'A Study on Materia Medica’ is a wonderful collection of lectures
by Dr N.M. Choudhuri. The author has given a brief of all the
drugs in a story format starting from its source description and
then goes ahead to form a clinical picture and describes the
personality in a beautiful way. The examples of cases given are
also very good which give the practical aspect of the drug.
In the beginning of each drug are the notes on the drug which give
the characteristic key features. The comparative study given is
also in very simple language and gets absorbed as you read it. It's
a must read for all students and an all time guide for practitioners.
'This treatise is the outcome of N.M. Choudhuri’s lectures to
students of Bengal Allen Homoeopathic Medical College of which
he was the Principal. It incorporates the teachings and
experience of many masters, supported by his own experience of
Dr N.M. Choudhuri was an alumni of the Hering Medical
College. He was Ex-principal and Sr. Professor of Materia
Medica, Bengal Allen Homoeopathic Medical College and
Hospital, Kolkata. He was also Editor of ‘Home & Homoeopathy’
for along time.
The first edition of "A Study on Materia Medica" is exhausted
and a second edition of the book has taken the place of the first. We
are enjoined to do the best we can according to the light that is
thrown on us. Judging from this standard, | feel that the first edition
has been a success.
In accordance with the newer light and the fresher revelations
to the soul, the new edition of the book has been so reformed and
altered that it might as well have been a different book with a new
nomenclature. It is a great improvement, on the first, inasmuch as it
covers a vastly bigger field and embodies the experience of the last
twenty years of my practice. The remedies have been arranged in an
alphabetical order, and a great endeavor has been made to rectify
many of the defects in the previous edition. Almost all the known
remedies have been embodied in this volume with the exception of
a few, a very few minor ones of empirical and unauthenticated
In my capacity as the Principal of the Bengal Allen Homoeopathic
Medical College, | have to deal very largely with materia medica,
and this treatise, properly speaking, is the outcome of the lectures
delivered to the students.
It has therefore done its day’s work in the propagation of the
principle of "similia." | too have been amply repaid for the night
after night of toil by the satisfaction it has already afforded me, that
though the way has been long and dreary, it has been traversed in
the wake of the immortals—of my loving preceptors here as well as
abroad, whose standard it has been my good fortune to carry in the
field of their glory.
Finally, it gives me great pleasure to have this opportunity to
express my heart felt thanks to some of my colleagues for the valuable
service rendered by them, chief among whom must be mentioned
the names of doctors K. M. Banerji, J. N. Hazra and M. N. Banerjee.
To Dr. K. M. Banerji is due great credit for many of the practical
suggestions | received from him. Drs. J. N. Hazra and M.N. Banerjee
have great claim on me for the untiring devotion, zeal and earnestness
with which they have served me during these tedious months of
hard mental labor.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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