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‘n=1 The Case study. How can we learn more from them?'
Presentation at the Australian Homoeopathic Association Conference ‘Homoeopathy Evidence & Efficacy’ September 2008, Bondi NSW.
Abstract: A case of successful treatment of a six year old with asthma induced by pertussis infection, is reviewed in the light of a follow-up consultation 20 years later. The patient remained well and had no homoeopathic care during the intervening years. She re-presented with shortness of breath following two bronchial infections, three months apart in the previous winter and spring. A classical approach to the analysis of the new data with the benefit of exposure to the original presentation revealed that the same two medicines that were used 22 years earlier had a role to play in the patient’s recent care.

Similarities and differences are examined in this and the second presentation in 2008. Of note is the greatly reduced number of doses required in order to facilitate healing. It is suggested that a missing link in understanding the relationship of patient presentation and the materia medica data may be found in the individuality of symptoms expressed by provers. 

Further discussion looks at evidence-based medicine and the role that journal reports of case studies perform in other health care disciplines. A relationship is explored between the guidelines for the presentation of the case study and the prevailing philosophical paradigm. Through this window further insight is gained into the homœopathic case studies and the suggestion is made that long duration follow up cases are a necessary
link to understanding both the nature of disease and the nature of ‘cure’ as we understand it.

‘Homoeopathic Treatment of Musculo/Skeletal Conditions`. Homoeopathic Education and Research Association, Melbourne, March, 1995.

‘The Inherent Psuedo Dynamics of the Apparent evolving Miasmatic Constitution.` Two day seminar for the Homoeopathic Education and Research Association, Melbourne, June, 1993.

‘Establishing a Reaction: What does it Mean?` Homoeopathic Seminar, Australian Federation of Homoeopaths, Melbourne, May, 1993.

‘The Homoeopathic Management of Childhood Asthma’. Forum on Homoeopathy in Paediatric Practice. Homoeopathic Education and Research Association, Melbourne May, 1992.

Presentation and Panel Member, ‘Health Networkers Day' on Chronic Illness, Health Education Centre, Barwon South Western Region, Geelong 1991.

‘Homoeopathic Management of Disabled Children`. Homoeopathic Education and Research Association, Melbourne, May, 1990.

‘Allergy, the Sweet Tooth and the Placebo Effect`. C.P.E. Seminar, Australian Natural Therapists Association, Victorian Branch, Melbourne, March 1985.

‘Comfrey: Risk and Benefit` Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 51st Conference, University of Queensland, 1981.

Journal Articles PDF Print


‘Natrum - An Inner View' J. of the Australian Natural Therapists Association Vol 1. No 4. 1984

Abstract: Natrum salts as constitutional homoeopathic medicines are frequently perceived in practice but often missed in the primary consultation. For many constitutional prescribers the Natrum patient presentation has been stereotyped by a strict adherence to the descriptive and detailed writings of early homoeopaths such as James Tyler Kent. The more recent materia medica writings by Vithoulkas taken with the under valued descriptions of Douglas Borland in his books, give further insight into the central core of the Natrum constitution. This will enable a wider understanding and easier perception of the similarity of the central theme of the medicine and the variety of expression of the patient in a clinical setting.

‘The Ferrum Constitutions - A Question of Identity' Journal of the Australian Natural Therapists Association Vol 1. No 3. 1984.

Abstract: The Ferrum salts including the metal itself are not often perceived in a clinical setting. The Repertories and writings of the early masters of homoeopathy are explored to reveal support for the more recently published clinical findings of the Institute of Clinical Research Bombay. This research indicates the usefulness of the Ferrum salts not only in anaemia’s but also in food allergies, false plethora as it manifests in blushing and flushing, and also in the mental symptoms of anger, violence, debility, confusion and incompetence.

‘Calcarea and Magnesia - An Exercise in Perception' Journal of the Australian Natural Therapists Association Vol 1. No 2. 1984.

Abstract: Through a comparative study of miasmatic expressions of Calcarea and Magnesia salts, light is shed on aspects of clinical presentation to enable the constitutional homoeopath to better perceive the Magnesia patient. Differences at the mental level in particular are highlighted. This insight allows the practitioner to separate these often physically close constitutions.

‘‘Homoeopathy - Was Schuessler Right?' Journal of the Australian Natural Therapists Association Vol 1. No 1.1983

‘Comfrey: Risk and Benefit'. Briggs D.R., Ryan K.F.  J. Food and Nutr. 38, 176, 1981.

‘The Determination of Vitamin B12 in Comfrey and Comfrey Products'. Briggs D.R., Ryan K.F. and Bell H.L., Proc. Nutr. Soc. Aust. 6, 148, 1981.


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