Systematic Materia Medica is based on 30 years of experience of
Dr K.N. Mathur as a clinician and teacher. This subject is the most
important part for a successful practice. Our Materia Medica is a vast.
ocean and the symptoms under each remedy innumerable.
As said by Dr Kent, "All who would memorize the Materia Medica .
must ignominiously fall".
In this book, author has tried to cope up with the shortcomings in
grasping the Materia Medica.
The salient features of this edition are:
Dr. K.N. Mathur was born on 10th April, 1906 in state of Allahabad,
India. He did his MBBS degree from Lucknow Medical College in the
year 1933. After certain years of practice he felt that Allopathic
system could not cure the chronic diseases. Thereafter he wanted to
study the system of medicine which could prove better and he started
with the study of Homeopathy and later worked religiously for its
promotion. He worked as Secretary for the Delhi Homoeopathic
Medical Association for 10 years and as a teacher for a long time. He
authored many books on the subjects of Pathology, Organon,
Repertory, and one of his most famous work "Principles of
Prescribing’, is well appreciated. He died on 28th January, 1977
‘ leaving behind large number of students who followed the system on
When a person of the calibre of Dr. K.N. Mathur writes a book
one waits with abated excitement at going through it. He has more
than justified his reputation in writing the Systematic Materia
Medica. Though he has laboured hard over this book for the last two
years but it is based on a long experience of thirty years bothasa
practitioner and a teacher.
As I have written elsewhere, the study of the Materia Medica is
like examination of a well cut gem. It sheds a different and new
lustre when examined from its different facets making it an existing
and enriching experience towards the goal of a total understanding
of the dimensions as well as the central core of a remedy. Dr.
Mathur in his Materia Medica has tried to portray a multifaceted
presentation embodying the glimmer witnessed by the great stalwarts
in Homoeopathy. He has dug deep into available literature in
Homoeopathy and availed himself of the experience of his predecessors
and presented it in his own pragmatic style thus adding anew
dimension to the study of Materia Medica and making it a good
At my suggestion he has also added references to recent re-
search by giving with the drugs the Emanometeric group of Boyd
and the related bowel nosode whenever known.
Even though Kent is right in that, "All who would memorize the
Materia Medica must ignominiously fall’, but that cannot be made
a cover for a student's laziness in its study. It is true that the
thousands of symptoms of a drug found in the provings cannot be
committed to memory and to that extent a close and careful
repertory analysis becomes necessary. However, even after the best
of Repertories have been seen the Materia Medica remains the
supreme court of appeal to finally decide on the prescription. And
in all fairness to Kent he has also written that "The continuous
study of Materia Medica by the aid of a full repertory for comparison
is the only means of continuing in a good working knowledge’’. The
dictum of Dr. Tyler to study one drug every day and two ona Sunday
is well worth following if one wishes to attain a high rate of success
in prescribing. As Hahnemann has written that, "‘He (Homoeopathic
Physician) may avail himself of the existing repertories with a view
of becoming approximately acquainted with the true remedy, but in
as much as those repertories only contain general indications, It ts
necessary that the remedies which the physician finds indicated in
those works should be afterwards carefully studied in the Materia
M/s. B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd. have by now become justly
famous for ferreting out and publishing many good Homoeopathic
books including classical works that had for long been out of print.
They have thus succeeded in making available very usful literature
at nominal prices. In the same way this Materia Medica of over one
thousand pages is presented to the profession at a throw-away
It has been my privilege to be the first one to go through this
manuscript and the great benefit and pleasure I] have had in doing
so I wish all Homoeopaths and students to share with me.
In compliance with the request of many physicians from every
corner of the globle, we have undertaken to publish a second edition
of Dr. K.N. Mathur’s Systematic Materia Medica with some additions
and corrections made to it by Dr. Mathur during his life time.
The first edition and its three reprints were printed from the typed
manuscript through offset process. The present edition is a newly
composed one and an Index to Remedies has been added to it which
was lacking in the previous edition. It is our pleasant duty to be able
to submit to the Profession a new and improved edition, and trust
that the Profession will accept it with the same avidity as manifested
on previous occasions.
The publishers wish to express their most grateful appreciation
for the assistance given by Dr. M.T. Santwani in compiling the
Index and Dr. P.S. Rawat in editing the present edition.
Homoeopathic Materia Medica is the outcome of the desire to
cure the patient rapidly, gently and permanently. The first rational
question for this kind of therapy was "How the drugs cure the patient"?
The anewee that came to Hahnemann’s mind was ‘Experience
that yeurself". The Cinchona experiment gave the answer. The
Jaw of Similia Similibus Curentur' was discovered and verified on
hundreds of patients by Hahnemann and his colleagues. Drugs
were proved from all available and imaginable sources e.g., vibrations,
radiations, X-Rays, magnetic poles, radium, minerals, compounds,
acids, alkalies, vegetables, condiments, Atmospheric gases,
animal products, diseased tissues, blood serum and even the
germs that produce diseases. The result of these provings was an
infinite collection of medicinal forces to meet the challenge of the
infinite number of natural and artificial diseases. Our Materia
Medicas contain the provings of all our experiments and personal
experience on all these drugs.
The first Materia Medica was prepared by Dr. Hahnemann
himself. Most of the drugs were proved by Hahnemann and his
colleagues, both on men and women. The provings contained
symptoms in the form of altered sensations and functions felt by the
provers after taking a drug. The symptoms were collected as they
appeared according to the time factor and according to the schema
of Hahnemann. According to this schema the symptoms were
divided according to the parts of the body and the organs involved
in those parts. The symptoms according to the schema were
recorded in the following manner :
1. Mind, 2. Inner Head, 3. Outer Head, 4. Eyes, 5. Ears, 6. Nose,
7. Face, 8. Mouth and Throat, 9. Stomach, 10. Abdomen,
11. Rectum and Anus, 12. Urinary Organs, 13. Male Sexual
Organs, 14. Female Sexual Organs, 15. Respiratory Organs,
16. Chest, 17. Neck and Back, 18. Upper Extremities, 19. Lower
Extremities. 20. Nervous System, 21. Skin, 22. Sleep, 23. Fever.
Besides these symptoms Hahnemann has given in his Materia
Medica Pura something about the drug and its method of preparation
and a few remarks which he observed during the treatment of
patients with the drug e.g., the temper, humour and the make up
of the patient.
Each drug proving contained thousands of symptoms collected
from a number of provers both males and females. Many symptoms
of each drug were found common to a number of drugs, but a small
number of symptoms were found to be peculiar to a particular drug
alone. Many symptoms were unqualified, but some symptoms were
qualified and characteristic. Some drugs showed definite affinity for
the mind or some organs of the body, others showed definite
pathogensis. All these findings produced a problem for the selection
of a drug for the disease of a patient. Hence the second question that
Hahnemann had to answer was "How to select the Similimum’"?
Hahnemann handed over the task to his legal adviser Von Boenninghausen
who was helping him and contributing his experiences
to the homoecopathic literature, especially on the subject of "Evaluation
of symptoms for the selection of the Simillimum".
Boenninghausen classified the characteristic symptoms of the
drugs on the following basis :
Meanwhile a new school was founded by the sponsors of
Keynot Characteristic Symptoms, Drs. H.C. Allen?, E.B. Nash °,
H.N. Guernsey*, Pulford® and others®. They attached special importance
to these peculiar, queer, rare and striking symptoms which
Hahnemann recommended in para 153 of his Organon. Materia
Medicas prepared by these stalwarts of Homoeopathy have shown
the special value of these symptoms in cases treated on the basis
of these keynote characteristic symptoms.
Dr. James Tyler Kent thought that according to Hahnemann
the sick individual is to be cured. Therefore, the symptoms belonging
to the whole patient are of the greatest importance. He therefore
classified characteristic symptoms into two classes :
(a) Mental General Symptoms.
(b) Physical General Symptoms and
(c) Modality General Symptoms, and
Drs. Richard Hughes, Hempel and Burt believed in the pharma-
codynamics based upon the record of symptoms found in the
provings, poisonings, and experiments on animals, The Encyclopaedia
of Drug Pathogericy® gives importance of symptoms, signs
and pathological changes produced by each drug. They attached
importance of drug similarity to acute and chronic diseases as it
was considered by Hahnemann, who saw the resemblance of
Scarlet fever in Belladonna, of Cholera in the Ars alb., Verat alb. and
Cuprum, of Whooping Cough in Drosera, of Measles in Pulsatilla, of
Small pox in Ant tart., of Psora in anti-psoric drugs, of Syphilis in
anti-syphilitic drugs and of Sycosis in anti-psoric drugs. The discovery
of nosodes was hailed as they were considered to be the cause
of acute and chronic diseases. Variolinum, Influenzinum, Diphther-
inum, Pertussin, Pyrogentum, Anthracium, etc., were found to be
very useful in curing acute diseases. Tuberculinum, Bacillium, Medorrhinum,
Syphilinum, Carcinosin, etc. were found very useful in
curing chronic diseases.
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