Receiving the Case


Hahnemann tells us, in the Organon (§104) “Once the totality of the symptoms that principally determine and distinguish the disease case - in other words, the image of any kind of disease - has been exactly recorded, the most difficult work is done.”


Given 2 practitioners - one with an encyclopedic knowledge of the homeopathic materia medica & adept at accessing the repertory & constructing analyses, but unskilled at case receiving; & the second, without these assets & talents, but skilled at listening & interviewing; who will be the more successful in practice?  I think we can easily recognize that the first, will have insufficient material on which to apply her many enviable talents; the second might struggle with technicalities, but will obtain the information required from her patients to eventually be successful in finding the needed path to cure, whether this be a remedy or remediation of a factor contributing to illness.


In this 4-week online course, I’d like to look closely at the “difficult work” of receiving the case.  

We’ll address preparation & training of the homeopathic practioner, cultivation of the necessary mindset & skills, care of the caregiver in the face of pain & suffering; the impact of the office setting & environment, types of questions & strategies of questioning; the use of questionnaires & written histories provided by patients; the use of history from others, of objective observation & formal examination, of telephone & videoconferenced interview; & will address case recording, the use of pen & paper vs. electronic note-taking, audio- &video-recording of cases.  Illustrated throughout with case examples from my 30+ years of practice as a family physician & homeopath.


Presented in 4 2-hour live interactive webinars, which will be recorded & posted as streaming video for review & those wishing self-paced participation.


Thursdays, August 23 - September 13, 2018; 4:30-6:30p.m. US Pacific daylight time