How did Kent manage his followups?
The final assignment
I have been busy discussing the last assignment with my class this year. This is one of my favourite assignment where my final year students present homeopathic case studies based on a strategy of their choice. And right now I have just finished reading a long email from one of my students about this assignment.
She had been looking at some followups of Kentian cases from a journal because her presentation was on Followup and Secondary prescriptions in long term chronic cases.But somehow she was very frustrated. Because what she learnt in theory in the Organon was not exactly what she could see happening in the actual followups of those clinical cases.
Hence she had lots and lots of questions on repetition of the medicines, making changes in prescriptions when the picture was shifting and so on...
Learning from an actual casestudy.
Now the reason I love this assignment is because I am personally a big fan of learning strategies from real case studies rather than a theory book. This is exactly how I learnt my homoeopathy. It was either from observing patients in a clinic or looking at actual cases studies or lesser writings of Boenninghausen, Boger, Kent, Nash and so on. I admit I learned more about real Hahnemannian homoeopathy from his Paris cases rather than the Organon…
But learning from cases is a bit different than learning from an actual book. There is no direct information. You need to read in between the lines and scan through a lot of cases to find the pattern behind the process. So no single case can tell you the whole story.
So in this video I want to share learning from cases.To help my student in the process I have chosen a long term chronic case by Kent himself. And I am going to walk you through the case and share my reasoning and insight for every action that he takes during the followup management.
Now while I do not claim that every reasoning or insight I share is exactly what he had in mind and nor do we have an answer for every decision he made, but I am sure this case will provide you much more clarity on the practical aspect of the Kentian followup process and provide immense food for thought that no theory book can ever do…
So to simplify this casestudy, I have broken the followups and created a flow chart for this case. The symptoms are all in blue, the prescriptions are in red and my insight and reasoning is in black.
So this was my take on certain aspects of the case that I found interesting. But I would love to know what are your thoughts about this case. What do you think about his decisions?
Please share your inputs in the comment section below..