
Mary Grace CCH, HMC
About The Clinical Focus Guide
to Homeopathic Remedies and
the Homeopathic Master Clinician Course:
The Clinical Focus Guide to Homeopathic Remedies is an attempt to articulate 26 years of dense clinical experience in a succinct and easily comprehensible way. The goal of writing this materia medica was to clear away obscuration whilst being original and comprehensive enough that it would be much easier to use each remedy described.
The first volume is only a start with over 29 remedies included. The remedies are mainly new remedies with a few older and larger well known polycrests. Some of the next volumes will be thematically based rather than simply a mix of remedies.
The criteria for selection of remedies for the first volume was that I had to have had a good grasp of the remedy by having some very good cured cases of that remedy. I also wanted the remedy to be one covered in the HMC Course. I selected 2 or 3 remedies from each weekend session so that the book would be a good companion to the HMC Course itself.
Each of these groups of 2 or 3 remedies follows in line with the thematic arrangement of each weekend of the HMC Course. This thematic arrangement is a shift from the very first years of the HMC Course.
Now each weekend has a theme whether it is based on the source of the remedy, (snakes, milks, area of the periodic table, plant families etc.) or topically based. The sessions still utilize cured cases, video and live cases, advanced methodology, information and discussions.
In this way, I can give excellent case examples of new and old remedies, a sampling of which are included in this book. Many of these cases were taken in front of classes and evaluated by a third party. I have tried to give the course the flavor of a clinical apprenticeship and the book an insight into my personal experience.
~Louis Klein R.S.Hom.
Questions and Answers
About The Clinical Focus Guide to Homeopathic Remedies
My primary intention in writing these more advanced commentaries and presenting the accompanying information, is to help the experienced homeopath grasp the essential features of the remedy to be prescribed.
Then the homeopath can match that information to the essential features of the patient as he or she perceives them. This clinical activity is the application of the law of similars, the foundational principle of homeopathy.
I hope you enjoy reading this book, and that it increases your enthusiasm for homeopathy. Enjoyment is a key to deeper learning and understanding.
I know that it may also be read by many who have minimal experience with homeopathy. For those not familiar with my approach and teaching, here are answers to some frequently asked questions as well as definitions of some key words.
Definition of Some of the Key Words
Disposition is the complex of attitudes and responses conditioning our conduct. These include both consistent positive and negative attributes.
Mind in homeopathy means more than the standard definition of: "that which reasons or the doer of intellectual work". It also includes emotions and feelings.
Keynotes are the main facts about a homeopathic remedy. Keynotes are a listing of symptoms of a homeopathic remedy that distinguished it from other remedies.
One keynote of the homeopathic remedy Cicuta Virosa would be "craving to eat charcoal or charcoal-like foods". Eventually, this way of describing remedies became reductionistic and too simplistic.
Modalities are that which modifies a symptom, making it better or worse; for example, a headache that is worse in the sun. 'Worse in the sun' is the modality.
Provings are experiments whereby a supervised group of healthy persons takes a homeopathic remedy and carefully records the symptoms, sensations and circumstances that arise over a period of time. These recordings become the indication for the homeopathic remedy.
Some of the remedies in this volume of the Focus Guide are remedies that have been recently proven.
Questions and Answers
1. Why focus so much on the psychological features of a patient?
In regular medicine, a drug is prescribed for a specific diagnosable problem.
For example, a child with an ear infection may be prescribed an antibiotic. Twenty children with ear infections may be prescribed the exact same treatment using the same antibiotic.
In homeopathy, we are always attempting to match the remedy to the totality of the individual person and not necessarily the specific disease. So twenty children with ear infections may be prescribed 20 different homeopathic remedies.
Certainly, some remedies are more frequently used in various types of specific pathologies, but a homeopath is always looking for information that individualizes the problem and the person.
When homeopathy was first introduced, much of this individual information was in the form of a 'keynote' or modality affecting a physical problem. I have found these types of indications harder to identify in our modern times and less reliable than even 20 years ago.
Modern allopathic drugs and treatment and the patient's attempt at making their disease socially acceptable can obscure the nature of the presenting symptom modalities and keynotes and make these less usable.
The expression of a person's individual disposition, which includes their positive and negative temperament and mental/emotional state, can also be difficult to ascertain. Yet now, more than ever, these complex dispositional factors are essential to finding the correct homeopathic solution.
So in this book, the "mind and disposition" is emphasized. The mind and disposition also suggests how the higher purpose of someone's existence has been affected and compromised, and their capacity for self-healing thereby reduced.
My more than 26 years of experience has confirmed the observation of homeopathy's founder, Samuel Hahnemann, that the most reliable way to ascertain information leading to deep cures is through a grasp of the person's disposition.
This means clearly perceiving and at least beginning to understand the patient in their entirety, which I attempt to do in an interview process of up to two or three hours.
Similarly, any written material that a homeopath uses in an effort to grasp the remedy must reflect well-constructed sets of information, and articulate the information and impressions in an understandable yet comprehensive way.
Read the introduction in the book to get a better understanding of the concept of "individual disposition" and how it works along with pathology. I also make it clear in the introduction, that as much as I focus on disposition, I want to see the patient's main complaints clear up.
2. Why does it seem that eventually there is so much tangential information in the Clinical Focus Guide?
Eventually, in the commentaries and other sections, there may be many apparent tangents. This is because there are references to other remedies, situations and symptoms that may be familiar to an experienced homeopath either implicitly or explicitly.
These references offer a comparison and may anchor new information presented about an obscure remedy in the more familiar ground of a recognized and well-used remedy. They also help to create an understanding of the individual remedy in contra distinction to other homeopathic remedies.
3. Why does the Clinical Focus Guide's information on substances that I recognize, for example Chocolate or Alcohol, seem so different than what I know about them?
The actual choice of the remedies in this first volume is explained in the introduction. I have used all the substances described in this book, but in a homeopathic potentized form.
As demonstrated in the book, the information incorporates what I know from source notes about the substance itself as well as information about how it works in a potentized form. This is gleaned primarily from other materia medica and homeopathic provings as well as from anecdotal information.
The effect of eating chocolate in crude form or buying it in a supermarket is much different than its effect in a homeopathically potentized form. Both need to be appreciated, but ultimately information from potentized remedies is more important and much more detailed.
Homeopathic preparation means that there are serial dilutions of the original substance, with forceful shaking between each dilution. After the potentization, remedies from poisonous or even infectious elements lose their toxic effect, but their curative effect is enhanced.
This effect is so present that even infinitesimal doses of homeopathic remedies assist the body in eliminating and correcting the very poisons or microbes the remedy may be made from.
4. Since in some of the remedy descriptions there is information about sexuality and addictions, do you always ask and probe about these matters in your interviews?
I have very strict methods of asking potentially embarrassing and private questions. I always discuss with a patient if it is okay to ask about these sensitive matters prior to even posing a question about them. For the most part, the patient can see that I am listening with a sensitive and non-judgmental ear, and will volunteer much of this kind of information. In many cases it is not necessary to probe about these kinds of issues.
My vision is that homeopathy will modernize and be such an authentic and all--encompassing system of medicine that it addresses the modern fertile ground on which diseases develops and grows.
Such modern injurious forces as alcoholism and addictions as well physical, mental/emotional and sexual abuse need to be confronted and the information added to our homeopathic texts.
They are important aspects of many of my patients' searches for well-being and define their homeopathic remedy indications.
The Structure of The Focus Guide to Homeopathic Remedies -- 4-5
Absinthium -- 6-13
Alcoholus -- 14-24
Aranea Ixobola -- 25-30
Argentum Sulphuratum -- 31-38
Bryonia Alba -- 39-52
Carbolic Acid -- 53-61
Cenchris Contortix -- 62-70
Chocolate -- 71-79
Cinnabaris -- 80-89
Coriandrum Sativum -- 90-101
Crotalus Cascavella -- 102-109
Graphites -- 110-127
Helodrilus Caliginosus -- 128-139
Hydrogen -- 140-147
Lac Delphinum -- 148-153
Lethicin -- 154-160
Loxosceles Reclusa -- 61-174
Lyssin -- 175-183
Mancinella -- 184-194
Morphinum -- 195-204
Neon -- 205-211
Oleum Jecoris Aselli -- 212-219
Solanum Tuberosum Aegrotans -- 220-227
Sycotic Co. -- 228-233
Tellurium -- 234-241
Veratrum Viride -- 242-251
Viola Odorata -- 252-259
Notes -- 260-262
Clinical Focus Guide to Homeopathic Remedies, Volume 1
By Louis Klein, R.S.Hom
Reprinted with the permission of the
American Institute of Homeopathy
American Journal of Homeopathy
Volume 97 Number 2 Summer 2004
Reviewed by George Guess, MD, DHt
Clinical Focus Guide, Volume 1 is an exemplary materia medica, a splendid example of what's needed in newer materiae medicae.
The book is no mere rehashing of existing information. The material presented is in most cases novel and fresh. It is culled from Mr. Klein's extensive clinical experience, and its intention is to facilitate the reader's clinical practice, or, in a word, it's practical.
This is a modern materia medica and its remedy characterizations are drawn in contemporary terms and, thus, relevant to what homeopathic clinicians see today.
Each chapter begins with an essential portrait of the remedy; this is followed by a few basic notes about the source of the remedy.
Then the remedy's classification into one of several intriguing groups (e.g. miasm or a very original group categorization invented by Klein, such as Alcohol Group or Influenza Group or Near-Death Remedy Group, etc.
It would be helpful if Mr. Klein were to define such groups in future volumes, as well as indicate the remedies populating them.)
Next follows a very detailed outline of the remedy's central characteristics and symptomatology, both mental/emotional and physical-these descriptions are extensive, though succinct.
Lastly he includes pertinent quotes from past publications, both old and recent, and a listing of similar remedies.
Here is a list of the remedies included:
Absinthium, Alcoholus, Aranea ixobola, Argentum sulphuratum, Bryonia, Carbolic acid, Cenchris contortrix, Chocolate, Cinnabaris, Corandrum sativum, Crotalus cascavella, Graphites, Helodrilus caliginosus, Hydrogen, Lac delphinium, Lecithin, Loxosceles reclusa, Lyssin, Mancinella, Morphinum, Neon, Oleum jecoris aselli, Solanum tuberosum aegrotans, Sycotic co., Tellurium, Veratrum viride, and Viola odorata.
Intriguing choices, to say the least. The material is so rich, I found myself compelled to take notes as I read - a compulsion I suspect most readers will share.
Regrettably, the book is not indexed.
Clinical Focus Guide to Homeopathic Remedies is a superb book, one that will profit any homeopath who studies it.
About the Reviewer:
George Guess, MD, DHt
Dr Guess is in private practice in Charlottesville, VA.
He is editor of the AfHM and
Vice-President of the American Board of Homeotherapeutics.