Creating Waves of Awareness
Homeopaths of yesteryear's were known to seek help from their peers when confronted with cases that did not move.
Today I find Homeopaths generally hesitate to seek opinion, maybe due to their ego or that they may be considered as incompetent by the patients or by their colleagues and seniors.
I will like to know how prevalent is this concept of seeking help when cases don't move.
Here is an excerpt from my article “Learn from our Failures,” published in SDHA’s Chronicle:
(…Every month we should go through our case papers and make a list of difficult or failed cases and such cases should be presented in the local meetings. Local meetings can also minimize unhealthy competition between doctors practicing in the same area. We will also get an opportunity to discuss about climatic remedies of the area and the selection of genus epidemicus during the outbreak of epidemics. Please remember that even for giving preventive medicines during epidemics we give specific drugs. It will definitely land up in failure. The genus epidemicus should be selected in each area by studying the symptoms of already diagnosed cases. To achieve this goal, doctors in each area should come under a common platform.
Knowledge can be compared with water. When water gets stagnated it becomes polluted easily whereas flowing water is relatively safe for consumption. Similarly, our knowledge will become perverted if we keep it as a secret without sharing with anyone. On the other hand, sharing knowledge with others can enrich it and often we get some new ideas from others.
We refer cases to the specialists whenever we face a diagnostic dilemma or any kind of difficulty in the management of a case. At the same time, most of us never refer cases to other homoeopaths. Remember, in order to get a cure we need to go through some steps like case taking, evaluation, repertorisation, selection of similimum, selection of potency and dose, general management, advices etc. If any one of the above steps is not done properly, we may end up in failure. One doctor may notice a noteworthy point missed by another. Therefore difficult cases should be referred among Homoeopaths. …)
Now we are lucky to have internet and other routes, whereas, our pioneers had only letters that takes decades to reach the destination!
Last sunday of Every month is a day for C.M.E. followed by case discussion of our association in Aligarh,India from the last 12 years.
We have a group of consultants & even during practice we call each other for help. We some times attend cases in their clinics during emergencies & during their outside visits:-)
This month on the eve of Hahnemann Birthday, Dr.Rajneesh Kr.Sharma Administrator of HWC is comming to Aligarh for a lecture"Miasmatic approach to constitutions with their remedy"
Dr Muhammed Rafeeque,
(The genus epidemicus should be selected in each area by studying the symptoms of already diagnosed cases. To achieve this goal, doctors in each area should come under a common platform.)
This is a practical advice & approach & we are on this path with so many findings & results .Thanks.....
Good to hear, that there is a monthly get together of local homeopaths, -- this is the way forward.
i have frequently younger colleques ringing me for advise, sometimes they send case notes and in difficult cases they send patients, just to have the case retaken and worked out by me. Often the practitioner comes along to study my case taking.
I would not take over someone else's cases unless its the wish of patient and practitioner, but rather send my case notes and work- out to the practitioner.
In many cases that was all what was needed, and once there was a direction established again, the cases went well.
Likewise, if patients of mine decide to move to another practitioner, I would hand over my case work.
Very good discussion.
In India I see a problem that homeopaths are very busy and hence unable to make time to visit their colleagues clinic and practitioners reluctant to take their patients to see their colleagues for fear of being considered incompetent by the patient.
But with video recording facility available am sure sharing of case papers and video can help eliminate the need for a personal visit. Technology should be use for benefit. Even HWC is now helping in such collaboration.
Dr. Valerian Mendonca
No body is busy ,if interest is there.There is only need of a system, co-operation & care.
We are blessfull that we have several elders for any time help.
Hans, What I liked of your approach is that you hand over the case papers when your patient wishes to move on to another homeopath. I don't see this happening here in India. I may be wrong. But, there have been times when homeopaths have refused to tell even the last remedy given....
It will be interesting to understand how colleagues from India on HWC think of this....What has been their experience!
Well -- it may become common practice in the future.
The patient paid for the work, -- its his. And also ,-- my case work creates an image of my work for the next practitioner.
having said so -- my records are all hand written. When repertorisation is necessary, its done by hand on the same sheet. There is a new sheet for every visit.
so -- the records may not look great, but they contain all the info to follow my decisions.