Keynotes of Homoeopathic Materia Medica (Vol- I)

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Item Code: NCZ074
Publisher: Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2021
Pages: 168
Other Details 8.50 X 5.50 inches
Weight 250 gm
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All the copies of first edition have been sold within a short span, and there is a constant demand that indicates its popularity among homoeopathic fraternity, especially students. The first edition was published with aim to impart authentic, handy and systematic information of keynotes of remedies. This edition has following additional features:

• Introduction has been revised and given in all drugs.

• A glossary of difficult, uncommon and medically important terms is added.

• Formatting has been changed wherein "additions" from other sources have been given separate fonts.

It is hoped that readers will find this edition as an interesting and educational piece of work. A feedback will encourage us in taking up more of such endeavours.

Council profoundly acknowledges the insightful contribution of all the experts and the support of ministerial staff at headquarters in completing this novel work.


The term 'Keynotes' was first introduced in the homoeopathic literature by Dr. Henry N Guernsey, while teaching homoeopathic Materia Medica in the Hahnemann Homoeopathic Medical College, Philadelphia during 1871-73. He was of the opinion, and justifiably so, that to give the homoeopathic Materia Medica, anywhere near that can cover all the symptoms of each remedy would require at least three consecutive courses of lectures, each course to be of not less than six months long, still would barely cover the subject. His aim in teaching the 'Keynotes' was to present enough of the outline and leading characteristics of a drug, to turn the student's mind in the direction of the proper remedy, when he shall be engaged in practice and prescribing for the sick. During his lectures, he would draw the attention of his students to these characteristic keynotes and the finer shades of difference between remedies which more or less resembled each other and would explain how to distinguish between them through numerous illustrations.

Later on, Dr. Henry C. Allen took these keynotes to their fullest glory. While teaching the subject at the Hering Homoeopathic Medical College, US, around 1898, like Guernsey, he was very particular that the first step in the study of homoeopathic Materia Medica must be taken correctly with the help of these 'keynotes and characteristics'. In his view, it was a straight pathway for the study of our vast Homoeopathic Materia Medica and through these Keynotes, a student would have a comprehensive view of it, and understand its application in practice.

However, attention to its deficiencies, shortcomings etc. are also drawn by many students, practitioners, teachers, educationists and planners of homoeopathic education in our country. It is but natural by seeing its year of publication, there are many terms used in the book that have become obsolete now, lacking in latest important clinical data, omissions of some characteristic symptoms of certain medicines , its silence about the pharmacopoeial data etc.

Need for writing another Keynote Matreria Medica, taking the salient features from the available Keynote Matreria Medicas and incorporating information on pharmacopoeia) data etc, has been felt, tailoring it to suit to the requirements of our syllabi of undergraduate courses in Homoeopathic Materia Medica.

The bulk of the Keynote symptoms of this book is taken from H.C. Allen's Keynotes. The sources from which additional symptoms have been taken are: Hering's Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica, Hahnemann's Materia Medica Pura, J.H. Clarke's Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica, Pocket manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. The gradation of symptoms of Allen's Keynotes into bold, italics and roman has been preserved in this book. The freshness to the keynotes is given by addition of features like pharmacy, key words, sphere of action, guiding features, mental generals, physical generals, clinical conditions etc. Care has been taken to rectify the lacunae and omissions of Allen's Keynotes and to arrange the particular symptoms of the medicines, in anatomical schema.

In the first instance, the medicines of Homoeopathic Materia Medica syllabus of 1st B.H.M.S. course have been dealt with, in this book. However, efforts will be continued by the Council to cover the remaining medicines of B.H.M.S. course, in future.

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