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OverviewSerious homeopaths will read Paschero's Homeopathy time and again, gaining valuable insights from a revered prescriber.
250 pp pb
Beaconsfield Publishers, Ltd.
DetailsThe clarity of thought and uncompromising adherence to the principles of homeopathy, evident in the philosophical essays, serves as an unswerving guide.
Drawing on his vast experience, Paschero's essays on materia medica cover some of the mental and general symptoms that he found most interesting.
From the BookDr Paschero was the revered founder of the Escuela Medica Homeopatica Argentina and a homoeopath of international stature.
A classical homoeopath of the pure Kentian school, he trained with Kent's immediate successor Dr Arthur Grimmer in Chicago.
Paschero possessed a level of insight and understanding of the classical method that has rarely been matched. He also brought to his work a keen knowledge of depth psychology that, blending perfectly with the classical principles, added considerably to the range and lucidity of his thought.
Paschero's prolific writings on all aspects of homeopathy reveal his deep love and respect for humankind both in sickness and in health, and his commitment to the furthering of its potential to transcend its moral and physical limitations by means of the highest standards of homoeopathic treatment.
They place him firmly within the finest humanistic tradition of medicine. Homoeopathy comprises a selection of the best of his writings, spanning a long and highly productive career.
Beginning with a section on homoeopathic philosophy, the book explores the meaning and implications of the vitalistic outlook that underpins Hahnemann's and Kent's view of the nature and purpose of human life.
The essential principles of homeopathy are examined and elucidated in turn, including the Law of Cure, the chronic miasms, and the significance of the mental picture among the totality of symptoms.
This is followed by an in-depth look at clinical aspects such as case taking, finding the simillimum and child psychology in homoeopathy, amply illustrated with examples drawn from the author's casebooks.
The book concludes with a selection of essays on the materia medica, consolidating the remedy pictures that emerge in the previous section.
Foreword by Dr. E.F. Candegabe -- iii
Preface -- v
DOCTRINE -- 1-55
1) Fundamental Principles (1955) -- 1-3
2) Clinical Experience and Remedy Selection (1943) -- 4-8
3) Vitalism and the Law of Cure (1966) -- 9-14
4) Mental Symptoms in Homeopathy (1953) -- 15-21
5) Unicism and Pluralism (1959) -- 22-29
6) Which School of Homeopathy (1959) -- 30-31
7) Mental Symptoms and the Meaning of 'Totality' in Homeopathy (1957) -- 32-38
8) Curing the Constitutional Disease (1969) -- 39-46
9) What to Cure in Each Patient (1958 -- 47-55
CLINICAL ASPECTS -- 56-136
10) Homeopathic Diagnosis (1959) -- 56-64
11) Selecting the Homeopathic Remedy (1960) -- 65-75
12) Characterizing the Symptom Picture (1961) -- 76-83
13) Finding the Simillimum (1963) -- 84-100
14) The Practice of Homeopathy I -- 101-106
15) The Practice of Homeopathy II (1962) -- 107-116
16) Child Psychology in Homeopathy (1963) -- 117-126
17) Homeopathic Clinical Practice (1964) -- 127-136 -
MATERIA MEDICA -- 137-244
18) The Study of the Materia Medica (1943) -- 137-139
19) Ambra Grisea (1943) -- 140-141
20) Argentum Nitricum (1955) -- 142-145
21) Aurum Metallicum (1955) -- 146-153
22) Kali Carbonicum (1955) -- 154-158
23) Lachesis (1955) -- 159-161
24) Lycopodium (1955) -- 162-171
25) Mercurius Solubilis (1955) -- 172-179
26) Natrum Muriaticum (1956) -- 180-188
27) Nitricum Acidum (1955) -- 189-190
28) Phosphorus (1957) -- 191-200
29) Psorinum (1950) -- 201-203
30) Sepia (1955) -- 204-210
31) Silica (1956) -- 211-218
32) Syphilinum (1955) -- 219-225
33) Tuberculinum (1950) -- 226-233
34) Essential Characteristics (1965) -- 234-235
35) The Personality of the Remedy (1947) -- 236-244
Remedy Index -- 245-247
General Index -- 248-250
Volume 13, Winter 2000
Reviewed by Linda Johnston, MD, DHt USA
Knowledge, in all its aspects, brings our understanding to the fore. However you define excellence in prescribing, knowledge is always an essential ingredient.
Who we are as a person is the most important factor in how we live our life, and thus also in how we practise as a homeopath.
Paschero's 'Homeopathy', a superb collection of his essays, weaves these insights, among many others, into the fabric of what homeopathy is, how it works and what it means to be a homeopath.
I have always looked only to Hahnemann's 'Organon' and Kent's 'Lectures' as that masterwork, whenever I needed to reinforce my footing in the ideas of homeopathy.
The clarity of thought and uncompromising adherence to the principles of homeopathy in these books are always a sufficient and unswerving guide.
I am delighted to say that now, after all these years; I have found another book to add to that duo - Paschero's 'Homeopathy'.
The tone of the book is already evident in his preface, 'These writings also reflect the influence that the process had in the unfolding of my vocation.
Any profession ... offers the possibility of satisfying a quest for the meaning of life as long as it is practised with integrity.
Thus the dignity of the task depends on who carries it out and how it is carried out rather than what is actually done.' Which one of us could say that we do not benefit enormously in our own spiritual and personal growth by being homeopaths?
Many materia medicas are being published year after year, and it is a real pleasure to see here instead, a book that has its emphasis on the basic, essential principles of homeopathy.
The book does in fact devote one of its three sections to materia medica, but its primary strength lies in the wise and eminently applicable insights contained in the essays on philosophy.
We all recognize our need to be conversant with the philosophy of homeopathy, and that this should be ingrained in our minds to the point of its being second nature. Then and only then can symptoms be interpreted and the dynamics of healing truly take place.
As Paschero puts it,
'Before undertaking clinical practice, it is of the utmost importance to acquire a firm philosophical foundation as well as a faith in homeopathic doctrine',
'When the homeopath wholeheartedly accepts the philosophical principles that underpin homeopathy, he or she can develop the perceptive abilities necessary for understanding patients and their diseases.'
This is why so much care is taken in explaining these basic ideas.
'Many homeopaths have failed because they thought clinical practice to be more important than an understanding of the basic principles.' In fact, successful clinical practice is not possible without them.
How much of your own study time is spent learning materia medica and how much is spent deepening your understanding of philosophy? When did you last read the 'Organon'?
If I emphasize this point, it is because Paschero's 'Homeopathy' also emphasizes the point, and in a thorough yet extremely readable and enjoyable way.
One basic principle discussed in many different ways is that of our grasp of the holistic perspective.
'The physician, no matter what therapeutics he employs, must be aware that every symptom is a part of the patient's life context. Each symptom has a meaning to be unlocked, once a complete understanding has been gained of the pathological expression and behaviour of a unique and untold human life.'
If this seems self-evident, just recall how many homeopaths prescribe on isolated symptoms or give more than one remedy at a time. Paschero addresses the issue in his chapter 'Unicism and Pluralism'.
If there was ever a doubt in your mind on the matter, this will clarify the case for single remedy prescribing for you.
'Hahnemann established as a basic clinical principle the unity of the patient's reaction, that is, the totality of symptoms that reflect the dynamic derangement. This very personal total symptom picture can never be the expression of an affected isolated organ or a disturbed localized function.'
Furthermore, Paschero has the courage to state that prescribing on isolated symptoms rather than the dynamic totality, in addition to violating the fundamental tenets of homeopathy, can be suppressive and can cause great harm.
Few single remedy, constitutional prescribers take that logical step, despite its being so self-evident from the philosophy of homeopathy in the writings of Hahnemann.
Another of the many topics on which Paschero sheds light is his discussion on the deep, holistic, constitutional understanding of the patient. He states the issue beautifully:
'The unconscious tension we call instinct is the psychic expression of that emotional will, transmitting the requirements of cellular activity to the conscious awareness.
That is why the organic will the deep necessity that appears in the conscious ego as a motivation to act - is what best defines the nature of being and best summarizes an individual's symptom picture'
'We all live the unconscious reality of our innermost being and this determines not only the complex mechanism of our will but also the energetic quality of the vital force that regulates our bodily functions.'
There is the brilliant insight that the symptoms report that the patient gives us is clouded by the very illness we are trying to cure.
'The homeopath works with the symptoms that the patient translates though a compromised ego (self), "falsified" by those very compromises destined to defend it from his instincts. More than just hearing them, the homeopath must try to "see" them and interpret them through, and in spite of, the patient's ego.'
How can we bypass these distracting and illusionary symptoms and feelings to get to the real essence of the vital force's morbid disorder? The first step is to understand the workings of the personality, psyche and the healing process.
Once more, the theme of knowledge and deep understanding is emphasized. Fortunately, much of that knowledge can be gained in this book.
Although I said the materia medica section was not the main strength of the book, it is still worthwhile since it develops the perspective introduced and elaborated in the two previous sections.
In fact, the first sentence of the introduction to the section strongly advises that we must: absorb the remedies in such a way that we are able to "see" and "feel" each one as a whole'.
Again he links the intuitive skills of the homeopath to a previous intensive study and assimilation of knowledge. Intuition, he emphasizes, is: '... a synthesis of the elements acquired by the intellect and therefore one of the higher function of knowledge.'
Further, he makes a warning that I think should be a central tenet of every aspiring homeopath: 'No matter how desirable intuition may be, it would be a dangerous error to rely merely on hunches rather than acquiring complete information on the remedy.'
With these ideas as our mission statement, we all could achieve excellence in our understanding and in our practice.
The essays on materia medica deal mainly with some of the mental and general symptoms that he has found most interesting. Although these discussions are not as complete as in the fuller materia medicas, they draw on his vast experience and are therefore worthy of note.
What I found particularly helpful, however, are the philosophical comments woven into these remedy discussions - for example, 'Localized reactions express the vital intention of the whole person.'
This reminds us of what Paschero so frequently emphasizes in the earlier sections that physical symptoms are expressing exactly the same message as the mental state.
I have limited my comments to just a few samples of the author's writings to give you the flavour of this amazing book. It has been difficult to choose between the hundreds of quotable passages, wonderful insights and eloquent turns of phrase.
Needless to add, I highly recommend it and expect that once you have read it you will find yourself rereading it over and over again like the other important classic works.
Lastly, as a bibliophile, I would like to comment on the quality of the publication itself. As is customary from Beaconsfield Publishers, the book is beautiful and of high quality. The binding is solid, the paper is first-rate and the font is clear and easy on the eye to read.
In Hahnemann's 'Organon' I found the foundation wisdom, in Kent's 'Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy', the understanding, and now, in Paschero's 'Homoeopathy', I have found the poetry.
Volume 21, Number 6
Reviewed by Jay Yasgur RPh, MSc
Homeopathy is the latest offering in a long line of fine homeopathic books from the British publisher Beaconsfield. It is the first English edition of 35 lectures which the great Argentinean teacher and master of homeopathy, Tomas Paschero (19O4-1986), gave.
Paschero's father, a butcher by trade, wanted his son to do the same, but fortunately for homeopathy he did not, deciding to study medicine instead.
He converted to homeopathy after witnessing the cure of an obstinate case of eczema and later studied with the Kentian homeopaths William Griggs, Eugene Underhill, and Julia Minerva-Green, eventually becoming a disciple of Arthur Grimmer.
Paschero established the Asociacion Medica Homeopatica Argentina in 1933, founded the Escuela Medica Homeopatica in 1972, and was President of the LIGA in 1973.
He was truly a potent beacon spreading the luminescence of homeopathy far and wide among our Latin American neighbors.
This book of lectures is divided into three categories: doctrine, clinical aspects, and materia medica.
In the 1963 lecture, "Finding the Simillimum," he shows his Kentian colors by stating:
"Mental symptoms are not restricted to conscious psychological expressions or a person's behaviour. Mental symptoms are classified as symptoms of the will, intelligence, emotions and memory.
Symptoms pertaining to the will refer to instinctive tendencies that determine desires and aversions regarding a person's relationship with life and fellow human beings, or even desires and aversions linked to our instinct for preservation-of our own selves or of our species-such as food preferences and sexuality.
Our instinct is grounded in the unconscious will that emerges from the innermost depths of our being, where vital energy presides over metabolic changes in the cell and structures our psychophysical personality."-p. 90
And later, in a comparative materia medica lecture (1955), he offers a bit of psychological jam between delicious slices of Sepia and Lycopodium:
"We have seen that behind Lycopodium's facade of haughtiness, pride, misanthropy, disdainful indifference and domineering attitude, lies a deep, hidden lack of self-confidence, a trepidation and timidity which fills him with anxiety due to the conflict between what he wants to be but cannot, between his desire for self- affirmation and what is permitted by society.
"In contrast, Sepia's anxiety is caused by the conflict between the active, masculine-oriented desire for success and self-affirmation, and the emotional coldness or inability to give affection, which is an essentially passive, feminine trait.
"This is why Sepia is generally a female remedy. While Lycopodium's conflict is one of active self-affirmation, Sepia's conflict is one of passive, emotional and sexual giving."-p. 207
Paschero doesn't stop there but continues to weave interesting thoughts on sexuality, frigidity, aggressiveness, anxiety, and self-reproach.
This book is a nice series of well-translated lectures and would be a good addition to your bookshelf if you don't have anything by this 20th century homeopathic master. It possesses two indices; remedy and general.
It is a quality paperback (sewn and wrapped) and thus should enjoy a long and servile life, just as its esteemed author!