Principles of Prescribing, by K.N. Mathur, was first
published in 1975 and thereafter has exhausted many
editions due to it's ever rising demand in the market. This
is a book containing 30 chapters showing various methods
on which a prescriptions can be based. Though not all of
the approaches are widely accepted or utilized, the
homoeopaths can get an idea as to how they are to be
applied and can judge for themselves. Different methods
are demonstrated including prescribing on the totality,
miasms, keynotes, organ affinities, direction of cure, and
repertorization. Cases that are illustrated in this book are
from Masters like as Hering, Dunham, Lippe, Boger,
Kent, Nash, Burnett, and others. This book is essential for
advancement of homoeopathy and homoeopaths.
Dr. K.N. Mathur was completed born on 10th April, 1906
in the state of Allahabad, India. He completed his MBBS
degree from Lucknow Medical College in the year 1933.
After certain years of practice he felt that Allopathic
system could not cure the chronic diseases. Thereafter he
wanted to study the system of medicine which could prove
better and he started with the study of Homoeopathy and
later worked religiously for its promotion. He worked as
Secretary for the Delhi Homoeopathic Medical
Association for 10 years and as a teacher for a long time.
He has authored many books on subjects of Pathology,
Organon, Repertory, and Materia medica, which are well
appreciated. He died on 28th January, 1977 leaving
behind a large number of students who followed the
system on his footprints.
It is a pleasure and a privilege. to write a foreword to this
book—The Principles of Prescribing and Clinical Experiences
by an experienced and a learned Homoeopath—Dr.K.N
Though the Founder and his illustrious followers have laid
down certain principles of Homoeopathy for practitioners, some
of the disciples are ignoring the same and we find Many practising
in an unscientific manner.
At this crucial stage Dr. Mathur has come foreward to guide
the profession after a labour of love for years. It is commonly
believed and even stated openly that if one case is given to 6
Homoeopathic physicians, they will all find one remedy, In my
long practice and long dealing with well-known Homoeopaths,
I have found this to be a myth only. Instead of 6, they may
find out 12 remedies. This confuses a beginner. There are
various methods of prescribing for the patients, as very nicely
shown in this book. I have been repeatedly telling that Homo-
Eopathy must be simplified atleast for the general practitioners,
and in acute cases like Fever, Cold and Cough, Diarrhoea,
Vomiting, Headache, Renal Colic, Catarrhal] Jaundice, injuries, etc.,
though as consultants, we have to prescribe for chronic
cases of years’ standing, where a real effort is to be made to find
the similimum. For the acute conditions mentioned above, and
many more, there are more or less simple, similar, specific
remedies, which will help the patient to tideover crisis and these
must be taught to a student during the clinical training.
I am requesting the readers to read my paper ‘Simplification of
Homoeopathic Prescribing’ submitted at Poona Homoeopathic
Seminar and printed in Sandesh of July 1975. Dr. Mathur has
given various points of view and has noted various
articles from foreign as well as Indian experts, to convince
the profession that there are different ways for prescribing. It
is to be appreciated that at an advanced age and with poor
Health he has compiled this work single handed.
I would like to mention two or three points which I have
found very helpful in my practice.
Change is the law of nature. Man changes every minute
from his birth to his death. Day changes into night and night
changes in today. Seasons change every year. Emotions.
change, moods change, ideas change, theories change and even
the medical ways are changing with times. At one time Homoeopathy
was in full bloom in the U.S.A. and at present it is nearly extinct.
Hahnemannian Homoeopathy is changing into scientific Homoeopathy.
Orthodoxy is changing to revisionism like Poorbi mimansa changed in
Uttari mimansa. That which satisfies our rationale and shows.
verified experiences is only the touch-stone of truth. Yet we
are fighting over dolls like children instead of grasping new
Principles of Prescribing for advancement of Homoeopathy
and for our own success. The mission of Hahnemann in discovering Homoeopathy
was to cure mildly, quickly and permanently. We _ now find that this
mission is possible for acute diseases but never for chronic
diseases. Psora was regarded as the suppressed form of itch or
miasm of suppressed scabies. It remains in the latent state in
all persons suffering from chronic diseases, and may appear
due to any exciting or contributory cause. Since Hahnemann
several pioneers of Homoeopathy differed from the basic idea
of psora as the fundamental cause of chronic diseases. Dr. J.T.
Kent considers it is due to disturbance of the simple substance.
But it is difficult to understand this simple substance although
Dr. Kent considers that the simple substance is disturbed by our
own thoughts, feelings and actions like the Karma theory of
Indians. Dr. T.P. Paschero of Argentina says that Psoraisa
disposition in the personality of the patients suffering from
chronic Psycho-somatic diseases. Some Homoeopaths consider
Psora due to lack of resistance which does not allow our Vital
Dynamis to allow formation of anti-bodies essentially needed
for recovery from chronic illnesses. Dr. M.B. Desai finds that
viciated background as Psora the cause of the chronic diseases
and unless removed by constant stimulation of vital force by
high potencies of Homoeopathic remedies for the formation of
anti-bodies chronic diseases cannot be cured. We eannot ignore
these ideas sponsored by pioneers of Homoeopathy as_ they
have demonstrated on the basis of Clinical Experiences and
cured chronic cases on these Principles of Prescribing.
The main purpose of this book is to collect all the Prescribing
Principles based on truth of illustrated cases and can be
verified by other homoeopaths. These Principles of Prescribing
are collected from old and new Homoeopathic journals and
books. We want them in the form of a book for all times as
these journals and old literature may not be available always.
‘They shall be useful for the coming generation of homoeopaths
for their success and advancement of Homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy is findinig suitable ground in India to grow ..
as its logic and philosophy is not foreign to its people and even
the present Government and Health Ministry wants to uplift
Homoeopathy by recognising it and gives moral and financial
support for its advancement in all spheres.
As there is not a single book in our literature on the Principles
of Prescribiag although there are a few writers who have
given their experiences in the form of illustrated cases, for
example : Dr, E.B. Nash wrote "The Testimony of the Clinic."’
Dr. Edmond Carlton wrote "Homoeopathy in Medicine and
Surgery." Dr. George Royal wrote his clinical experiences in
"The Homoeopathic Therapy in Diseases of Brain arid Nerves."
Dr. J.C. Burnett has given his cases in his books: Dr. John
Henry Clarke has given cases treated by homoeopaths in his
"Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica" and Dr. Edward
Pollock Anshutz has given clinical cases in his book ‘‘New, Old
and Forgotten Remedies."" Old and new journals published in
the U.S.A., U.K. and India contain a vast literature on Principles
of Prescribing and experiences of a large number of
pioneers of Homoeopathy. They inspired me to write this book.
as I find it essential for the advancement of Homoeopathy and
for the success of homoeopaths.
I am greateful to Dr.S.R. Wadia for giving me his en-
couragement and writing the Foreword of this book, to Dr.
Dewan Harish Chand for his interesting and instructive cases
which led metoopen a new chapter, i.e, "Principles of Prescribing
Based on Blood Investigations." I am proud of quoting
cases from pioneers of Homoeopathy belonging to the U.S.A.,
e.g. Drs. Hering, James Tyler, Kent, Carrol Dunham, Adolph
Lippe, E.B. Nash, C.M. Boger, G.B Sterns, George Royal,
E.P. Anshutz, Gutman Carlton, etc., Pioneers of Homoeopathy
from U.K., e.g., Drs. Burnett, Clarke, Robert Hughes, Bach,
Patterson, Ian Mcainlay Burns, Foubister, etc. Pioneers of Homoeopathy
from India, e.g., Drs. Dewan Harish Chand, S.R. Wadia, P. Sankaran,
S.K. Ghosh, M.B. Desai, Koppikar, R.P. Patel, etc., and other pioneers
of Homoeopathy, e.g., PierreSchmidtz, from Geneva and Thomas
Pablo Paschero from Argentiga etc.
I am also grateful to Shri Prem Nath Jain of M/S B. Jain
Publishers for cooperating in producing this book and Shri
Probhat Chatterjee for giving the shape tothe book in the
present form. The indulgence and excuse of the readers and
authors is, however, sought tor the mistakes that have occured I
Inspite of our efforts.
Homoeopathy is the art of cure based on the natural law of
healing discovered by Dr. Hahnemann. The law is known as
"Similia Similibus curanter’? which means in simple language
that drugs producing similar symptoms also cure such diseases,
Drugs like causes of disease produce similar symptoms because
they influence the susceptibility of the individual and unless
there is susceptibility, or idiosyncracy in the vital dyamis of
the individual prover a drug cannot be fully proved. Hence the
similar curative drug must have susceptibility and idiosyncracy
in the patient to be cured. This susceptibility and idiosyncracy
is recognised when the proved remedy displays secondary action
of the drug or the symptoms of reactions produced by the
prover. ‘These dynamic symptoms are called Characteristic
symptoms, They are peculiar, uncommon and striking symptoms
according to Hahnemann and his followers. Thus we
individualise the drug from its characteristic symptoms especially
in acute diseases. Hence proving of drugs was the first step.
in the art of cure of acute diseases.
Later on when these cured patients suffering from acute diseases
returned again and again for the same kind of trouble or
a different kind of disease he was puzzled and perceived impotency
of vital dynamis viciated by chronic ivfiasms of Psora,
Syphilis and Sycosis. These chronic miasms were hereditary or
acquired and can be found out by taking the history of past
illness and family history of the patient. Psora was regarded as
the non-veneral miasm while Syphilis and Sycosis belong to
veneral miasms. Psora being hereditary or congenital in nature
produces dispositions, diatheses and dyscrasia, é.g., Hereditary
allergy., Haemorrhagic¢ diathesis, Gouty diathesis)s Rheuma-
tic diathesis, Hysterical disposition. , Psycho-somatic dispositions
and adynamic dyscrasias, etc. For the treatment of Chronic
diseases Hahnemann advised treatment of these dispositions by
deep acting anti-psoric remedies. Dr. Burnett suggested zoic
remedies in the form of Noscdes, e.g., Bacillinum, Medorrhi-
num, Syphilinum, etc. Dr. Bach, Sterns and Patterson suggested
Bowel nosodes, e.g., Morgan, Proteus, Sycotic co, etc. Dr. S.K.
Ghosh suggested endocrinic remedies, e.g, Thyroidinum.,
Pituitory, Insuliu, etc.
Some pioneers of Homoeopathy found Autopathic drugs,
e.g, Rénal calculs potentised morbid secretions potentised for
the treatment of chronic diseases as these remedies are similar
to the disease of the patient. Thus we find that pioneers of
Homoeopathy are guiding us by their clinical experiences,
"how chronic diseases should be treated." They have given us
prescribing principles according to which we should proceed
for the purpose of correct line of treatment and avoid spoiling
Among the pioneers of Homoeopathy we find the following
homoeopaths of outstanding character as they have their principles
of prescribing based on experimental vatification and
on their own clinical experiences. Let me point them out
for your information:
Relationship of drugs‘as discovered by Von Boenninghausen,
Clarke and W.E. Boyed have been discussed as these points
of views are new to most of the young homoeopaths.
New ideas about alternation of remedies and combination of
remedies are also added which are found useful by some
pioneers of Homoeopathy or Biochemistry.
Every Homoeopath should be trained and prepared to treat
successfully emergencies, diseases of acute chronic or complicated
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