A handbook for students Teachers and practitioners in Homoeopathy review by Dr ME Prasanth

Book review by Dr ME Prasanth
Former State President IHMA Kerala
Former Editor in Chief- Homoeopathic Medical panorama

The book ‘ A handbook for students, Teachers and practitioners in Homoeopathy ‘ written by Dr. (Prof.) K. R. Mansoor Ali could aptly be named as a reference source in Homoeopathy ; a ready reckoner for anyone to glean an in-depth knowledge in the system of Homoeopathy, especially in India.

As the author has mentioned in his preface, he has truthfully and diligently shared the vast experience he has amassed as a student, teacher and practitioner in this extensive work.

Even while browsing through the ‘content ‘ list, one could realise the effort and hard work he has committed to bringing out this work. The six major sections cover almost all relevant aspects of homoeopathy. His experience as a professor, member of many academic bodies, and also as a well known faculty in the field of case taking and repertorisation reflects well in the section ‘ Reforms in homoeopathic education…’ He never minced words while pointing out the inadequacies and lack of vision and other discrepancies in the highest appellate body of homoeopathy in India. His years of experience as a committed teacher could be seen highlighted in his observations and suggestions for a better curriculum for BHMS and postgraduate syllabuses.

Other sections like Career and placements, Setting up the clinic are highly useful for the beginners of the profession and contain authoritative answers for all frequently asked questions by the juniors. The author has also given the adequate emphasis on the effective and judicious utilisation of the cyber media tools in promoting the clinical practice. The chapter ‘ clinical tips’ selected from his 25 years of busy clinical practice could be useful for the beginners as a stepping stone and as refreshing points for the established practitioners too.

The section on ‘Research’ in fact is a guideline for the PG scholars and research aspirants which extensively covers different dimensions of the research and the simple mistakes the scholars commit starting from the selection of topic for the research onwards.

In the section ‘ Case taking and repertorisation ‘ ,the reader can understand the real passion and dedication of the author. The in-depth analysis of all aspects of case taking starting with the doctor – patient relationship to effective and easy use of modern repertory software in the field reflects the hard work and deep knowledge in addressing each minute points.

The last section ‘ the random thoughts ‘ gives us an interesting reading and insights into many aspects of homoeopathy like the list of important journals, websites interesting statistics, details of Pharma etc.

Dr. Mansoor Ali has also authored a few other books which were also received enthusiastically by the academic community. I am sure this book will definitely become a ‘ must have’ among the students, teachers and professionals who take homoeopathy seriously. I am also sure that this book will ensure the author a prominent place among the stalwarts of Homoeopathy.

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