Science of Homeopathy

Science of Homeopathy

  • George Vithoulkas





Vithoulkas gives a detailed explanation of the methods of diagnosis, and the preparation, administration, and evaluation of homeopathic cures.

He writes in clear, concise language, with ample illustrations, references, and case studies.

331 pp pb


Science of Homeopathy, by George Vithoulkas, was published in 1978.

In this book Vithoulkas has provided a thorough explanation of the theory and practice of homeopathic medicine. This is the best 'textbook' of homeopathy written in the 20th century. Even though filtered through his experience and slanted by Vithoulkas's Kentian perspective it remains an essential work.

In Section One, "The Laws and Principles of Cure," Vithoulkas sets forth the principles of underlying the "vital force," predisposition to disease, and the selection of homeopathic remedies.

In Section Two, "Practical Application," he gives a detailed explanation of the preparation, administration, and evaluation of homeopathic cures.

From the Book

"About twenty-five percent of the physicians in the United States were homeopaths at the turn of the century.

"In The Science of Homeopathy, George Vithoulkas provides an objective and concise treatise of this approach, focusing upon the basic principles and clinical applications of' homeopathy.

"Through the integration of homeopathic and allopathic medicines, a true system of health care can evolve with an emphasis upon the individual as an integrated organism."
Kenneth R. Pelletier PhD
University of California School of Medicine. San Francisco.

Homeopathy, the "energy medicine," is a branch of medical science based on the principle that disease can be cured by strengthening the body's defense mechanism with substances selected for their energy-giving properties.

In homeopathy, derived from the words "homeo" and "pathos," meaning "similar suffering," a cure is selected which, in its crude form, would produce in a healthy body the same symptoms found in a sick person suffering from the specific disease. But this crude substance, selected from herbs, minerals, or chemicals, is diluted and purified beyond the point of harm to its quintessential state of energy.

In contrast to traditional (allopathic) medicine, by which symptoms are treated with toxic drugs which weaken the body, homeopathic medicine aims to change the body's energy levels which lie at the root of disease.

Founded in the nineteenth century by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, for whom Philadelphia's Hahnemann Hospital is named, the practice of homeopathy has, over the last ten years, experienced a resurgence of interest, as more and more enlightened doctors and patients discover the powers of natural curative energies.

In The Science of Homeopathy, George Vithoulkas has compiled a clear and comprehensive text outlining both the theory and practice of this important medicine.

In Section One, "The Laws and Principles of Cure," Vithoulkas sets forth the principles of electrodynamic energy, the "vital force," predisposition to disease, and the selection of homeopathic remedies.

In Section Two, "Practical Application," he gives a detailed explanation of the methods of diagnosis, and the preparation, administration, and evaluation of homeopathic cures. Written in clear, concise language, with ample illustrations, references, and case studies, The Science of Homeopathy is an excellent reference for homeopathic physicians and an informative introduction for the interested lay person.

George Vithoulkas, one of the world's leading practitioners and teachers of homeopathy, is the author of Homeopathy, Medicine of the New Man.


Foreword by William A. Tiller -- xi-xvii
Introduction -- 3-12

Ch. 1 The Human Being in the Environment -- 13-22

Ch. 2 The Three Levels of the Human Being -- 23-24
Ch. 2.1 Mental Plane -- 25-29
Ch. 2.2 Emotional Plane -- 30-33
Ch. 2.3 Physical Plane -- 34-36
Ch. 2.4 The Definition and Measure of Health -- 37-44

Ch. 3 The Human Being Functioning as an Integrated Totality -- 45-57

Ch. 4 Vital Force as Seen by Modern Science -- 58-74

Ch. 5 The Vital Force in Disease -- 75
Ch. 5.1 Basic Concepts of Physics -- 75-78
Ch. 5.2 The Defense Mechanism -- 79-86

Ch. 6 The Fundamental Law of Cure -- 87-93
Ch. 6.1 Samuel Hahnemann -- 94-96
Ch. 6.2 The Proving of Remedies -- 97-98

Ch. 7 The Therapeutic Agent on the Dynamic Plane -- 99-105

Ch. 8 Dynamic Interaction of Disease -- 106
Ch. 8.1 Acute Disease Influence -- 107-109
Ch. 8.2 Suppressive Therapies -- 110-112
Ch. 8.3 Vaccination -- 113-119

Ch. 9 Predisposition to Disease -- 120-138

Introduction to Section II -- 139-142

Ch. 10 The Birth of a Remedy -- 143-147
Ch. 10.1 Preparation for a Proving -- 148-149
Ch. 10.2 Location for the Experiment -- 150
Ch. 10.3 The Experiment -- 151-152
Ch. 10.4 Formulation of Materia Medicas -- 153-156

Ch. 11 Preparation of Medicines -- 157
Ch. 11.1 Initial Preparation of Crude Substances -- 158-160
Ch. 11.2 Standard Preparation -- 161-163
Ch. 11.3 Nomenclature -- 164-168

Ch. 12 Taking the Case -- 169-170
Ch. 12.1 The Setting -- 171-173
Ch. 12.2 Eliciting the Symptoms -- 174-178
Ch. 12.3 Recording of Symptoms -- 179-182
Ch. 12.4 Difficult Cases -- 183-186
Ch. 12.5 Taking the Acute Case -- 187-189

Ch. 13 Evaluation of Symptoms -- 190-194
Ch. 13.1 The Homeopathic Repertory -- 195-201

Ch. 14 Case Analysis and First Prescription -- 202-203
Ch. 14.1 Initial Prognostic Evaluation -- 204-205
Ch. 14.2 Case Analysis for the Beginner -- 206-209
Ch. 14.3 Case Analysis for Advanced Prescribers -- 210-212
Ch. 14.4 Selection of Potency -- 213-216
Ch. 14.5 Single Remedy -- 217-219

Ch. 15 The Follow-up Interview -- 220-223
Ch. 15.1 Time Interval for Scheduling Follow-ups -- 224
Ch. 15.2 Format for the Follow-up Visit -- 225-226
Ch. 15.3 The Homeopathic Aggravation -- 227-229
Ch. 15.4 Evaluation at One Month -- 230-232

Ch. 16 Principles Involved in Long-Term Management -- 233
Ch. 16.1 Fundamental Principles -- 234-235
Ch. 16.2 Application in Particular Patient Categories -- 236-240
Ch. 16.3 Deep Miasmatic Cases -- 241-244
Ch. 16.4 Incurable Cases -- 245-246

Ch. 17 Complicated Cases -- 247
Ch. 17.1 Homeopathically Disordered Cases -- 248-252
Ch. 17.2 Allopathically Disordered or Suppressed Cases -- 253-258
Ch. 17.3 Terminal Cases -- 259-260

Ch. 18 Handling of Remedies and Interfering Factors -- 261-265

Ch. 19 Homeopathy for the Dying Patient -- 266-268

Ch. 20 Socioeconomic and Political Implications of Homeopathy -- 269-272

Hahnemann's Proving of Arsenicum Album -- 273-294
Patient Evaluations at One Month -- 295-322
Index -- 323-331

George Vithoulkas

(1932 -     )

George Vithoulkas was born in Athens, Greece in 1932. He started studying homeopathy in South Africa in 1960. He continued in India at different homeopathic colleges, receiving a diploma from the Indian Institute of Homeopathy in 1966.

Returning to Greece the following year, Vithoulkas started practicing homeopathy and teaching it to a small group of Greek medical doctors.

The therapeutic success of these first doctors so attracted the attention of others that the Athenian School of Homeopathic Medicine was established in 1970. The school, since re-named the Center of Homeopathic Medicine, is devoted exclusively to the teaching of MDs.

George Vithoulkas started teaching classical homeopathy in 1967. In 1971 the first Greek Homeopathic Society was established and a year later Vithoulkas started the Greek journal, Homeopathic Medicine.

In 1976, he organized the first International Homeopathic Seminars in Greece. Since then, international seminars have been held every year, attended by health professionals from all over the world.

In 1994, Vithoulkas opened the International Academy for Classical Homeopathy on the Greek island of Alonissos, its purpose being to provide post-graduate training for health practitioners from all over the world.

Currently, as the Director of the Athens Center, Vithoulkas heads a team of 30 doctors who practice homeopathy while they study under his supervision. He has established homeopathy in Greece as a science respected by the medical profession, and has also made his country one of the leading centers for homeopathy in the western world.

Vithoulkas' books, Homeopathy: Medicine of the New Man (Arco, New York, 1979), written for lay people, and The Science of Homeopathy (Grove Press, New York, 1980), for health professionals, have been translated into twenty languages and have had a profound influence upon the acceptance and practice of homeopathy worldwide.

His book, A New Model for Health and Disease, published in German and English in 1991, makes a fundamental critique of conventional allopathic medicine and sets out a new paradigm for the science of medicine.

He has been an international teacher of classical homeopathy for 20 years. In the year 1996, he was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize for his work in the field of Classical Homeopathy.

From 1987-1991, in co-operation with the University of Namur in Belgium, he worked on creating and programming a highly sophisticated computer system, the V.E.S. (Vithoulkas Expert System) developed for the RADAR computer program. The VES has sold over 1,000 copies and has brought classical homeopathy within the reach of practitioners worldwide. Mr. Vithoulkas has also produced a series of video courses made from his lectures.

George Vithoulkas' overall vision is the establishment of homeopathy on a worldwide basis. A major goal in this vision is the foundation of homeopathic medical colleges in the USA and Europe where homeopathy can be taught at the highest level. Towards this end, a New York branch of the International Academy of Homeopathy has been established,

At present Mr. Vithoulkas is writing a new homeopathic Materia Medica Viva, in 16 volumes, including contemporary knowledge and his own experience from the more than 150,000 cases treated at the Center in Athens. At present six volumes have been published.

George Vithoulkas continues to teach, both in Greece and internationally. As the practice of homeopathy becomes more widespread in many countries, Mr. Vithoulkas is seen to have made a major contribution to its establishment as a science that can substantially benefit human health and welfare.

Major Publications:

  • Homeopathy - Medicine Of The New Man 1970
  • Homeopathy - Medicine For The New Millenium
    Published in May 2000
    This is a new, expanded version of Medicine of the New Man
  • The Science Of Homeopathy 1980
  • Materia Medica Viva 9 volumes
  • A New Model For Health And Disease
  • Talks On Classical Homeopathy
  • Essence Of Materia Medica
  • Homeopathic Conference Esalen
    First edition in English 1980
  • The Bern Seminar 1987
  • The Celle Seminars 1992

Mr. Vithoulkas' website can be found at


The first "modern text."

The author, with major structural help by Bill Gray, MD, pulls together the work of Hahnemann and the work of Kent.

The homeopathy presented is derivative of the thinking of Kent and presents it in the light of "high potency" classical thinkers.

It was the book that served as the introduction to homeopathy for many professionals and shaped the thinking of a whole generation of prescribers.

Reprinted in 1980 by Grove Press.

Julian Winston writes:
Until this book, the only "modern" text was Roberts' Principles and Art of Cure. Vithoulkas' text served as an introduction to many of the newer homeopaths world-wide.

It covered the whole range from the "philosophical" to the practical. But it was all seen through Vithoulkas' modeling, and subsequent generations were taught about the "stacking comes" of the "mental, emotional, and physical" and have been introduced to Vithoulkas' concept of "freedom" as a criteria in "health."

It is important to understand that although many of these ideas had their root in the work of Hering and Hahnemann, the "spin" is decidedly Kentian, with a more modern layer of spirituality applied to that.

It grew out of the times of the late 60s and early 70s where many were looking for spiritual gurus in a world that had seemingly lost itself. The book spoke very directly to those of that generation.

As useful as the book is one should remember that this is homeopathy through Vithoulkas' filters- NOT those of Hahnemann.

The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author