• W. Gutman, MD


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With wonderful articles expanding our understanding of 16 oft-prescribed polychrests; this is a good addition to a student's reading list.
158 pp pb


1. Hahnemann Oration 1-6
2. Hippocrates and Hahnemann 7-13
3. The Basis of the Law of Similars 14-19
4. The Mode Remedy Action in Homeopathy 20-24
5. Homeopathic Thinking 25-29
6. Silicea 30-39
7. Calcarea Carbonica 40-46
8. Bryonia Alba 47-54
9. Apis Mellifica 55-60
10. Pulsatilla 61-63
11. Alumina 64-69
12. Mercurius 70-74
13. Aurum Metallicum 75-81
14. Natrum Muriaticum 82-91
15. Gelsemium 92-96
16. Iodine 97-104
17. Sepia 105-114
18. Lycopodium 115-124
19. Lachesis 125-136
20. Arnica Montana 137-142
21. Aconitum Napellus 143-147
22. Belladonna 148-158



At last a selection of Dr. Gutman's essays and drug pictures has been collected together and published in book form. This is both a very valuable and a most delightful book, and the Indian printing and format are also excellent.

Dr. Gutman has been a leading figure in international homoeopathy for a very long time, as well as a foremost teacher in his adopted country, the U.S.A. All his work has been characterized by a spirit of synthesis, and in the various contributions composing this book it is possible to share in his philosophical orientation and then in its application to the problems of drug pictures.

The first five essays range over the history of medicine and the conflicting philosophies which run through its development. He takes his origin in the conflict between the school of Cos and the school of Cnidos, the one characterized by a phenomenological, the other by a mechanistic, causal thinking.

He finds this same conflict at the root of the misunderstandings between modern scientific medicine and homoeopathy, and points to the figure of Paracelsus as another phenomenologist akin to Hippocrates of Cos and Hahnemann.

All the essays axe full of a historical and philosophical learning which is nevertheless presented simply and easily.

There follow 17 drug pictures, some of which have appeared over the years in the British Homoeopathic Journal. In all of them Gutman has succeeded in weaving a coherent whole from the array of symptoms in the materia medica.

Homoeopaths often claim to treat the patient as a whole, but a glance at the materia medicas shows how little they have succeeded in making a whole out of the single drug pictures. Mostly one has to admit that they are hotch-potches rather than pictures.

Gutman has achieved in these 17 drug pictures a really creative and artistic contribution. He often starts from the occurrence of the substance in nature and, grasping its essence with scientific intuition, unfolds its manifestation as a remedy.

The 17 remedies are amongst the most valuable of homoeopathic remedies. They represent a great deal of hard, creative, synthetic thinking and are a challenge to others to continue the work which Gutman has started. Let us hope that he will produce some more.

British Homoeopathic Journal
Volume 67, Number 3, July 1978
Reprinted with permission from the Faculty of Homeopaths


The Little Homeopathic Physician

A materia medica followed by a therapeutic section, followed by sickroom advice. It was reprinted by Boericke and Tafel in 1961 and was one of the few self-help books available during the period from 1940 to 1960.

The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author