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Case Analysis & Prescribing Techniques (1st Edition) by Robin Murphy Reviewed by Prof. (Dr) Babita Shrivastava

Dr. Murphy was one of the earliest seminar teachers and is responsible for introducing many people to homeopathy. He takes a practical approach to homeopathic education, bringing clarity to the interrelation between philosophy, materia medica, and repertory work.

The book “case analysis and prescribing techniques,” however is very thoughtfully produced with conceptual understanding of “glimpses of every day practices”. The book is up to date and carefully elaborated to meet the requirements of the profession.

welcomed by both homeopathic students and practitioners. The author has been successful in his effort to correlate Clinical Aspect that is morbid physiology and therapeutic aspects of disease and throughout the book emphasized the necessity of recognizing, which many physicians fail to acquire the simple arts of “seeing,” “hearing,” “feeling,” “listening,” and “communicating.”

The book is more anecdotal and conceptual than theoretical, emphasizing the constitutional disposition that makes individuals more or less susceptible to disease. Patients with comparable similar symptoms suffer quite differently, and these issues require distinct analysis, most of us commonly fail to differentiate between variations, in chapter Homeopathic case-taking with the example of anxiety and fear he explains how to identify patterns of symptoms and signs to achieve an appropriate differential diagnosis. The pattern is seen crucial in identifying the underlying disorder, and in the chapter etiologies he has mentioned appropriate information on the cause of the condition and its expected course and treatment. It’s extraordinarily useful.

The hype around this book has been unquestionable Focusing on the character of the illness and the importance of the physician’s ability to listen, to understand the patient’s interpretations and attributions, and to convey empathy meaningfully and be helpful. Murphy not only brings to this task considerable experience as physician but also as an expert in homeopathic medicine, which allows him to convey brilliantly the variability in Homeopathy with assigned meaning and goals. This art, is neglected and undervalued by many young physicians, which is a central aspect of effective care and management. Murphy’s book tells us, that every patient has a story and that illness has its distinct meaning systems that guide the patient’s reactions to treatment. Therefore, this book makes clear that medicine is a social institution shaped by our philosophical predispositions, our history, and our present needs. Our demography is changing significantly, posing new and future challenges in long-term care and the management of chronic disease and disability. As we confront new challenges, whether in response to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or other new agents, or in handling people on drugs. With Prescribing techniques and appreciation that medicine exists to serve human purposes. It is only by carefully distinguishing between means and ends that we can successfully shape our medical futures. Most of the evidence Murphy gives us is anecdotal, the style is conversational, which is my favorite kind to read. I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t benefit from reading this book.

About the Reviewer


Prof. (Dr) Babita Shrivastava
H.O.D, Dept. of Organon of Medicine and Homoeopathic Philosophy,
Government Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.


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