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This book addresses the topic of homeopathic cardiology, a field which is a black box to many homeopaths. How many homeopaths understand the meaning of a “bruit de souffle”; or the full ramifications of a systolic versus a diastolic heart murmur? And when it comes to physical examination of the heart, even conventional medical physicians are losing their touch. Medical doctors have become so reliant on technologies such as the echocardiogram and the x-ray that they have lost much of their familiarity with the subtleties of heart sounds.
In the journal Current Problems in Cardiology, 2008, the cardiologist Michael Chizner wrote an article entitled “Cardiac Auscultation: Rediscovering the Lost Art.” Chizner wrote, “When used properly, the stethoscope remains a valuable and cost-effective clinical tool that often enables many well-trained and experienced cardiac auscultations to make a rapid and accurate cardiac diagnosis with fewer if any additional studies.” Medical educators have been wringing their hands over this issue for the past several decades. Doctors are losing their skills.
Homeopaths of the previous century did not make use of technologies such as echocardiograms, catheterization labs, or x-rays for heart assessment. They assessed their patients by history and physical examination alone, and as a result, they understood the subtleties of cardiac examination better than most practitioners today. Classic sources such as Hering’s Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica and Clarke’s Diseases of Heart and Arteries are replete with references to cardiac physical symptoms — rubrics obtained by stethoscope, by examination of the pulse, and so forth. These cardiac and circulatory rubrics are not merely heirlooms from the past. They are keys to better homeopathic analyses and to more accurate homeopathic prescribing.
This book covers topics such as cardiac anatomy and embryology, physical examination of the heart and blood vessels, the categories of heart disease, homeopathic rubrics for the heart and circulatory system, and relevant materia medica. The book explains the many technical rubrics in our classical sources, as well as the medical thinking process used by those homeopathic masters. It covers topics ranging from coronary artery disease to valve disease, to arrhythmias, and more. With its combination of homeopathic science and conventional science, this book is unique — there are no other books quite like it.
Homeopaths have a history to be proud of when it comes to understanding the heart. Throughout the 20th century, conventional medical practitioners were treating men’s and women’s coronary artery disease as if it were a single entity, but were meeting with limited success, especially in women. Meanwhile, as early as the 19th century, Hering was observing important differences between men’s coronary heart disease and women’s coronary heart disease – an area which is considered to be an exciting new avenue of medical research in the 21st century.
In the last part of the book is a section on materia medica for common remedies, and a section in which the author explains various published cases in greater detail. The goal is to provide the reader with foundational tools for cardiac examination, or else to build on the skills that the reader already has.
Even for those who do not intend to perform physical examinations of the heart for their homeopathic evaluations, there is much to be gained from the book.
Dr. Janice Block is a medical doctor, homeopath, and integrative physician with over 20 years of experience in clinical medicine. She has a special interest in the areas of overlap between homeopathy and conventional medicine.
In addition to her duties as a conventional medical doctor and pediatrician, Dr. Block practices homeopathy in Kupat Cholim Leumit, one of the four public healthcare baskets in Israel. Dr. Block is the official Leumit homeopathic doctor for the greater Jerusalem area.
Dr. Block received her M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine and her M.D.-A.M. from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines. She completed additional advanced training in homeopathy through the Segula Academy in Zichron Yaakov, Israel.
Dr. Block is board certified in Pediatric Medicine through the Israeli Ministry of Health, and in Classical Homeopathy through the Israeli Society for Classical Homeopathy. She holds diplomas in Medical Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is certified in Naturopathy through the American Naturopathic Certification Board.
Dr. Block writes a column on homeopathy and complementary medicine for Connections Magazine, Israel, and is a regular speaker for the Whole Health Forum in Jerusalem. Dr. Block lectures on topics ranging from homeopathy to herbs and nutrition, to medical hypnotherapy, and more.
“Dr. Janice Block’s Cardiac Examination in Homeopathy is a truly excellent model for a 21st century textbook in homeopathy. Dr. Block reviews the most common types of heart disease, provides an excellent summary of the symptoms of the diagnosis for each condition, and then translates the 19th-century words from old homeopathic books into modern language in order to better help find the correct homeopathic medicine for cardiac patients. She provides a symptom-by-symptom listing of common and idiosyncratic heart symptoms and the homeopathic medicine (or medicines) that are known to help to heal the person with the syndrome of symptoms that match its toxicology. She then provides a materia medica of the leading homeopathic medicines that are commonly indicated for today’s patient with heart disease. I have been waiting a long time for high quality modern homeopathic textbook that helps bring homeopathy into the 21st century…and this book clearly fits this high standard.”
—Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, author of 10 books on homeopathy, including “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines,” and the ebook “Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine.” He has also authored chapters on homeopathy in four medical textbooks, including two published by Oxford University Press. His work can be found at: www.homeopathic.com
“I love this book. It is exactly what homeopaths need now to return to the source of being practitioners of medicine.”
—Joe Rozencwajg, NMD, author of multiple books on homeopathy and natural medicine, including “Organotherapy, Drainage, and Detoxification,” and “Fibonacci Potencies. The Famous Final Words…For Now”