This work forms the second volume of commentaries on Samuel Hahnemann’s Organon. And what impresses me about Dr. Bhatia’s work in this regard is his ability to take Hahnemann’s visionary work and make it relevant to our times. This relevance is not only for the specifics of homeopathic practice; Dr. Bhatia’s writing ability and encyclopedic style creates a fascinating and intriguing framework that makes you want to read more. He succeeds in giving both historical contexts as well as the motivations of what drove Hahnemann’s great creative force, understandings and even shortcomings.
Since this volume is on Aphorisms 72 to 145, its urgent modern significance becomes very apparent. It starts with a modernized perspective of Hahnemann’s assertion of how disease develops, not only in an individual way but also in the manner of greater societal and natural forces. Dr. Bhatia’s commentaries expand this understanding of infectious disease in a much larger and modern context. This includes a deeper discussion of miasms that is congruent with my understanding of the subject. The comprehensive nature of both Hahnemann’s work and Dr. Bhatia’s commentary on disease development also reminds us of the deficient understanding by conventional medicine of infectious contamination, and its impact on chronic disease when the infective agent no longer remains.
Dr. Bhatia gives us a modern insightful clarification of Hahnemann’s aphorisms of the “how” of practicing homeopathy with integrity. The key being the word is integrity- I very much liked his advice about how to make a modern practice have the values that Hahnemann emphasized.
Dr. Bhatia reflects Hahnemann’s thoroughness and expands on case taking in a most comprehensive way such that each detail is discussed in an approach that is interesting and pertinent. These discussions elucidate Hahnemann’s case taking procedures but are described in such a way that you can immediately access the “unprejudiced observer” mode that is necessary for a successful taking of the case.
From prejudice in case taking to how to formulate questions effectively, to the prescription of singular remedies- each detail is comprehensively described but not in a pedantic way. It thus forms a very important learning tool for acquiring the ability to practice effectively.
The other aspect of this set of Organon aphorisms include a treatise on the value, nature and method of Homeopathic Provings, preparation of remedies, and much more in regards to the fundamental nature of homeopathic remedies. Again, these topics are all discussed in a practical and creative method.
I found that the commentaries for these aphorisms to be thorough, accomplished, and yet exceptionally accessible. All in all, this is a welcome and impressive bridge between Hahnemann’s original work and our contemporary practice.