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Emlyn Thomas. (Pp 337; soft cover; £25.00.) Beaconsfield, Bucks: Beaconsfield Publishers, 2000. ISBN 0-906584-48-5.
As a physical education teacher and trampoline coach currently travelling around the world, I found this book a welcome fuel injection for the brain.
Homoeopathy and other complementary therapies are fields of knowledge in which I have always had a general interest. However, formal education has in some way prevented my ability to look beyond the sphere. This book has given me a starting point and an insight to the value of homoeopathic remedies. It has convinced me that there are other options to consider when an injured athlete is not responding effectively to medical treatment.
Emlyn Thomas cleverly emphasises the important link between the physical and mental traumas incurred by an athlete. I found his holistic approach to recovery both inspiring and logical. For the modest PE teacher there is a lack of certainty involved in making an accurate diagnosis of injury.
The Materia Medica, while having content and specificity, was a bit beyond my comprehension using third form Latin. Like most new skills, it would require a fairly steep learning curve to understand and apply this new depth of knowledge to the rehabilitating patient.
Homoeopathy for sports, exercise and dance is a comprehensive, well sequenced document. The content is informative and accessible. There is a bonus section, which offers remedies for everyday health problems from asthma to sciatica. Considering the scope of information in this book, coaches, sports therapists, athletes, physiotherapists, and others in related fields may find something of value.
I would not have purchased the book myself, but I am sure that I will be consulting it—even if it is only for altitude sickness in the Rocky Mountains or sleeplessness in Seattle. It may even be the start of a new direction in my career. At the moment it will stay in my backpack and come around the world with me.