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Organon of the Medical Art [Paperback]

Wenda O'Reilly
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June 25 1996
Based on treating the whole patient rather than isolated symptoms, homeopathy uses minute doses of naturally derived medicine to stimulate the patient’s own life force. Physician Samuel Hahnemann’s pioneering text Organon of the Medical Art, first published in 1810, remains the foundation for all study in this field. Wenda O’Reilly worked with translator Stephen Decker to produce a version of the book that would preserve Hahnemann’s insights while adapting it to the needs of the modern general reader. The book is restructured as a series of chapters and sections, and newly added side notes and footnotes, a contextual glossary, and an index vastly increase the book’s usefulness.

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A new translation of the Organon has been released. This book contains not only a new translation, but also a new format, complete with table of contents, index, and glossary, making the Organon easier to use and understand than ever before.

O'Reilly's adaptation of the Organon brings much more meaning to light. One problem with previous translations is that the reader could never be sure how accurately key words were translated and what exactly Hahnemann meant by them. To address this problem, O'Reilly provides a glossary of terms in which the German word is given along with the definition that applies to Hahnemann's usage.

Even before its publication, it has begun to garner rave reviews. George Vithoulkas, director or the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, has described it as the best translation yet, and the most comprehensive and organized information about the Organon. -- Resonance Magazine, September, 1996

Magnificent. . .a truly impressive piece of scholarship. -- Catherine R. Coulter, Author of Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines

The Organon of the Medical Art is the cornerstone of homeopathy. In it, Samuel Hahnemann takes us on a philosophical journey through the age-old questions of health, disease, and healing, speculates on the ideal system to achieve these ends, and describes the system he found which meets these criteria. Along the way he answers most questions any homeopath could have.

If one were stranded on a desert island with this book, one could develop the unique materia medica that wouold be found on the island, and learn how to apply these substances as healing agents.

This is the translation we have all been waiting for. It was worth the wait and certainly worth the price. Steven Decker and Wenda Brewster O'Reilly have done a great service for the English speakers of homeopathy. A new standard has been set. -- Homeopathy Today, December, 1996 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Conventional Western medicine, working from an allopathic basis, attempts to cure disease by opposing and suppressing its most obvious symptoms. Homeopathic medicine, however, treats the whole patient rather than isolated symptoms. Minute doses of medicines are used to combat disease by stimulating the patient's own life force.

Samuel Hahnemann, the visionary 19th centure physician who founded this system of treatment, distilled his philosophy and practice into The Organon of the Medical Art. Long recognized as one of the most important books ever written on the subject of health, disease, and medical care, the Organon has for many years been required reading for all serious students of homeopathy.

The wisdom of this seminal work is available to contemporary readers as never before, in an English version edited and annotated by Wenda Brewster O'Reilly, based on a definitive new translation by Steven Decker.

O'Reilly has produced a version of the Organon that is faithful to the nuances of Hahnemann's thought yet infinitely more accessible to contemporary readers than were previous edition. She has applied a system of chapters and sections to Hahnemann's text of numbered paragraphs, and her sidenotes, editor's footnotes, and glossary provide the context necessary for a true understanding of the author's meaning. Finally, the inclusion of an index vastly increases the volume's effectiveness as a reference tool.

With the publication of this new edition, the genius of Samuel Hahnemann is brought to light. Now practitioners and patients alike can come to a deep understanding of the revolutionary mode of medical care that is homeopathy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that Will Change Your Life Nov. 2 2001
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Format:Paperback
I did not truly understand homeopathy until I read this new translation, this beautifully and wisely edited edition. The insights I gained reading it I can only liken to religious revelations. I now have an understanding of healing and cure that will guide me for the rest of my life. O'Reilly and Decker have taken a dense work of absolute genius and made it accessible to anyone who wants to understand the meaning of health and the gift of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Decker is a genius Sept. 9 2002
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Format:Paperback
and his translation of the Organon has taken homeopathy and homeopathic prescribing light-years ahead in this work of art, edited by O'Reilly.
After a century or two of misunderstandings of Hahnemann's writings, at last there is a glimpse of Hahnemann's genial gift to mankind. I await further illumination of this medical system from Mr. Decker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The once and future science of Homeopathy Nov. 3 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I frequently return from visits to the family physician with the vague feeling that I am dealing with a very peculiar form of healing. There seems to be little sense of "the ankle bone being connected to the knee bone" in modern medicine. Millions of people have registered their opinions in this regard by visiting alternative medical practictioners. But why does alternative medicine work? What are the dynamics of its very real affects? How does the science of Homeopathy work?
Wenda O'Reilly has given us the definitive translation of the homeopathic bible, The Organon of the Medical Art and a handle on the new metaphysics that needs to be engaged for medicine to become the healing art not just of malfunction but of health. All public health officials and anyone interested in medicine should read this book. This is science rendered into beauty by art.
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I found this to be one of the most comprehensive treatments of Samuel Hahnemann's groundbreaking work. It makes his masterpiece easily accessible even to a novice like me and offers great insight into the original German text. The glossary and index are indispensible additions. The effort Decker put forth in translating the original demonstrates a level of intellecual integrity and precision that even I can recognize. O'Reilly's editorial and organizational prowess is unmatched. Hahnemann would be greatly pleased by their reverant treatment of his work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in homeopathy or alternative medicine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK THAT MADE HAHNEMANN FOR THE INMORTALITY Jan. 21 2001
Format:Hardcover
THIS IS THE ONLY REAL WAY TO LEARN THE HOMOEOPATHY AS A WAY TO CURE, TO CURE FOR EVER A PERSON. NO ONE MAY SAY "IAM A HOMEOPATHIST..." AND HAVE NOT READED THIS BOOK MANY TIMES (AND MUST READ IT FOR THE REST HIS/HER LIFE), BECAUSE ITS A NEVER END BOOK. EVERY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOMOEOPATHY WILL BE FOUND HERE, AND WHAT YOU WILL ASK IN FUTURE IS ALSO HERE...THE SAMUEL HAHNEMANN'S GENIAL BOOK.
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