Anatomy, Physiology, & Pathology Course

willteaching_0Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology & the Nature of Disease 
for the homeopathic student & Practitioner

100 direct-contact hours, 50 weeks, offered in five 10-week modules

each week consists of 2 hours of live lecture with additional self-paced and supporting materials –  a total of 100 hours of live (or live recorded) lecture providing an est. 400 hours of live + self-paced study.

I’ve chosen to interweave anatomy, physiology and pathology in this course, rather than present these as if they were separable topics; and to present these as investigations into the operations of the organism as a complex adaptive system in health & disease, rather than taking the more conventional iatromechanical/iatrochemical reductionist/mechanistic approach. One of the great difficulties in presenting a complex system, is knowing where to open it up to begin; as an ability to comprehend one “part” presupposes knowledge of other “parts” as well as appreciation of the whole. My solution is to begin historically, which also permits us to appreciate how these topics were understood by Hahnemann and his early colleagues in the development of homeopathy, at the time of the divergences of both homeopathic and modern “conventional” medicine from the “old-school” medicine of the 18th century.

This course is designed from the perspective of the homeopathic practitioner … with a focus on the discovery of how anatomical, physiologic and pathologic observations can effectively inform our daily practice of homeopathy. At every juncture, materials will be presented in the context of homeopathic practice; investigating the organ and tissue affinities of remedies with case examples, detailing how our homeopathic approaches to observation of the organism can help us to understand the nature of the disease process and effectively inform pathology


Who should take this course? 


  • Those who wish to complete the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology pre-requisites for CHC certification;
  • Those who wish to attend the Academy of Homeopathic Studies online homeopathic training program. This will be the required basic medical sciences portion of the curriculum;
  • Any student or practitioner of homeopathy wishing to expand their appreciation of the organism in health and disease.


This 100 hour course will be presented in 5 modules of 10 weeks each, with breaks scheduled between modules. Modules may be purchased and taken separately, but must be taken sequentially, as content will build upon previous modules.

Each module includes:

20 live contact hours (ten 2-hour weekly webinars)

60 hours individual study time (6 hours of self-guided weekly study)

The course may be attended live, or by participating in pre-recorded, self-paced modules.

With a total 100 hours of direct online instruction in live Webinar sessions*, supplemented by an additional 300 hours of guided Online and Offline self-paced study, this course is designed to exceed the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology requirements prerequisite for CHC certification. (*All webinar sessions will be available as streaming video on our course support site for review by participants at their convenience).

A few of the “live” sessions will be pre-recorded by Dr. Taylor. For those taking this course live, you’ll be able to view these sessions at your convenience, during the week of the scheduled offering.  Your questions, comments and general discussion will be addressed as usual in the online discussion forum.

Your participation requires:

2 hours / week of live or pre-recorded webinar sessions

6 hours / week (estimated) of guided self-paced study, including:

– reading in assigned texts & online references

– online quiz completion

– online forum discussion

– occasional learning-based assignments


Topics will include


  • An introduction to the medical sciences
  • Historical perspectives on medical science – humoral theory, materia pecans, the healing power of nature, nutrition; the medical systems of Hippocrates, Sydenham, Boerhaave, Brown, Hufeland;
  • the births of homeopathy and of contemporary “conventional” medicine in the context of the age of enlightenment and the scientific revolution
  • Mechanism, reductionism, Cartesian dualism, animism, vitalism, and dynamism in historical & contemporary perspective
  • A complex systems perspective on medicine
  • Realms/levels of study of the organism – anatomy, histology, cellular biology, physiology, biological chemistry, behavior, psychology
  • A review of classical anatomy; its roles in initiation of the health professional, and in informing effective therapeutic means
  • A study of the major organ system, tissues, and physiologic processes in health & disease
  • Understanding contemporary medical investigations – radiology, endoscopy, ECG, laboratory testing – what they can tell us, what their limitations are in clinical practice
  • Mind/body dualism; the effect of dualism on contemporary medicine; Hahnemann’s perspective; and a proposed reconciliation
  • The classification and naming of disease; nosological systems past & present; pathological systems of classification; advantages and misadventures in disease naming and classification
  • Infectious disease – germ theory examined historically, in contemporary conventional practice, and in the context of complex systems theory; Hahnemann’s perspective and implications for homeopathic practice
  • Zoonoses and the cultural history and origins of infectious disease; implications for the study of emerging disease
  • Immunology
  • Genetics, heredity, and the evolving field of epigenetics
  • Health & disease of the mind; the impact of Cartesian dualism and post-Cartesian solutions

In 1867, Adolph Lippe eliminated the Chair of Pathology at the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania, asserting that “Pathology teaches us only such symptoms as must by necessity always be present in a given form of disease, are characteristic of the disease only, but do not include, and of necessity, cannot include the peculiar, extraordinary symptoms of every individual.” – prompting Constantine Hering to resign, and found the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia. Lippe’s views may be true of pathology adopted blindly directly from conventional practice, with full adoption of its attendant philosophies and assumptions. But we are not prevented from claiming a more carefully obtained knowledge of the organism in health and disease from being useful to our profession, unburdened by these limiting perspectives. It has been a great pleasure to put together this course on the medical sciences… the course I wish I’d had the opportunity to attend back when I first entered into my medical studies. The “health sciences” are often taught divorced from homeopathic studies, in courses adopted from the conventional western medical perspective; or by revisioning conventional medical material within a generic “alternative” framework. It has often puzzled me that the study of the organism feels to many homeopaths to be somehow outside the domain of our profession, something we might occasionally “borrow” from conventional practice. This course is boots-up, hat-down designed from the perspective of the homeopathic practitioner, with the understanding that the human body is fully properly the domain of our art and science. This is not some dried-out ‘the fibula articulates proximally with the lateral epicondyle of the tibia and terminates distally in the lateral malleolus’ kind of course. We will learn the anatomy. But my mentor in medical school – Larry Weed, the originator of the “SOAP note” and the “problem-oriented record” – emphasized that we should memorize nothing deliberately in our four years of medical school; but focus instead on learning our resources, such that we end up unwittingly memorizing those things we have found the need to look up 30 times or more; but more importantly, knowing where to locate the information on those things less commonly encountered. Our focus, instead, will be on the discovery of how anatomical, physiologic and pathologic observations can effectively inform our daily practice of homeopathy. We will devote some time to learning how we have come to regard the life sciences as we do in contemporary society, from a historical perspective. This is essential knowledge. It is common to regard the march of progress as a progressive movement from primitive ideas to clarity of truth, but there is perhaps nowhere in science where this belief is as misleading, as within the medical sciences. In order to appreciate the nature of our current cultural beliefs and the limitations of current medical ‘understandings’, it is essential to be acquainted with the origins and progressions of our assumptions, beliefs, and models of understanding.




Module 1 

week1 1  – A Brief History of Medicine c.400BC – renaissance Europe  | Hippocratic Dogmatic Medicine | Humorism | Galen on the Circulation

week 2 – Galen to Vesalius & Harvey | The Circulation – the heart, the pulmonary and systemic circulations | Anatomy of the heart, heart valves and valvular disorders, congenital anatomic anomolies of the heart | An introduction to Complex Systems

week 3 – Electrical activity of the heart | An introduction to electrocardiography | Cardiac arrhythmias | Iatromechanism, Dualism; Vesalius to Descartes to Boerhaave; Leiden & Vienna

week 4 The Circulatory System; Vascular Tissues & Pathologies

week 5 the lymphatic system | blood proteins | red blood cells, haemoglobin & oxygen transport

week 6 the respiratory system

week 7 homeostasis, resilience; control in complex systems | the regulation of blood pressure

week 8 asthma | assessment of pulmonary | function type I hypersensitivity | the “heigene hypothesis”

week 9 acute bronchitis. pneumonia, brondhiolitis | antibiotics | antibiotic resistance

week 10 pneumonia,  congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema | pericarditis


Module 2 

week 1 the kidneys | renal physiology – the renal glomerulus | the philosophy of iatromechanism | nephritic/nephrotic syndromes

week 2 renal physiology – the renal tubule | the physiology of transport

week 3 renal pathologies | electrolyte management

week 4 the liver – anatomy & physiology | the hepatic portal system

week 5 diseases of the liver;  viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver | biliary disease | portal hypertension, ascites

week 6 the digestive system – part 1 – structure & mechanics | the enteric nervous system

week 7 the digestive system – part 2 – function & physiology | digestive physiology

week 8 the digestive system – part 3 – function & physiology | digestive physiology | bowel transit | “autointoxation’ & the ileocoecal valve | “small intestine bacterial overgrowth”

week 9 the digestive system – part 4 – gastrintestinal pathology | gastroesophageal reflux, pyloric stenosis, diverticulitis, gastritis peptic ulcer disease, celiac disease / gluten intolerance | “leaky gut”

week 10 appendicitis & the acute abdomen


Module 3

week 1 the immune system, part 1 – innate & adaptive immunity | humoral & cell-mediated immunity | tissue macrophages, dendritic cells | major histocompatibility proteins & antigen presentation | B- & T-lymphocytes; development & maturation | the gut & immune function

week 2 the immune system, part 2 – part 1 topics, continued

week 3 the immune system, part 3 – inflammation the complement system

week 4 clotting / coagulation | atherosclerosis

week 5 the nervous system – overview

week 6 the motor nervous system structure, anatomical organization | spinal reflexes

week 7 the motor nervous system | the muscle spindle apparatus | spinal reflexes | central planning & coordination | myofascial pain & dysfunction

week 8 Parkinson’s Disease

week 9 Connective tissue – cartilage tendon, ligament

week 10 bone – osteoblast/osteoclast activity & regulation | calcium management/regulation | ossification & bone modeling | fracture healing | exercise & bone | osteoporosis


Module 4

week 1 the axial skeleton

week 2 musculature of the axial skeleton

week 3 muscle structure & physiology

week 4 the hip & pelvic girdle

week 5 Skeletal anatomy & musculature of the lower extremity

week 6 the shoulder girdle

week 7 the upper extremity

week 8 Introduction to the Endocrine System | the hypothalamus & pituitary gland | the adrenal gland | the adrenal medulla

week 9 the neuro-endocrine axis | the adrenal cortex | Cushing’s Syndrome | Addison’s Disease | “adrenal fatigue”

week 10 the thyroid | iodine deficiency, cretinism, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,  Grave’s Disease


Module 5

week 1 – the pancreas & pancreatic endocrine hormones | regulation of blood sugar | the sugar/lipid connection | glycemic index | whole grains vs.milled flour | dietary fructose | diabetes mellitus, types I & II

week 2 melatonin & circadian rhythms

week 3 reproductive endocrinology | the menstrual cycle, menarche, menopause

week 4 menstrual & reproductive pathology

week 5 cardiovascular endocrinology

week 6 the gut as a complex endocrine organ

week 7 endocrine – immune system interactions

week 8 genetics, gene expression, epigenetics

week 9 tba / loose ends

week 10 wrap-up & farewell


Participant Comments:

I have been taking your webinars for over a year and I have thoroughly enjoyed studying homeopathy. Your teaching methods are extraordinary. You create so much enthusiasm in a student that is amazing. I am a Family physician in private practice in Houston for over 30 years, I practice homeopathy and I am a student of homeopathy. I am missing Thursday evening class already and looking forward to your future courses.


I am so delighted to have discovered Dr. Taylor as a teacher. He is among the best I have encountered. His depth of knowledge, understanding of disease, and humility make him a joy to learn with. He presents a high bar with his dedication to excellence, which inspires us to reach farther with our own professional development.


I appreciate Will’s tremendous generosity with his time, energy & talent – the time he spends preparing, teaching & participating on the forum is mind boggling.


Awesome Presentation! Will is a masterful teacher – among the best I have experienced, and I have seen many of the prominent teachers popular today.

It is appreciated to have the medical-allopathic take on the pathologies from you – which is a part of why I choose to study with you. (besides that I’ve long thought you are so interesting in a well rounded sort of way)


I adore Will’s presentation style, have had him several times as a teacher at the school I attended. I appreciate his sense of humor and movie quotes. I will listen to him anytime.



Register for the full courseseries (modules1-5); $1400 US; save $100 over purchase of modules individually

Register for module1 (@ $300/ 10-week module); to begin 8.September 2015

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