A brilliant book and a milestone of modern homeopathy. It was the first step to a deeper understanding of the mineral remedies in our materia medica. This is achieved by analysis of the individual components of the salts (such as Calcium, Natrium, Manganum, etc. and muriaticum, carbonicum, bromatum, etc.). Scholten called this method group analysis. If we understand the themes of the individual components, we can predict the qualities of any possible compound using these building blocks. This led to the introduction of many new remedies (for example, Calc-m) into homeopathic therapy. They have since been successfully prescribed worldwide to thousands of patients. This work was the first step to the Element Theory, which is described in Homoeopathy and the Elements."
Review of the book in SSC (the Dutch Homoeopathic Journal) by Frans Kusse:
'When I met the ideas of Jan Scholten for the first time in December 1992, I was surprised: enormous possibilities offered themselves. Now, some months later, having had experiences with these new remedies, I can speak of a fundamental revolution in homoeopathic thinking. The method Jan is offering in his book seems too beautiful to be true, but it works! It is not easy to explain his method briefly, but I shall try to do so with an example from his college in February 1993.
A woman of 30 comes with a variety of complaints, such as allergy to the sun, pain in the right forehead, right-sided sciatica, intestinal troubles, swollen and painful breasts before menses, and fatigue.
Mind: she needs attention, and compliments. 'I didn't dare to ask for attention and got irritated when my husband didn't say anything about my work. My mother had too little time for us and I was the one who managed. I was a big girl'. The theme of 'attention' is found in the Muriaticums, and the 'timidity' and 'insecu¬rity' in the Calcarea's. The remedy: Calcarea muriatica ('desire for attention, but not daring to ask for it'). The woman was cured with the remedy. By analysing different minerals (Calcarea, Natrum, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Baryta etc.) and metals Jan has developed some key concepts for every element. In practice it is possible to make many combinations of these concepts and so find the remedy that fits the patient.
Try to imagine what it means once we have found the key concepts of every ele¬ment of the periodic system...Maybe that is what Kent felt when he said that all remedies could be found in one kingdom (mineral, plant or animal). ...This book gives us the start. We practising homoeopaths now have the job of verifying and expanding this information. It is a huge task and a fantastic challenge.
"Jan Scholten offers us a fascinating way to review our Materia Medica".
Lorraine Taylor, in Homeopathic Links, 1994, no 2
"Jan Scholten has given a brilliant start for an enormous enrichment of our Materia Medica".
Kees Dam, Simillima, 1993, no 2
"This book is a must for all homoeopaths and a revelation for all patients that are interested in homoeopathy".
Albert van Dinteren, in Homeopathic, 1994, no 2