Pages-114 / First Edition: 2015
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Materia Medica is the backbone of Homoeopathy. An addition to Materia Medica knowledge is always welcome and beneficial. “Tips Of Materia Medica with Comparisons for Competitive / Viva Voce Examinations & for Clinical Practice in Homoeopathy” written by Prof. (Dr) Samarendra Prasad Mishra, M.D.(Hom), is a humble attempt to simplify the burdens of Materia Medica for everyone from students to practitioners of Homoeopathy. This book is mainly based on two important and commonly used Materia Medicas, Allen’s Key Notes and Boericke’s Materia Medica. The common problem faced by students and doctors is memorizing the vast Materia Medica symptoms. The author has simplified this problem by comparing the important symptoms with their similarity and /or opposites in other drugs. This is a simple and easier way to remember Materia Medica in the shortest possible time and with least effort. This pattern is followed throughout this book.
Here is an example from this book:
Sl. no -214. Cough, < after midnight – Drosera.
: Cough, < before midnight – Spongia.
: Cough, < before midnight or towards morning – Hepar sulph.
: Cough, < night & lying on – Hyoscyamus & Conium.
: Cough, > at night & lying on – Argentum met.
: Cough, < lying down on left side – Phosphorus,Drosera & Stannum met .
: Cough, < lying on right side – Mercurius.
: Cough, < day time – Euphrasia,Ferrum met., Nat. mur. & Stannum.
There are also comparisons in common names of the drugs at different places of this book:
Sl. no -322. Poke root is the common name of –Phytolacca.
: Pink root is the common name of – Spigelia.
: Blood root is the common name of – Sanguinaria can.
: Stone root is the common name of – Collinsonia can.
: Soap root is the common name of –Saponaria.
: Snake root is the common name of –Aristolochia.
There is no doubt, this book will be helpful to students studying Materia Medica for competitive examinations like UPSC,PSCs, P.G. entrance examinations, Viva voce examinations etc. This book can also help reduce the burdens of busy practitioners in finding the simillimum in the shortest possible time. In the second part of this book, tips on some rare drugs are given with their sources, preparations and therapeutic applicability.
The cover is attractive, the printing clear and the paper of good quality. There are rare spelling errors. This book could be enlarged in the future to cover more remedies. The book is easily available all over India in all leading medical bookshops.
About the author of this book:
Prof (Dr.) Samarendra Prasad Mishra- B.H.M.S(Hons), M.D.(Hom) in Materia Medica from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, odisha, India. He was former Professor in the Dept. of Materia Medica, Maharana Pratap Homoeopathic Medical College, New Rajendra Nagar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh,India. He was the Examiner of B.H.M.S. examinations of various Universities and also worked on the research projects sponsored by Dept. Of Science & Technology , Govt. of Odisha for some years. He is the Resource Person in Continued Medical Education (CME ) Programme on Mother &Child Care in Homoeopathy at Maharana Pratap Homoeopathic Medical College, Chhattisgarh. He has published three books :Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis with Cassia sophera (English), Homoeopathy Sarasangraha-Odiya and Tips of Materia Medica With Comparisons (English) and has written more than 60 articles on homoeopathy in for leading magazines/Journals of India. He is a clinician with more than 20 years in practice.