Poetry and homeopathy: an exploration
Received30 August 2005
accepted07 October 2005
02 January 2018 (online)
This paper explores a relationship between poetry and homeopathy. It proposes we expand and enlighten our knowledge of the patient and develop our consultation through our experience of poetry. Within each consultation is a poem. Heightened awareness of this and many other aspects can improve the sensibilities of the practitioner and enhance deeper healing of the patient. We are challenged to respond.
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