The Elements of Homeopathy - Vol 1 and 2

 
9788190081030: The Elements of Homeopathy - Vol 1 and 2
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Dr P Sankaran was born on 15th November 1922 in Madras, India. His father shifted to Bombay when he was 3-4 years old. He began his schooling here, but before he could complete it, his father died, leaving his family in a poor financial condition. The family of ten siblings was separated and were sent to various places to be supported by relatives. He went to Madras to stay with his paternal uncle Dr. Sharma, an Ayurvedic practitioner. Here he was put in a college where both Ayurveda and Allopathy were and qualified with a Lincentiate in Indian Medicine (LIM). After working in a few jobs, he somehow managed to start his own practice in the early 1950 s, and was practising allopathy predominantly. Within 2-3 years of starting his practice, he fell ill and was not relieved by the best allopathic treatment of the day, but was cured of his ailment by homoeopath. This removed his scepticism and he became an ardent learner. In 1955-56, he got the opportunity to go to London, where he studied in the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital under famous teachers like Sir John Weir, Margaery Blackie, Alva Benjamin, Foubister and others. It must be mentioned that the dominant emphasis in the Royal Hospital was on the Kentian method, with emphasis on the repertory and mind symptoms, etc. During this time, he met Elizabeth Wright Hubbard, who invited him to New York. He came back to Bombay and restarted his practice with added vigour. As his practice grew in the suburb of Santacruz, he also started teaching in the Homoeopathic college and became Honorary physician at the Govt. Homoeopathic Hospital. He married in 1960. He founded and edited the Journal of Homoeopathic Medicine, which later amalgamated into the Indian journal of homoeopathic Medicine, of which he remained the editor till the end. In 1965, he went to New York to study under Dr. E. Wright Hubbard. She was much impressed by him and asked him to be a teacher (instead of a student) in the course. After hearing his first lecture on Lachesis, Dr. Hubbard wrote, " Dr. Sankaran s talk was so captivating with his knowledge of zoology, botany, psychology and homoeopathy, and with his fine sense of humour that " The Sankarans" would be competition for "The Beatles", only if they were four of them!" He obtained a Diploma in Homoeopathic Therapeutics from there. He practiced at two places in Bombay, visiting each on alternate days. His practice was extremely busy, and he kept up his hectic schedule of practice, teaching, editing, organising etc., till the very end. His health gave way. In 1978, cancer in the second stage was diagnosed. He lived for 6 months after the diagnosis during which time, in between his pains, he managed to write three booklets and write the last one, "The Selection of the Simillimum And The Management of the Patient". Dr.P.Sankaran passed away on 20th January 1979 in Bombay.

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Reviewed by Stephen Blendell A colleague of mine tells me that while working as a doctor in a hospital in Bombay, a patient of his was dying from a carcinoma of the lung. She was in her twenties. They gave her a few days to are . The relatives called in Rajan Sankaran who took the case in great detail, prescribed for her and within one week she was walking around, within two months the CT scan showed no sign of a tumour! Subsequently a huge medical conference was held regarding this case. What made Rajan such a competent homoeopath was growing up under the tutelage of his father, Dr.P. Sankaran. P. Sankaran was an allopath who converted to homoeopathy and became a competent and well- respected one too. As well as being a good prescriber (taught by the well known Dr. Phatak) he wrote many articles, notes, conducted numerous provings and taught internationally. This information and experience has now been gathered and edited into one collection; The elements Of Homoeopathy in two volumes. Unlike previous experience of Indian books, this is a well bound hardback with good quality paper and print. These volumes contain something of interest on every subject pertaining to homoeopathy; provings, materia medica, philosophy, repertorisation techniques (particularly regarding the every useful though neglected Boger s Synoptic Key and examples of cases worked out with this method), prophylactics, even rubric cross- references. Vol.II looks more at the practicalities and difficulties of practice as well as the scope and limitations of homoeopathy. This is an enjoyable and informative read. It s one of those books you can pick up any time, read a relevant section and return to it. We have much to learn from these dedicated and conscientious practitioners. While there is a lot of rubbish written, this is one of the good books. Read good books! After all the many years of experience shared with us here, P. Sankaran offers us some useful advice. I II quote it for what it s worth. It s from the chapter " Do s and Don ts": Do not offer advice or medicines unless you are asked; the value of anything that is given free is generally not well received. Do not ring up and enquire about the patient. Let the patient and his relatives inform you themselves. Refrain from offering your patient any refreshments in your consulting rooms. Also, avoid accepting any drink or food in the patients s house while there for professional work. Do not tell lies to the patient. If he comes to know he will never trust any word that comes from your mouth. Do not criticise any doctor. If the patient criticises any doctor, try to defend or at least keep quiet. The patient who criticises someone today will criticise you tomorrow. If any doctor has committed any mistake do not comment on it. We ourselves make many mistakes unknowingly. Do not make any contract with the patient. Do not give any guarantee to the patient bacause you cannot guarantee even your own life. Do not boast. Let your actions speak. Do not criticise hardly any other system of medicine. Subscribe to good journals and read them. Good books are good investments.Always have a receptive mind Ever be ready to appreciate, learn and understand. Learn from everyone, everywhere. From every source from every incident. Learn, apply and utilise. Life is a glorious opportunity. Utilise the opportunity to the maximum so that we can say at the end as Hahnemann said. " Non inutilis vixi" (I did not live in vain). --Reviewed by Stephen Blendell

Reviewed by Jude Cresswell I am delighted in reading these two volumes and heartily recommend them to reacher and students alike. As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for books that are full of practical experiences with remedies, detailed accounts of cases and insights into philosophy and Materia Medica. We can so easily forget the wealth of homoeopathic experience available from the Indian Lineages as curriculums become more rigidly defined and students are under pressure to read and respond only to the accepted Master voices of Philosophy Kent, Close, Roberts, Farrington, Boger, Allen etc. One of the things I love about Dr. Sankaran s book is that he quotes all of the above and loads more I haven t heard of and brings those gems of advice and perception into focus with case examples and his own conclusions drawn from a long and distinguished career. Twenty six remedies are discussed in the Materia Medica section with examples of cases where the remedy was used and acted curatively, in that wonderful Indian way of giving details of all the tests, the weight of urine passed before a remedy and what happended after great stuff. He not only talks about his observations of how the remedy has worked but gives us some invaluable references to other homoeopaths and their case work experiences. The second section of Volume I is about nosodes, again giving case notes observations and examples. Under each nosode discussed Sankaran gives references, " Tyler said, Powell writes, Cahis said, Allen considers", in the discussion on Diptherinum. In Medorrbinum we are told that Roberts Burnett, Bellokkossy, Hubbard, Sutherland, Boger, Underhill, Leon, baker, all had something of interest to add to our knowledge of the uses of the remedy. The third section is a short introduction to the bowel nosodes, invaluable for any student who has not been taught these remedies. They don t appear in Repertorisation so are often missed in prescribing. The history and value of the provings of the bowel nosodes is clearly a subject for discussion but Dr. Sankaran has used them and devotes a few pages to their history and indications. Sadly no case examples have been included in this section and I would have appreciated some. Next, some provings Adamas (the Diamond), Aqua marina (SeaWater), Atrax robustus (a venomous Australian spider), Hirudo officinalis (the common blood leech), Mimosa pudica, Pituitary, Insulin. Interested? I certainly was. Students at any level would benefit from reading through Sankaran s thoughts on case taking and analysis. In the repertorisation section he gives case examples of particular illnesses, such as pneumonia, emotional diarrhoea and anaemia. Then he gives the rubrics he used in his analysis. He used the eliminative method of repertorisation generally. I photocopied some of the cases, cut and pasted them and then separated the text of the case from the analysis Sankaran had given. The third year students then worked in groups through each of the sets. It was a lively and enjoyable session. I must admit we were puzzled once or twice about the choice of rubrics and couldn t quite see how he had arrived at some of the remedies used, but the cases were all "successful" and as Rajan says in the introduction, his father s knowledge of materia medica was so good that after just a few rubrics he could then make the prescription. don t need to tell you any more I am sure that any student, any teacher and any practitioner no matter how experienced they are well enjoy browsing through these Volumes. Dr.Sankaran has inspired me to go in search of some of his sources and even to go back to India again for another dose of serious experience. --Reviewed by Jude Cresswell

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