Appearance and Circumstance
Printed in Australia, paper back, 286 pagesISBN1877029475
Size150 x 230mm
From the cover:
Building on the view that miasms are genetically inherited influences, the author discusses how each miasm will dominate physical structure, pathology and mental outlook. Recognising the lifetime influence of a miasm helps to explain the events and circumstances that surround us. Understanding that every individual is dominated by one of the miasms, the author has identified facial features and matched them to each group; these can be used as clinical aids. Themes, together with facial features, enable a practitioner to recognise the dominant miasm of the patient. 'Appearance and Circumstance' contains explanations and facial charts to aid the homoeopath in utilising these concepts. Facial feature identification can be incorporated into any current case-taking method.By the end of his life, Hahnemann regarded himself as a miasmatic prescriber and made a clear distinction between this method and symptom prescribing only. The further he examined the miasm theory, the more convinced he become that miasms are the key to understanding chronic disease, and unlocking a case. 'Appearance and Circumstance' continues this work.
From the VCCH website:
After 12 years of research, Hahnemann presented his theory regarding the origins of chronic disease - the miasms. Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis were triumphs in Homeopathic understanding.
Extending on Hahnemann's original idea of three primary miasms, Appearance and Circumstance details the development of the complex miasms - Tubercular, Syco-Psoric, Syco-Syphilitic and Cancer, as well as the three primary miasms.
Knowing that miasms are genetically inherited influences, the author discusses how each miasm will dominate physical structure, pathology and mental outlook. Recognizing the lifetime influence of a miasm helps to explain the events and circumstances that surround us.
Understanding that every individual is dominated by one of the miasms, facial features have been identified and matched to each miasm. Appearance and Circumstance contains images of these facial features and polychrests categorized by miasm.
By the end of his life Hahnemann regarded himself as a miasmatic prescriber and made a clear distinction between this method and symptom prescribing only. The further he examined the miasm theory, the more convinced he became that miasms are the key to understanding chronic disease and unlocking a case. Appearance and Circumstance continues this work.
Appearance and Circumstance has been welcomed by homeopaths around the world (see testimonials) as being a fresh and innovative way of using miasmatic understanding to find better remedies for our patients. The knowledge (gained from patients) of the themes and behaviours within these miasms has again validated why homeopathy is not only a true medicine of natural law but also a medicine covering all human experience. The understanding of human behaviour provided by the miasms has been an extraordinary journey of richness and clarity. It is a journey that continues to unfold the mysteries of human nature and delight both patients and practitioners alike with improvements in health and wellbeing.
About the Author
Grant Bentley is the principal and senior lecturer of the Victorian College of Classical Homeopathy (VCCH). Since 1999 Grant has researched the genetic link between Hahnemann's miasm theory (1828) and facial structure. He has written three books.
Appearance and Circumstance (2003)
Homeopathic Facial Analysis (2006)
Soul & Survival (2008)
His research and development resulted in a new clinical method called Homeopathic Facial Analysis (HFA). Soul & Survival presents clinical observations in relation to the social behaviour within each miasm (the survival instinct) and facial analysis. Grant Bentley has trained all the HFA practitioners in Melbourne. Soul & Survival is written specifically for patients with no homeopathic jargon to help them better understand homeopathic principles. It is intended to bring more patients to our clinics by explaining the universal principles that link energy to miasms (our survival instinct) and personal behaviour.
Grant has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, USA and Europe. His first two books have been translated into Russian.