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Date posted: April 25, 2013

Book review by Dr Mansoor Ali 

Name of the book : A study of Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine

Author : Dr M P Arya

Based on : English transalation of 6th Edition  by Dr.William Boerick

Published by : B Jain Publishers. New Delhi.55 

Pages : 722

Decoding Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine….

Dr.M.P.Arya well known teacher, academician and practitioner here decoded the Organon of Medicine by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

Organon is known to be as a Bible of Homeopathy and it is difficult to understand as Bible, because many of the words and paragraphs have hidden meaning and difficult to comprehend like a coded book.

Homoeopathy is slow to win its way because of the defective use of the books, as well as defective books, thus producing results that are not striking especially for the new generation students and practitioners. Many of our classical literatures have been defective. In the literatures of the past we observe many incongruities. Hahnemann’s organon is a rich source of knowledge, but it is in long sentences and very condensed, very difficult words for many to understand. The subject is so deep, so difficult to comprehend.

Nearly all our students fails to study these principles, such a state of affairs delays the spread of Homoeopathy.

Here Dr.Arya tried a lot to overcome this problem by years of study on Organon and beautifully decoded the Organon in a simple language with many interesting examples to explain the concepts in a clear way.

He has divided the aphorism into various parts, as Dr. Frederick Schroyens and team  streamlined the rubrics and sub rubrics in to s readable format in Syntheis repertory.

Many students  become embarrassed on seeing the aphorism and foot notes during their early part of BHMS and treating foot notes as separate entities. Here Author  logically integrated   and clubbed the foot notes into concerned aphorism so that the reader will get a complete idea and logic of each aphorism without sacrificing the exact words and interpretations.

Flow charts
Author has used flow charts, graphs  diagrams and examples to communicate the concepts and points covered in each aphorism, so that it is very easy to comprehend and retained long in the memory  of students.

For  Teachers
Once a student master Organon, it is very easy to practice – but it depend on the teacher who teaches Organon”.  This is very true in the case of many Organon teachers. Without in-depth knowledge in the topic  it is not possible to teach Organon.

This book is useful for teachers since this book compiled by the author after years of teaching Organon of medicine and considering the feedback from students and audience. After reading this book we can have a good idea that how to teach Organon of Medicine effectively by maintaining  the interest of the students.

About Sixth Edition of Organon
This is the first section of this book. This 5 pages will give a precise and bird’s eye view on the entire Organon of medicine. Useful for both under graduate and post graduate students

Introduction
Students and teachers must read the introductory part  carefully  because that has been recast and made simple to understand  by the author.

Comments on the Aphorism
Author had made detailed comments after each aphorism so that we can have an idea and logic of each aphorism. After some aphorisms graphs and charts are also given with space for our own notes.

Lay out
Lay out is not so attractive, especially ‘comments on the aphorism’ section printed haphazardly without proper alignment.  Bullets are placed randomly in between single lines that create reading difficult – which may be corrected in subsequent editions.

Contents

  • Aude Sapere
  • Publisher’s note
  • Author’s preface
  • Fore word
  • About sixth edition
  • Translator’s preface
  • About Translator’s preface
  • Introduction
  • Theoretical Part
  • Practical Part
  • Appendix

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