The work of a homeopathic student while studying and applying
materia medica is one to constantly compare and differentiate. He
must compare the pathogenesis of a remedy with the recorded
anamnesis of the patient; he must differentiate the apparently similar
symptoms of two or more, medicinal agents in order to select the
simillimum. To enable the student or practitioner to do this correctly,
the student must have knowledge of the individuality of the remedy;
- something that is peculiar, uncommon, or sufficiently characteristic
in the polychrest remedy that may be used as a pivotal point of
comparison. This pivotal point may be a ‘keynote,’ a ‘characteristic’,
or the ‘red strand of the rope’. This excellent work by Dr H.C. Allen
helps the reader to grasp the PQRS symptoms in no time.
Dr Henry C. Allen, MD, was born October 2, 1836 in the village of
Nilestown near London, Ontario. He studied medicine at the College
of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario, Canada and received his
homoeopathic training at Western Homoeopathic College (AKA
Cleveland Homoeopathic College) in Cleveland, Ohio where he
graduated in 1861. In 1892, Allen helped found the Hering Medical
College and was Dean and Professor of Materia Medica until his
death. DrAllen passed away on January 22, 1909.
What applied to former editions applies to this.
The fact that a sixth is demanded is convincing proof
that Dr. Allen left an indestructible monument of
homoeopathic materia medica, one that 1s true to
homoeopathy and immensely helpful to every physician
who consults it.
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