Handbook of Materia Medica
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OverviewPrimarily derived from T.F. Allen's Encyclopedia and his clinical notes it offers great value in a library of limited space.
1165 pp hb
DetailsHandbook of Materia Medica and Homoeopathic Therapeutics, by T. F. Allen, was published in 1889. The preparation of this book was begun immediately after the completion of Allen's 'Encyclopedia', in order to have a condensed work.
Errors were corrected and omissions from the 'Encyclopedia' were rectified. Most of the provings and many cases of poisonings from the intervening 10 years were added, as well as Allen's clinical notes.
Remedies from Mure and Houatt were removed for this volume. The 'Lacs' along with some of the nosodes were also left out.
Here is Allen's perspective on materia medica:
"Systematic study of a drug requires a very different sort of an arrangement; for this the student needs to consult impartially all provings which have been made in good faith, to note the evolution of drug-effects, to compare the day books of the different provers, and to determine, if possible, the true characters of the drug-disease. A full collection of all provings would be most valuable."
HeritageOriginally sold by subscription only. An immense work, primarily derived from his Encyclopedia and his clinical notes.
Hahnemann's schema is followed and is interspersed with clinical notes. It is of interest to note that most of the remedies proved by Mure have been deleted because "scarcely any have been found valuable."
Julian Winston writes:
That last sentence is very interesting! A perusal of some current (last 30 years) literature finds a fair number of cases of remedies proved by Mure and found in his 1853 book--Hura, Mancinella, Elaps, and Crotalus cascavella. Could it be that the symptomatology elicited in the provings was not observed in patients until "modern times"?
The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author