Essence of Homeopathic Materia Medica
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OverviewAfter George Vithoulkas, one of the 20th century's premier homeopaths, taught in the USA during the 1970's his class notes were widely distributed (against his wishes).
These were originally named "The Stolen Essences". This is the first official publication, edited and corrected by Vithoulkas himself.
DetailsEssences of Materia Medica, by George Vithoulkas, was published in 1988.
53 remedies described by one of the 20th century's premier homeopaths. After George Vithoulkas taught in the USA during the 1970's his class notes were widely distributed (against his wishes). These were originally named "The Stolen Essences".
This is the first official publication having been edited and corrected by Vithoulkas himself. Vithoulkas has drawn heavily on his clinical experience as well as Kent's Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica.
These unique remedy descriptions are the source for some of the commonly accepted 'essences'-the cowardice of Lycopodium, the diffusion of Phosphorous, etc.
HeritageIn the late 1970s George Vithoulkas taught a number of seminars in the USA. After the first seminar at Esalen in 1979, Bill Gray transcribed George's class notes and distributed them to class members.
The following year, those who took the course received the "essence" class notes from the year before. Those who took the class the third year received the notes from the second year as well.
The attendees were asked to sign an agreement promising not to copy or distribute the material. It was very clear that Vithoulkas felt that these were not ready for publication and that he didn't want them to be distributed.
By the fourth year of the course someone (who shall remain nameless) receiving the notes copied them and distributed them to friends. These became the "Stolen Essences."
In 1988, the "essences" were finally edited by Vithoulkas, and given to Jain to publish. They are, by agreement, not available for sale in the USA.
Julian Winston writes:
I remember seeing a copy of the "class notes" that belonged to Dr. Karl Robinson, one of those attending the first Esalen course.
They were, obviously, unfinished ideas. Sentences trailing off, and uncompleted thoughts. It looked as if they had been typed on several different machines (which they were!) and not well photocopied.
The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author