VITHOULKAS, George – Vithoulkas Expert System
What is an Expert System?
An Expert System is a set of rules that reproduces the thinking of an expert in a given field. It not only recalls data with 100% accuracy, it also processes and evaluates that data according to the methods of the expert.
The Vithoulkas Expert System (VES) duplicates George Vithoulkas’ unique thought process in symptom analysis and remedy selection, working with the Synthesis repertory in Radar. It is based on all the principles and concepts George Vithoulkas applies successfully in his practice and teaches through his lectures. As a general rule, the VES considers mind symptoms to be more important than local ones. But there are cases in which it may ignore such symptoms in favor of some prominent local keynotes. Many different principles and possibilities are used to decide when this particular decision is applied.
How does the VES support the homeopath in practice?
• The homeopath doesn’t have to pre-select particular symptoms before using the VES. The VES takes care of this itself by using ALL the symptoms and selecting the most appropriate rubrics.
• Every time you add a new symptom, the VES re-evaluates the whole case and gives you a full, completely new analysis.
• With each case you can compare your analysis with the suggestions of the VES and develop a deep understanding of advanced case analysis.
• The VES interprets a homeopath’s input to suggest which remedy questions should be asked, and it further orients their study of materia medica.
• The VES will interpret the selected information and suggest questions for the practitioner to ask the patient during the consultation, questions related to the specific remedies the system has “in mind”.
• The VES then arrives at just one, possibly surprising, result. That result takes into account ALL the patient’s symptoms and is based on a consideration of ALL the remedies – whether they are the better known polychrests or a rare remedy which figures only once in a rubric.
• The VES provides tremendous benefits in the decision making process during actual case taking and also later during the analysis of your patient.
With the VES, George Vithoulkas can help you find the correct remedy in even the most difficult cases. It is like having this brilliant homeopath standing over your shoulder giving you pointers on your cases. Other programs, even those called an ‘expert system’, may present a large number of equally indicated remedies, thereby confusing the homeopath.
The VES suggests the remedy for each case.
Track record: going beyond human reasoning
“As for the Vithoulkas Expert System, words fail to describe the instruction, learning, precision, and results that it leads you to.” — Andrew Ward, RSHom.
Since the day of its release, the VES has been used by many thousands of homeopaths in their day-to-day practice – and from the beginning it has received highly enthusiastic, and even astonished reactions. The VES regularly finds real and unexpected cures, even in the most desperate cases. This astonishment is commonplace at Professor Vithoulkas’ seminars, where this first-ever homeopathic Expert System consistently demonstrates a high level of accuracy in its remedy suggestions. In its first public presentation at the August Alonissos seminar 20 years ago, the VES gave the correct answer in all cases. It astonished everybody by indicating Kreosotum, which cured the acute toothache of one of the people present.
The VES correctly analyzed some extremely difficult cases – illnesses which had already been given several homeopathic remedies and allopathic medicines with no cure. There were times when the program produced suggestions that George had not thought of, and those suggestions proved correct.
No one present at these seminars could remain indifferent in the face of such overwhelming evidence. The word was out – there is something powerfully different about this homeopathic program.
How was VES created?
“The VES represents a culmination of seven years of preparatory work and two years of intensive collaboration between Professor Vithoulkas and our team of computer programmers at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Namur, Belgium where we analyzed numerous cases using George Vithoulkas’ years of experience with thousands of cured patients.” — Professor Jean Fichefet, Dean of Department of Computer Sciences University Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur Belgium.
George Vithoulkas describes the process:
“The team of homeopaths and software programmers started by taking a case of mine and asking why I prescribed remedy X and not Z, or T or M. I explained that certain points featured in the case more strongly than other points did. They wrote down what I said and then translated my thinking into mathematical formulas. This went on until we had created thousands of rules and sub-rules. Then we worked further to refine each rule until it was as precise as it could possibly be.”
Accurate – Beyond all anticipation:
In fact, the system is so powerful that George Vithoulkas uses it himself. By employing this invaluable tool, his own success in prescribing has increased from the 80% – 85% level to an astounding 90% – 95%. “On numerous occasions I put the symptoms into the computer and VES will say: Why not consider remedy X? And then something amazing happens inside my mind – as if lightning has struck. I realize that VES is finding possibilities I had not thought of. When I investigate the program’s suggestion, it turns out to be the simillimum! I am extremely pleased with VES. It will help any practitioner in the case-taking and case analysis process.“
It has always been my purpose to contribute as much as possible to the art and science of homeopathy. In my lectures, books and now in this repertory program I have placed my greatest efforts into providing the most useful, reliable and worthwhile knowledge. In this way, homeopathy will grow in a healthy way. Humanity will benefit and the next generation will have great teachers to expand on what has come before. With all that I have accomplished, I can say that the Vithoulkas Expert System represents the greatest contribution I’ve made to homeopathy.