Miasmatic Prescribing: its philosophy, diagnostic classification and clinical tips.
Miasmatic repertory & miasmatic weightage of remedies, By Dr. Subrata Kumar Banerjea.
Publ.: Allen College Of Homoeopathy
A number of years ago chatting with two surgeons from Calcutta who were working in Castlebar, one of them explained that a famous old homeopathic doctor there had cured his son’s eczema with Thuja and Nat sulph at different times. You may wonder why sycotic remedies were prescribed and not psoric for a disease with itching. My studies in Calcutta told me why. If you, the reader, would like to know then you’ll have to read Dr. Banerjea’s new book!
This is a book which the Homoeopathic community has been waiting for – whether it knew it or not! It’s a nice coincidence that this and Koppikar’s book have been published close together because there is an historical connection. Dr. Banerjea runs the Bengal Allen College in Kolkata (Calcutta) where Koppikar trained 70 years ago (and my humble self studied there in the 1980’s). The college was begun by Banerjea’s grandfather in 1924 after returning from the U.S. where he studied with John Henry Allen. It was from J.H.Allen that the respect for Hahnemann’s discovery of chronic miasms was transmitted. Dr. N.M.Choudhury (you should know his Materia Medica) taught there (and taught Koppikar) after also studying in America. According to S.P.Koppikar, Choudhury was Allen’s favourite pupil and bequeathed him his entire library.
So you can see the tradition that Subrata Banerjea mediates. He stands on the shoulders of miasmatic giants. Nobody understands miasmatic theory aswell as Dr. Banerjea.
This is not a book to read, rather to study and the serious homoeopath will constantly refer to it. Only a small part of the book is in in written format wherein he provides a thorough and detailed treatise of the theory. The largest part is made up of comparative charts. He provides detailed charts comparing the miasms, comparing the miasms in relation to each body part including mind and then in the next section comparing the miasmatic interpretation of many named diseases and then finally a list of the remedies and their miasmatic application. Of course Subrata wouldn’t be himself unless he shared his ancestral tips on miasm. Sadly he doesn’t share any practical application of the miasmatic doctrine despite having a repertoire of cured cases based upon miasmatic prescribing. However, in the introduction he does explain that this book has taken him six years work. In fact I know it’s taken him his life’s work and the work of many lives before him.
Importantly in this book, Dr. Banerjea not only gives a most exhaustive understanding of the cause of chronic disease but clears up misconceptions and explains what Psora is not. This book is not easy reading but Banerjea makes a difficult subject a lot easier.
The other surgeon chatting in Castlebar that night was the Dr. Mukherjee the grandson of a very famous Homeopath in Calcutta; Dr Gan Majumdar. Gan wasn’t his real name but was given to him because Gan means Knowledge. They even named a street after him! Dr. Mukherjee’s mother told me that when she was a child, Dr. N.M. Choudhury cured her of dyphtheria and malaria.
Dr Banerjea contacted me today (28.3.14) with the following update,
‘I like to post you my updated version of “Miasmatic Prescribing” where you will change your mind about:
“… Sadly he doesn’t share any practical application of the miasmatic doctrine despite having a repertoire of cured cases based upon miasmatic prescribing…”
I included an entire chapter on this!’
I look forward to his new edition along with his new book Authentic Cures. In the meantime enjoy a short video of his explanation of miasms.