AP&P2017 description


willteaching_0Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology & the Nature of Disease 
for the homeopathic student & Practitioner

120+ instructional hours, offered in six 10-session modules (each 2 hours); recommended consumption over 60 weeks on self-paced schedule

each week consists of 1½-2 hours of recorded instruction with additional self-paced and supporting materials –  a total of 120 hours of  recorded lecture providing an est. 400 hours of live + self-paced study.  This material was originally presented live in live webinar presentations for the 2017 enrollee cohort (with some materials borrowed from previous years), and is presented in steaming video format now for self-paced participation.

I'll be adding once-monthly Live interactive sessions for discussion beginning in January 2018 for the 2018 enrollee cohort, via our videoconferencing platform, in addition to providing for self-paced discussion via online discussion forum & online participant journals ("virtual office hours").

I’ve chosen to interweave anatomy, physiology and pathology in this course, rather than present these as if they were separable topics; and to present these as investigations into the operations of the organism as a complex adaptive system in health & disease, rather than taking the more conventional iatromechanical/iatrochemical reductionist/mechanistic approach. One of the great difficulties in presenting a complex system, is knowing where to open it up to begin; as an ability to comprehend one “part” presupposes knowledge of other “parts” as well as appreciation of the whole. My solution is to begin historically, which also permits us to appreciate how these topics were understood by Hahnemann and his early colleagues in the development of homeopathy, at the time of the divergences of both homeopathic and modern “conventional” iatromechanical medicine from the “old-school” "allopathic" medicine of the 18th century.

This course is designed from the perspective of the homeopathic practitioner … with a focus on the discovery of how anatomical, physiologic and pathologic observations can effectively inform our daily practice of homeopathy. At every juncture, materials will be presented in the context of homeopathic practice; with a whole-systems dynamic perspective; investigating the organ and tissue affinities of remedies with case examples, detailing how our homeopathic approaches to observation of the organism can help us to understand the nature of the disease process and effectively inform pathology


Who should take this course? 


  • Those who wish to complete the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology pre-requisites for CHC certification, or otherwise establish a background in the basic medical sciences for the pursuit of "alternative" or "conventional" medical pursuits;
  • Those who wish to participate in other homeopathic training opportunities with the Academy of Homeopathic Studies online programs. 
  • Any student or practitioner of homeopathy wishing to expand their appreciation of the organism in health and disease.


This 120 hour course will be presented in 6 modules of 10 sessions each, intended to be consumed at the rate of 1 session/week, over 60 weeks.  Modules may be purchased and taken separately, but should be taken sequentially, as content will build upon previous modules.

Each module includes:

20 instructional hours (ten 1½-2-hour steaming video recordings of material taught live to the 2017 enrollee cohort, including some material borrowed from previous years' offerings)

This course is designed to exceed the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology requirements prerequisite for CHC certification. (*All webinar sessions will be available as streaming video on our course support site for review by participants at their convenience, for 4 years from the date of registration).

Your participation requires:

Viewing of 2 hours / week of pre-recorded webinar sessions

additional time weekly of guided self-paced study, including:

– reading in assigned texts & online references

– online quiz completion

– online forum discussion

– occasional learning-based self-assessed assignments


Topics will include


  • An introduction to the medical sciences
  • Historical perspectives on medical science – humoral theory, materia pecans, the healing power of nature, nutrition; the medical systems of Hippocrates, Sydenham, Boerhaave, Brown, Hufeland;
  • the births of homeopathy and of contemporary “conventional” medicine in the context of the age of enlightenment and the scientific revolution
  • Mechanism, reductionism, Cartesian dualism, animism, vitalism, and dynamism in historical & contemporary perspective
  • A complex systems perspective on medicine
  • Realms/levels of study of the organism – anatomy, histology, cellular biology, physiology, biological chemistry, behavior, psychology
  • A review of classical anatomy; its roles in initiation of the health professional, and in informing effective therapeutic means
  • A study of the major organ system, tissues, and physiologic processes in health & disease
  • Understanding contemporary medical investigations – radiology, endoscopy, ECG, laboratory testing – what they can tell us, what their limitations are in clinical practice
  • Mind/body dualism; the effect of dualism on contemporary medicine; Hahnemann’s perspective; and a proposed reconciliation
  • The classification and naming of disease; nosological systems past & present; pathological systems of classification; advantages and misadventures in disease naming and classification
  • Infectious disease – germ theory examined historically, in contemporary conventional practice, and in the context of complex systems theory; Hahnemann’s perspective and implications for homeopathic practice
  • Zoonoses and the cultural history and origins of infectious disease; implications for the study of emerging disease
  • Immunology
  • Genetics, heredity, and the evolving field of epigenetics
  • Health & disease of the mind; the impact of Cartesian dualism and post-Cartesian solutions

Adolph LippeIn 1867, Adolph Lippe eliminated the Chair of Pathology at the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, asserting that “Pathology teaches us only such symptoms as must by necessity always be present in a given form of disease, are characteristic of the disease only, but do not include, and of necessity, cannot include the peculiar, extraordinary symptoms of every individual.” – prompting Constantine Hering to resign, and found the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia. Lippe’s views may be true of pathology adopted blindly directly from conventional practice, with full adoption of its attendant philosophies and assumptions. But we are not prevented from claiming a more carefully obtained knowledge of the organism in health and disease from being useful to our profession, unburdened by these limiting perspectives. It has been a great pleasure to put together this course on the medical sciences… the course I wish I’d had the opportunity to attend back when I first entered into my medical studies. The “health sciences” are often taught divorced from homeopathic studies, in courses adopted from the conventional western medical perspective; or by revisioning conventional medical material within a generic “alternative” framework. It has often puzzled me that the study of the organism feels to many homeopaths to be somehow outside the domain of our profession, something we might occasionally “borrow” from conventional practice. This course is boots-up, hat-down designed from the perspective of the homeopathic practitioner, with the understanding that the human body is fully properly the domain of our art and science. This is not some dried-out ‘the fibula articulates proximally with the lateral epicondyle of the tibia and terminates distally in the lateral malleolus’ kind of course. We will learn the anatomy. But my mentor in medical school – Larry Weed, the originator of the “SOAP note” and the “problem-oriented record” – emphasized that we should memorize nothing deliberately in our four years of medical school; but focus instead on learning our resources, such that we end up unwittingly memorizing those things we have found the need to look up 30 times or more; but more importantly, knowing where to locate the information on those things less commonly encountered. Our focus, instead, will be on the discovery of how anatomical, physiologic and pathologic observations can effectively inform our daily practice of homeopathy. We will devote some time to learning how we have come to regard the life sciences as we do in contemporary society, from a historical perspective. This is essential knowledge. It is common to regard the march of progress as a progressive movement from primitive ideas to clarity of truth, but there is perhaps nowhere in science where this belief is as misleading, as within the medical sciences. In order to appreciate the nature of our current cultural beliefs and the limitations of current medical ‘understandings’, it is essential to be acquainted with the origins and progressions of our assumptions, beliefs, and models of understanding.

Course Syllabus

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