From the Back of the Book:
Agnivesa's Anjana Nidana is one of the very short book on very important subject of Ayurveda- Roga viniscaya Focusing on Pratyatma laksanas of Various diseases seen in everyday practice.
After going through this text a wise physician can make a spot diagnosis and initiate the suitable therapies. Such a very useful classical work for first time has been translated into English in a doctor's friendly languages by Dr. S. Suresh Babu.
It is one of the rare book on Nidana i.e. clinical diagnosis aspects of Ayurveda rare in the sense its form of presentations -it pinpoints one or two clinical features of the particular disease by observing them only a wise physician can spot the clinical diagnosis or vyadhi ciniscaya accurately. Even though number of symptoms and signs have been described for each disease in many Ayurvedic classics, but in many instances these symptoms appears to be very common prevailing in many clinical conditions for e.g. aruci, angasada, dourbalya, sula, vivarnata, etc.
Therefore searching for Pratyatma or specific laksanas is the most authentic method of clinical diagnosis. Agnivesa, sensing the same composed a very short book duly incorporating the essential clinical hints, which serve as hallmark of that particular disease of disorder to enable the attending physician to diagnose the ailment correctly with in a short time and the book is Anjana nidanam composed in around two fifty Shlokas in Sanskrit.
In view of its own significance and practical bed side utility, it is for the first time translated into English language to enable modern Ayurvedic student who generally come through English medium schools and colleges to grasp the subject that is place in a cryptic form easily.
Further There may be a feeling of too short or very concise information is available in the book for certain section of the readers, who have not studied the great Ayurvedic classics like Caraka Samhita, Susruta Samhita, Astanga Hrdaya, Madhava Nidana etc. for such people an exclusive supplement is added, covering a detailed disease wise references suggested fro further reading of the subject matter.
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