Author: S R Phatak
Publisher: B Jain Pub.
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788131900024
This is a brief material medica derived primarily from the work of Boger, with additions. While most practitioners in the USA who wanted a small Pocket Manual often chose the Boericke work, many in the UK preferred the Phatak work. In a comparison between them one many find Phatak to be a bit more readable. Those who have used it way that the summaries he presents of the remedies contain useful details that are not founding Boericke’s.
In compiling this materia medica, the author has included all the symptoms given by Boger. He has simplified many of his ambigious words by expalining their meaning. He has also included many useful clinical and other symptoms from other materia medicas which were not given by Boger.
Materia medica and repertory are the twin pillars on which a successful practice of homeopathy stands. Both are complementary to each other. None is complete in itself. Study of material medica is a long drawn out effort. There is no shot or easy road to success.
Drugs should become your friends. You can identify your friend from the way he rings the bell, taps or opens the door, climbs the foot-steps, etc. Similarly, you should be able to know the drug even when it is partially studied.
The most difficult thing in homeopathy is interpretation of symptoms. When the patient is telling his story in his won words, you should be able to fix these, in terms of rubrics given in the repertory. It you have grasped the material medica well, certain drugs will automatically come o your mind. Verify them in repertory. Causation, modalities are more important. The peculiar symptom which the underlying pathology fails to explain does many a time point towards the suitable drug.
Three types are used in this book to show the gradation. Relative importance of different symptoms is given by this. But in a particular patient a low grade symptom may prove to be the most important. So you need not be carried away by the gradations.
Allium Cepa (Red onion)
Allium sativum (Garlic)