Ullman D., Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine

Reviewed by Todd Rowe, MD, MD(H), DHt, CCH, RSHom(NA)

Book Review from April, 2004, edition of  HOMEOPATHY TODAY, the bi-monthly magazine of the National Center for Homeopathy (www.homeopathic.org)  
Published by Homeopathic Educational Services, Electronic download from  www.homeopathic.com,   (and regularly updated), $89.95 for one-time download/$99.95 for 2-year subscription. A printout of the e-book is also available.

Recently, I was interviewed by a national magazine on the topic of allergies. They asked many questions about research, and although I could supply them with some references, most were out of date. So I turned to Dana Ullman's new e-book, Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine, and was able to quickly give the writer the information he needed.  

Two weeks later, a new patient's father requested information about the efficacy of homeopathy in the treatment of ear infections (otitis media). His daughter had recurrent ear infections and he was interested in using homeopathy, but was resistant without some evidence of homeopathy's efficacy. Once again I used this e-book and was able to provide up-to-date information on research in this area.  

I have found  Evidence Based  Homeopathic Family Medicine  to be an invaluable tool in my practice. There are a surprising number of clinical studies that have been conducted using homeopathic medicines--many more than we often realize. With the growing desire in the allopathic community for "evidence-based medicine," this e-book fills a much-needed gap.  

This is a book that needed to be written, but was impractical in a standard book format; research changes quickly, making it difficult for any book to stay current. Modern computer technology allows regular and immediate updating of this e-book. Readers may buy either a single download of the book or a 2-year subscription. It comes as a pdf-Acrobat file, which is easily readable in both PC and Mac formats. 

The book is divided into three sections. The first is about 25 pages and provides a solid overview of homeopathy--a useful tool to help explain homeopathy to others.
The bulk of the book is in the second section--about 200 pages. It begins with a brief description of dose and potency. This is followed by more than 100 acute and chronic conditions in alphabetical order. For each condition, the author provides:

  • A "bottom-line" statement that summarizes what research exists on this condition, how amenable this condition is to homeopathic self-care, and whether it is advisable to seek professional homeopathic care.
  • A discussion of the homeopathic approach to treating people with this condition.
  • A listing of clinical trials (both positive and negative) that have been conducted using homeopathic medicines for this condition.
  • A listing of the most common remedies and their indications for this condition.
  • Dose and potency information.
  • A list of other homeopathic books and literature that discuss the treatment of this condition.

The last part of the book is a twelve-page reference section. Here, medicines are listed with their common (vs. Latin) names, and there is a listing of resources, such as homeopathic organizations and books. There is also a list of when each condition section was last updated.  

My biggest concern when I first received this book was that it would be difficult to use. I am not particularly facile with computer books and have found them clumsy. However, I did not find that to be the case with this e-book. Generally, I found it quite easy to get around and to use.
There are bookmarks provided on the left side of each page, and options for rapid scrolling down with the scroll bar and clicking on the arrows at the bottom of the page. Print is easily adjusted to any size that best fits the reader.
Regardless, some readers simply prefer printed books and are not comfortable with computer formatting. For them, a printout of the e-book is now available.

Generally, I am delighted with this e-book and feel it is invaluable. If you want access to the latest homeopathic research, want to treat yourself and your family, and/or want to integrate homeopathic medicines into your clinical practice, I believe you will find this e-book invaluable, too.

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