We are often asked to suggest books for learning homeopathy. Here are some guidelines. Links for online ordering are provided for your convenience. Many of them also include reader reviews and other details.
A very simple introductory text to homeopathy is Dr. Timothy Dooley’s book, Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine. Another very interesting introduction, that covers the field well, is Amy Lansky’s Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy. If you wish to move beyond this level, or already know something of basic homeopathy, then we suggest George Vithoulkas’ excellent book, The Science of Homeopathy.
We want to announce a new book coming out very soon which is a chief reference work for those using homeopathy with animals. After several years of editing and careful adding of reliable additions this veterinary repertory will be invaluable to veterinarians and others working specifically with animals.
Richard H. Pitcairn / Wendy F. Jensen
A modern homeopathic repertory adapted for animal patients, based on Boger-Boenninghausen’s Repertory, with valuable additions from Kent and many others The very first repertory designed exclusively for veterinary use. Of the more than 110 repertories published over the last two centuries*, this is the first that has been carefully constructed to be of special application to veterinary practice. Until now, veterinarians practicing the homeopathy of Hahnemann have used the repertories designed for human beings – Kent’s, Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocketbook, Boger edition of Boenninghausen’s repertory, The Synthetic Repertory, etc.
These are excellent repertories for human use but can be a challenge to veterinarians for two reasons. 1. They contain large amounts of information, such as sensations, types of pains, and specific locations, that only humans can communicate. 2. Some of the most common non-human conditions are either minimally presented or completely absent from existing repertories.
Veterinarians Richard Pitcairn and Wendy Jensen, together with over 45 years’ experience in exclusively homeopathic practices, bring their knowledge of animal conditions and the correspondingly most applicable rubrics to this unparalleled reference work. The Boenninghausen repertory, edited by Boger, was the foundation for the work because of its emphasis on physical conditions and its skillful use of modalities and concomitants that are so necessary in veterinary work. After editing out the non-applicable material, rubrics especially helpful in animal cases were added or enlarged – primarily from Kent’s repertory, but also from other sources including Jahr, Boger, Allen, Hering and Boericke. Extensive cross references were also added to make the discovery of the most similar rubric much easier than ever before. This work, the first of its type, will greatly enhance every homeopathic veterinarian’s satisfaction and success in practice.
* Source: Robin Murphy. “Designing A New Repertory”, The Journal of The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians, Fall 1993, Vol. VI, No. 3, page 22.
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Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide To Natural Health For Dogs and Cats
This is the book by Dr. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn, now in its 3rd edition. The first part of the book is a discussion of foods fed to pets and some of the effects on health from using them. The next section gives alternative recipes and supplements that can be used at home. There are also sections on behavior, traveling, and alternative health care.
The chief topics are:
Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide — The German Edition
Our book as described above has just recently (2012) been translated into German. This is a very quality hard cover copy of 616 pages. The link above takes you to the German publisher. We also have a limited number of author signed copies for $52 + $4 shipping by media mail (US). Let us know if you would like one of these signed copies.
Other languages are available in limited numbers. Check the following listings.
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Dein Hund — Gesund auf natürliche Weise
We have one copy of this book, in hardcover. It is an earlier translation into German of Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide and focuses on the dog apparently.
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Cani & Gatti In Buona Salute — Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide in Italian
We have two copies of this Italian translation done in 1990. You will have to let us know how it reads.
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Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide — in Korean
We have one copy of this book in Korean. Can’t copy the title here as I don’t know the Korean alphabet. It is a hardcover copy
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Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy
Author Amy Lansky tells the incredible story of how homeopathy was used to cure her son of autism. Although Lansky is not a medical professional, she has a Ph.D. from Stanford and worked for NASA as a researcher. She has more than enough scientific training to provide a compelling and easy to understand description of how homeopathy can be used to treat ‘incurable conditions’ like autism. Along with this compelling testimonial, Lansky provides an in-depth account on the history, philosophy and practice of homeopathy, as well as dozens of other testimonials on the power of homeopathy in curing various health problems… Impossible Cure covers all aspects of homeopathy from how it was developed to supporting research available today, including a guide to current homeopathic resources, and interweaves fact with the personal experiences of many people. The result is an introduction to homeopathy that stands out from the rest and is appropriate for anyone interested in homeopathy, whether they are at the beginner or professional level. There is also an entire chapter devoted to reviewing the scientific evidence supporting the validity of homeopathy. This chapter should help reassure skeptics. Also useful is Lansky’s use of sound evidence and personal insight to share her unique perspective on why homeopathy is a worthy alternative to traditional medicine. After two decades working as a computer scientist, Lansky was so moved by her son’s healing that she left her career to become an advocate and practitioner of homeopathic medicine. Her enthusiasm, belief and knowledge in homeopathy comes through in her writing and serves as an important guide on how and why homeopathy is a truly effective way to overcome chronic disease and restore mental, emotional and physical health.
–Review from Dr. Mercola, Mercola Newsletter
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Written by a medical doctor and a well-known homeopath, who has authored several books on the subject, this revised and expanded edition is a good introduction to the theory and practice of homeopathy. Intended for the lay reader, the bulk of the book details self-treatment options for common ailments. The authors take great care advising patients when professional medical intervention is warranted. For most consumer collections.
- Review from Library Journal
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Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
This book by Dr. Timothy R. Dooley, is a gem of a book. Dooley’s writing style is informal, conversational, and easy to read. Amazingly, it is mostly jargon-free with the history and philosophy woven throughout in colorful threads rather than delivered in dry, dusty chunks. The explanations are succinct and beautifully digestible. Dooley answers every question I have ever been asked about homeopathy–and many more–while describing virtually every aspect of homeopathic treatment. The chapters are sprinkled with memorable stories, anecdotes, and case histories that are invariably vivid, interesting, humourous, or entertaining–sometimes all at once. This book reminds me of my favorite teacher, who entertained and instructed in equal measure.
- Review by Miranda Castro, FS Hom, Mothering Magazine, Summer 1997.
Dana Ullman, one of the leading advocates of homeopathic medicine, has produced a comprehensive, lucid introduction to this branch of complementary medicine, covering the history and the philosophy of homeopathy as well as scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness for a variety of conditions. A detailed discussion of the effectiveness and the limits of homeopathy in the treatment of infectious disease, allergies, chronic diseases, psychological conditions and dentistry, as well as its applications in pregnancy and labor, women’s health, pediatrics and sports medicine follows.
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The Homeopathic Revolution
What do Mark Twain, David Beckham, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Mother Teresa have in common? All have been enthusiastic fans of homeopathy, the alternative medical tradition that treats like with like. Homeopathy has an incredible history of support by many of the most respected people of the past 200 years, and modern science is finally catching up. In The Homeopathic Revolution, Dana Ullman blends vivid personal stories and quotes from these and other luminaries from a variety of eras and fields with a new definition of homeopathy as nano pharmacology one that will help people, including skeptics, start to understand its value. After explaining why conventional medicine is inadequately scientific, why homeopathy makes sense and works, and why it is so threatening to conventional medicine and drug companies, Ullman lets legends like Coretta Scott King, Cindy Crawford, Bill Clinton, Vincent Van Gogh, and other practitioners weigh in on the subject. By writing about homeopathys heroes and telling their stories, Ullman is able to reference and describe important scientific studies in user-friendly language that verifies the value of this widely used but still misunderstood tradition.
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The Science of Homeopathy
This is an excellent exposition of the practice of homeopathy by one of the leading practitioners and teachers today. It is not an introductory book, but is a very useful followup to Flat Earth Medicine for example. It clarifies much of the conceptual framework necessary to understand this wonderful art.
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Homeopathic Care For Dogs and Cats
This book, the first book written by an American veterinarian specializing in homeopathic medicine, teaches the average consumer how to use natural remedies to treat common, acute, and chronic problems in cats and dogs. Hamilton covers digestive complaints, skin diseases (including flea irritation), respiratory disorders, urinary diseases, mouth, teeth, and gum problems, ear pain, musculoskeletal ailments, injuries and traumas, and psychological and behavioral problems. He also addresses several issues that cannot be found in any other book on veterinary medicine including how to treat hyperactive cats and dogs, how to differentiate between true healing and suppression or palliation of a disease, and the dangers of veterinary vaccination.
“In this book, (Dr. Hamilton) carefully and clearly lays down the essential knowledge needed to use homeopathy successfully. To read this book is to prepare you to help your animal with the many day-to-day vicissitudes of life . . . take some time, read this book carefully, and learn of one of the greatest discoveries in the history of medicine. We are fortunate to have a healer of Dr. Hamilton’s stature take us on this journey.” — From the foreword by Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. author of Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.
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Organon Of The Medical Art
The is the book by the founder of homeopathic medicine, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, that gives exact and detailed directions in how to practice this discipline. This edition, edited by Wenda O’Reilly, is the most approachable, but still is suitable only for the serious student. It is for study and learning, not a light read, yet highly recommended. It is our guide to practice.