Dynamic Provings Vol 1
OverviewThe fellow who wrote the book on proving methodology presents provings of:
42 pp pb
DetailsDynamic Provings, Volume 1, by Jeremy Sherr, was published in 1997.
This book contains provings of
Brassica (rape seed oil)
American Bald Eagle, and
The provings were carried out by Sherr (Androctonus) and his students (the other six remedies). Four of the provings were conducted in more than one country or continent. Neon was proved in Britain and California, Germanium in Britain and Norway, Eagle in California and Britain, Diamond in Britain and South Africa.
Sherr's goal is to, in his words, "resume the work of Hahnemann, Allen, Hering and the other great homoeopaths who have published provings collectively".
All provings were conducted with the greatest care and scientific rigor. The provings were all double blind. Neither the supervisors nor the provers knew the nature of the substance until the proving was over.
All prover's cases were taken prior to the proving, and each one recorded symptoms for one week before the proving began. A professional homoeopath supervised each prover daily. Provers did not discuss symptoms while the remedy was acting.
After the proving, meetings were held to verify, clarify and share experiences. Provers' and supervisors' notebooks were cross-referenced and compared with the help of other homeopaths. Each symptom was carefully examined and reaffirmed before being included.
Here is Sherr's reasoning behind not eliminating a single prover's strange, unique or uncertain symptom:
1. Symptoms produced by one prover show the unique genus of the remedy on the higher planes of susceptibility. This is precisely the reason that a low-grade symptom in the repertory may on occasion be more indicative than black type symptom.
2. Only by clinical experience can the final verification be made. A symptom not included is lost forever and cannot be verified. Experience has repeatedly shown some of the strangest symptoms to be true.
3. Homeopaths prescribe on the meaningful totality of symptoms, and not on single symptoms (hopefully).
ContentsForeword -- 9
Introduction -- 11-16
From the editor -- 17
Acknowledgments -- 19-21
Adamas - Diamond -- 23-120
Androctonus amoreuxii hebraeus - Scorpion -- 121-158
Brassica - Rape Seed Oil -- 159-176
Germanium - The Element -- 177-226
Haliaeetus leucocephalus - American Bald Eagle -- 227-338
Iridium - The Element -- 339-388
Neon - The Element -- 389-440
List of provers -- 441-442
2. THE HOMEOPATH
Reviewed by Simon Taffler,
graduate of the Dynamis School
Hahnemann's greatest contribution to medicine was the method of proving remedies based on the exact observation of nature, careful experiments, and pure experience. This track of interrogating nature herself has been ably and brilliantly continued by Jeremy Sherr with his Dynamic Provings: Volume One, which has just been published.
These extensive, meticulously elicited provings are a lasting contribution to the future of homeopathy and an indication of the health of the profession.
The provings in this volume of Diamond, Scorpion, Rape seed oil, Germanium, Bald eagle, Iridium, and Neon set the standard for modern provings. As Jayesh Shah writes in the foreword, they are "dependable, trustworthy, and extensive."
They are undoubtedly of the caliber of Hahnemann, Herring, and Allen and are a clear indication of Sherr's dedication to our future.
Melanie Grimes and Jeremy Sherr have edited and presented the provings under theme headings, thereby easing the reader's understanding of the inner nature of these new remedies.
The difference between the anger and power issues in Scorpion and Diamond, for example, are as easily accessible as the self-hatred of Germanium and the centeredness of the Bald eagle.
This is a well-potentised and succussed volume and one that is more than essential reading for any clinician.
RESONANCE - July/August 1997
Reviewed by Nick Churchill
Jeremy Sherr's latest book presents the provings of Adamas (diamond), Androctonus (scorpion) Brassica (rape seed), Haliaeetus (eagle) and the elements Germanium, Iridium and Neon, Androctonus was first published in 1985 (it was Jeremy's final year project at college); its usefulness as a remedy has become firmly established.
Iridium is not a Dynamis School proving, but is the work of graduates of that school, Tricia Griffin and her colleagues at the Sheffield School of Homoeopathy.
All six other remedies were proved by students of Jeremy's illustrious post-graduate course in London, Norway and California, where the theory and practice of provings, and the way they affect our understanding of homoeopathy in general, is the focus of the last year of study.
Adamas fittingly had an additional input from Berkley Wingfield-Digby and provers in South Africa. As readers will appreciate when they open this excellent book, besides introducing a clutch of remedies of great significance to everyday practice (and two in particular that seem destined for an even higher status) it also shows the way forward for the undertaking and publication of all future provings.
As its title suggests, this is an open-ended materia medica, the first in a series that will include not only Jeremy Sherr's own work, but also full classical provings from other high quality sources. It will, in his words, "resume the work of Hahnemann, Allen, Hering and the other great homoeopaths who have published provings collectively".
The primary value of these new provings will lie in their clinical application; Dr Jayesh Shah in the Forword says he has often been confronted with cases he was sure he understood in depth, but for which no truly corresponding remedy picture existed.
However, the wider benefit to us is surely the fact that when good provings flourish, homoeopathy's own vital energy is mobilised and encourages our growth as students and practitioners, and so the healing art reaches ever greater heights.
Hundreds of people - provers and supervisors, coordinators and collators - were involved in this work; many more, both homoeopaths and patients, will find their lives are changed by it.
I have to single out the sheer (the Sherr?) quality of this work. Recent years have seen a multitude of new provings, the vast majority of which were conducted with good will and enthusiasm but are actually of very little practical use.
Some were undertaken without a proper regard for Hahnemann's principles; others showed no understanding of the need for quality supervision; many lacked the determination to persevere in recording and editing when the excitement wore off and the going got tough, as it always does in provings.
There is nothing more maddening than reading an incomplete or partial proving, just as there are few things more satisfying than being able to enter the world of a finished one. Small scale or short-term provings, dream and meditation provings may be instructive but they cry out for completion, and unless they get it, energy is dissipated rather than harnessed.
So, thanks to everyone involved in Dynamic Provings, especially to the editor Melanie Grimes for putting together such an attractive publication, and of course to Jeremy for providing the master plan and for teaching us how to do it in The Dynamics and Methodology of Homoeopathic Provings.
The validity of homoeopathic provings in general has sometimes been questioned: Anthony Campbell dismisses them as "belonging to a bygone age" in The Two Faces of Homoeopathy; Jan Scholten shows in Homoeopathy and the Elements how provers' own issues or circumstances may influence their symptomatology; George Vithoulkas has criticised those provings that he felt were unscientific and too subjective.
Jeremy Sherr is naturally aware of the risks involved in conducting provings and has developed an approach that treads a 'dynamic' middle path between art and science. The key is to be sensitive to the expressions of individual and cosmic susceptibility during the proving and, in capturing them for posterity, to subject them to that robust and rigorous examination which is proper to human enquiry but not to a lifeless, soulless science.
Some readers may wonder at the prominence given to Sylvie, the ultra-sensitive 'Magic Prover' to whom the volume is dedicated, and the uncanny coincidences, dreams and inner visions that befall her during provings - such as the spent neon tube that was dumped outside her house three hours after taking Neon 6c.
While her remarkable symptoms can seem at once too profound and too obvious - a kind of psychic reading of the remedy rather than its expression purely in terms of sensation and function - she certainly has a hotline into whichever remedy she is proving. Jeremy uses her over and over again as "the hub of the remedy wheel, while all others are spokes to support and confirm".
Others may struggle with the lengthy (and unpronounceable) proving of Haliaeetus leucocephalus, conducted mainly in California. Among the hundreds of mental symptoms recorded, one prover reports that she "Had a nice day."
There is in fact an overall increase in the number and detail of symptoms per prover, from the first proving, Androctonus (itself published here in a fuller form than the original, abbreviated version), to the most recent one, Eagle. Brassica is shorter than the others; there were fewer provers, and it probably just is not a large remedy.
But the logic of including rather than discarding information is compelling, as Jeremy explains in his Introduction.
If anyone is wondering what these new remedies look like, or what conditions they would be useful for, I can only suggest they get hold of the book and study it carefully.
Jeremy refuses to provide essence pictures in Dynamic Provings, and rightly so, for interpretation has no place in what must at this level remain a purely factual record.
He has however arranged the material to unfold according to his own understanding of each remedy, and broken down the longer sections under thematic headings, mainly for ease of access. All these new remedies, especially Adamas and Germanium, will soon be very widely used.
Reprinted with permission from the Society of Homeopaths
HeritageEdited by Melanie Grimes. Provings of Adamas, Scorpion, Brassica, Germanium, Eagle, Indium, and Neon.
Julian Winston writes:
A series of well conducted provings following the methodology discussed in his book.
The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author