The book "colnparative Materia Medica for students" is a small treasure in the
armamentarium of comparative materia medica. The aim of this book is to discipline the
students in the study of materia medica in a systematic way. Idea is to compare the various
aspects of drugs of materia medica like the source, prover, ailments from, diathesis,
temperament, constitution etc. This will help the students to grasp the various aspects of
different remedies and reproduce this knowledge at the time of examination as well as apply it
when they go ahead with their practice. Comparisons are of three categories- a) Common
comparisons asked in the exams. b) Comparison of very similar remedies. c) Comparison of
remedies that are difficult to differentiate in the clinical practice.
The book is a masterpiece and will be highly beneficial for undergraduates, postgraduates and practitioners as well.
Dr. Samir Chaukkar has been teaching and practicing
Homeopathy since the last 13 years. He has graduated
from the prestigious C.M.P. Homeopathic Medical College,
Mumbai in 1991 following which he has done his post gradution
from the British Institute of Homeopathy, UK. His keen
interest in addictions medicine made him pursue the Post-
graduate Diploma in Addictions Treatment from Canada.
He has also done his M.D. in Homeopathic Materia Medica
from the Y.M.T. Homeopathic Medical College, Navi Mumbai. He is also attached
to the same college as Professor in Dept. of Materia Medica since last 12 years. He
also has his private Practice in Homeopathy.
Dr. Varsha Sharma has been teaching and practicing
Homeopathy since 6 years. She has graduated from the Nagpur
Homeopathic Medical College and has done her M.D. in Or-
ganon and Philosophy from the prestigious A.M. Shaikh Ho-
meopathic Medical College, Belgaum. She is attached to Y.
M. T. Homoeopathic Medical College, Navi Mumbai as a lecturer
in Organon and Philosophy since last 6 years.
We have been teaching Materia Medica and Organon since the last 12 years
and have come across many students who either just cram Materia Medica for
appearing in the viva voce as well as theory. When they appear for the next year
they forget the same drugs, which they had so called, remembered the previous
year. Another problem is lack of seriousness towards Homeopathic subjects and
more inclination to allied subjects which makes the approach of students towards
materia less systematic. This frustrates them and their interest in Materia diminishes
making them vulnerable to use cheap guides, which undermines the under-
standing of Materia Medica.
By the time they finish their final year they are confused and are not able to
apply whatever they have learnt in these years. This makes them stray away from
the path of Homeopathy and then fall prey to allopathy or homeoallopathy which
is practicing Homeopathy like an allopath.
An understanding of Materia Medica and developing interest in Homeopathy
is possible only by reading works by authors like Kent, Choudhary, Tyler,
Boericke, Phatak , Nash, etc. The art of comparative Materia Medica can be achieved
by regularly reading Materia and comparing one remedy with another. The books
available on comparative Materia Medica are very few, to name some Gross and
The aim of this book is to discipline the student in the study of Materia Medica
in a systematic way by giving him the knowledge of the source, prover, ailments
from, diathesis, temperament, constitution etc. so that at one glance he is able to
view and grasp the various aspects of the remedies in front of him and also reproduce
them in front of the examiner as well as in theory exams. We have selected
the remedies, which are commonly asked in the exams and also those who are
quite similar to each other and are difficult to differentiate in clinical practice.
It should not be mistaken as a book of therapeutics but students can avail the
facility and services of this humble effort for therapeutics too keeping in mind that
there are no specifics in Homeopathy (aph no. 147) and hence every comparison is
not only limited to its sphere but goes much beyond it, informing the Homeopathic
student about the constitutional aspects of the remedy.
The salient features of the book are as follows:
1. Drugs frequently asked in the B.H.M.S. and M.D: examinations are included
in this work
2. Drugs are compared keeping in view a fixed systematic format like common
name, family, prover, constitution, diathesis, temperament, disposition, mi-
asm, thermals, ailments from, location, sensation or character of condition,
modalities, accompanying symptoms and clinical conditions where the drugs
3. The references from the various books are written in front of the symptoms
within brackets for the student to have a glance at the sources from which the
4. Important symptoms are highlighted in bold letters.
5. Common symptoms of both the drugs are merged and placed at the beginning
of each section.
6. An attempt has been made to place the nature or character of contrastin
symptoms exactly opposite each other and should be maintained to preserve
the individuality of this book over others in the market.
7. In order to maintain the holistic view of te drug we have included the general
modalities along with the particular modalities.
We hope that this book finds way in the hearts and brains of all the students
both undergraduates as well as post graduates and helps them in their path to practice
Hahnemannian Homeopathy successfully.
We wish to thank our students Poonam, Hetal, Preety, Prajakta & Samreen
for their sincere efforts in the making of this book.
Any feedback or suggestions are welcome. We have always strived hard for
excellence and anyone can mail us or contact us on the following address.
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