the deadline for submitting the solution of the prize case has passed, so it's time to announce the results. First, the good things. The happy winner of the prize, as determined by random drawing, is Christine Wyndham-Thomas of United Kingdom. Congratulations! (A true random number generator at random.org was used for the drawing.)
Next, some statistics:
- We have received a total of 42 eligible answers, 10 submitted by students of homepathy.
- The remedies most selected, ordered by count, descending order: Bryonia alba (14; 33.3%), Belladonna (10; 23.8%), Glonoinum (10; 23.8%), Cinchona officinalis (2; 4.76%)
- The remedies selected only once: Apium graveolens, Camphora officinalis, Gelsemium sempervirens, Magnesium phosphoricum, Natrium muriaticum, Sepia
- 69% of people (29 out of 42) were 90% or more sure they got the remedy right. This is kind of amusing and alarming at the same time, given the fact that the most selected remedy (which is not even close to the correct solution) was selected by only 33.3% of people. Only 12% have stated they are 50-80% sure about their choice and NO ONE had less than 50% confidence in their solution.
- About a quarter of people had mistaken this case for a fast draw competition, stating they knew the remedy immediately upon reading the case. More than 90% of them were wrong.
The interpretation of these results is not difficult. Whatever the correct solution, there was no remedy selected even by a simple majority and this was an easy acute case, which was presented to you (instead of you taking the case on your own) and you knew beforehand that the remedy can be found. The real life situation is much more challenging and with these results in view, what would be the success rate even in acute cases? 10%?
I have always felt that each time I make a prescription, I am REPRESENTING homeopathy and for me, this is a gnawing responsibility. Homeopathy is judged by the success of their practitioners, so if we wish it to thrive, we need to make a most serious effort to achieve the best expertise we can. On the other hand, homeopathy is DIFFICULT to practice, even with the softwares currently available. Much better tools could be created, if we can only find the will and resources to make it happen. In the mean time, you can read my solution of the case.
Question for André Saine
Q: What specific titles of materia medica / repertory do you find most reliable and recommend them for study and practice? Do you personally use a repertory in your own practice?
A: Before the advent of portable computers, whenever I had to bring only one book of materia medica (MM) for home visits or traveling, I most often chose T. F. Allen’s Handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics. However, computers with efficient search programs... Read the full answer »
Do you have a question of your own? You can submit it here.
Recommended article – the essentials for becoming a homeopath
The homeopathy of the 19th century was quite replete with great personalities, especially on the American continent where even many of the great German homeopaths chose to stay, for one reason or another. Today, there is a great lack of such masters who could lead and inspire by their example, and even if there are some, their voice is RARELY HEARD. Instead, the majority inclines to listen those false prophets who satisfy their love of ease.
Still, we can get inspired by the masters long gone, who left us many a treasure in their writings. Constantine Hering was one of them and his introductory lecture at the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, despite being delivered almost 150 years ago, holds true for us today. Read the article here. »
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