Synoptic materia medica Vermuelen
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This highly recommended Synoptic Materia Medica, affectionately known as the Silver Book, dawned with a shimmer of light that pierced the darkness of prescribed materia medica reading in 1992.
This is the only copy we have and its out of stock in Europe so at present we can’t get any more!
Until this time, student and practitioner alike had to face the dense impenetrability of 19th century Latinate language to understand their late 20th century homeopathic medical art.
Synoptic MM lightened this lugubrious penumbra with a shimmer of hope as lambent as its silver cover.
The book had originally grown out of Frans Vermeulen’s need to structure the vast amount of homeopathic data into simple, straightforward remedy pictures for students of the Dutch, Finnish and Irish Schools of Homeopathy. He found it dismayingly difficult to compose a coherent picture from fragmentary and often contradictory information.
The following format is used in each remedy picture:
-The top corner of each page displays the remedy abbreviation used in Kent’s Repertory.
-An apposite quotation follows the remedy name. From this you understand the drift of Frans’s feeling for the remedy, and it connects the remedy back to the real world.
-The Latin name, Natural Order and Common names are given. It helps in grouping remedies to be able to identify the family, particularly if you use the Sankaran or Scholten plant family Sensations in case analysis. The common names often give a hint to the Doctrine of Signatures.
-The organ affinities of the remedy are listed under REGION, while the * indicates the side of the body as recorded in the Synthetic Repertory. The affinities, taken from Boger’s Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica, are included, since they can be a deciding factor in a differential diagnosis.
-MODALITIES list the aggravations and ameliorations. These are also taken from Boger. His grading does not always agree with that of the Repertory, however the relationship of the grades to each other gives a good idea of the modalities of the remedy in question. Generally speaking, modalities in the third grade can be considered as generalities, which also applies [but to a lesser extent] to those in the second grade, while, as a rule, modalities in the first grade refer to the amelioration or aggravation of local symptoms.
-The Section on MAIN SYMPTOMS requires little explanation. It is a synthesis of information and knowledge from modern homeopaths and also homeopaths of Kent’s day. Sources are given where necessary. The use of capitals is not to express the grading of symptoms, but to draw the eye to the fact that these symptoms occupy an important place in the total remedy picture.
-Since the similimum is chosen primarily on mental and general symptoms, less attention has been paid to local symptoms, except in the case of remedies where little is known of the mental picture. Here the local symptoms are given as complete as possible, i.e. including concomitants, modalities and, where known, aetiology. This principle has also been adopted in the case of the polychrests.
-The RUBRICS are from the Synthetic Repertory. The grading given in the previous editions of Synoptic One have been removed for easier reading. You can check the grading in a Repertory search. Italics denote the leading search word in the Repertory symptom. E.g. ‘Mental activity alternating with dullness’ will be found under Mind: Activity, mental?. A semi-colon indicates a following sub-rubric of the initial symptom.
-FOOD desires and aversions are listed according to gradation, to enable the reader to see the most important ones at a glance.
-Each remedy picture carries a NUCLEUS. This is based on the extensive knowledge and experience of Frans Vermeulen. You may argue with or add to this information, according to your understanding and experience – there is space left for your own valuable notes.