Fever is a prominent aspect of most cases of infectious disease, and may be a characterizing aspect of non-infectious inflammatory diseases as well. It was Hahnemann’s interest in the common intermittent fevers endemic in 18th-century Europe (primarily malaria) that largely launched his development of homeopathy. Boenninghausen - our master of semiology - created an invaluable repertory of fever, with attention to its characterizing dimensions and succession of stages, which has since been incorporated into other works. Contemporary conventional medicine, which has largely lost its interest in semiology, approaches fever principally as am annoyance to be controlled, suppressed with “antipyretic” drugs.
In this 4-week course, we’ll investigate the pathophysiology of fever and its role in immunity; the clinical assessment of fever & its characteristics; the conventional “management” of fever with “antipyretic” drugs, the awkward adoption of this into “homeopathic” practice, and how this may be problematic in clinical practice; the characterizing dimensions of fever as these are represented in our homeopathic repertories and remedy descriptions in our materia medica texts; and we’ll examine the use of “fever” rubrics in our modern repertories in the analysis of cases of commonly-encountered infectious and non-infectious inflammatory diseases.
Thursdays, March 19-April 9, 5-7pm US Pacific time
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- Teacher: Will Taylor