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What is there and original is good but....
on 27 July 2013
Often the perception of a book will depend at least in part on the expectations prior to reading it. In my final analysis I have tried to assess the content objectively but the fact remains the I expected a lot more from this book than it delivered. Although it is correctly referenced, the author admits that the main body of the text, the materia medica, is "Adapted from; The Biochemic System of Medicine, Materia Medica by George Carey", one of the earlier publications on the subject. This is fine until one realises that it has no relevance to the title of the book or purported emphasis of facial diagnosis, being in fact general and available from said George Carey or even the Boericke Dewey publication which is superior in every way. The actual facial diagnosis aspect of the book could be fitted in a pamphlet; it is inconclusive, for example some of the symptoms are difficult to ascertain for different skin tones; to take another example a picture of a purported 'symptom' of calc fluor deficiency refers to a picture purported to show "a typical raised wrinkle in the corner of the eye". Perhaps this is discernible to the experienced practitioner but I'm certain I could not discern from the picture what the author is actually referring to. I could go on with further comments but to summarise, the book is nicely laid out, presenting old information in interesting and easy to reference ways albeit somewhat attenuated, the photographs are fairly inconclusive, often repeating the same symptoms while sparse on others and the original content using facial diagnosis is sparse, often vague and inconclusive and unsubstantial. Although having said that, it is interesting but certainly insufficient to warrant the price or extent of the publication.