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OUR INSPIRATION - DR. J. N. KANJILAL

To write an ode for one’s teacher is both a matter of privilege, pleasure and pride. Being a disciple of the late Dr. J.N. Kanjilal, the author had an opportunity to know the Master Homoeopath intimately. In every fibre of his soul he was a Homoeopath. His genius, in countless instances, was manifested not only by the tactful approach towards his patients'  complaints, but also the untiring work in the academics of this therapeutic art. It shall be a fitting tribute to him, if by following his life and works, we may in some way improvise our knowledge of our system and renew our commitments towards the goal of our lives, just as he did.

Birth - 30th August 1908 – A red letter day in the history of Indian Homoeopathy. On this day, in a small hamlet of East Bengal, today known as Bangladesh, was born our guru Dr. Jnananedra Nath Kanjilal. After completing his medical education at the Carmichael Medical College (MB 1936), he started his practice in a small village called Daulatpur, near Khulna in 1938.

Transformation – Being a staunch freedom fighter, he was jailed at Khulna. It was there in the dark prison rooms, that he had a date with homoeopathy. Being an avid reader, he immediately took this newer approach to treat the sick and immersed himself in the basics of homoeopathy. The severe cerebral malaria epidemic of 1940 rampaged his village and changed his life forever. He found remarkable success with homeopathic medications in controlling the epidemic. This inculcated in him a deep sense of commitment and respect for homoeopathy.

He proceeded to complete his D.M.S. Diploma and M.B.S. Degree from the state faculty, Homoeopathic Medicine, West Bengal.

Professional Career – Being a Master academician, he was associated with D.N. Dey Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Kolkatta. Dr Kanjilal taught various subjects such as: Pathology, Clinical Medicine, Materia Medica, Philosophy and Gynaecology. A firm believer in the original Hahnemannian thoughts, he often remarked “Scientific training differentiates a therapist from a quack.” Having a roaring practice at Kolkatta his approach to the patient and prescriptions blended perfectly with the principles of the Organon.

Academic Associations - He was a Life member and a General Council member of the all India Homoeopathic Medical Association. He was also the only member of the Central Council of All India Institute of Homoeopathy simultaneously. An indefatigable crusader for unity, he was the founder of the West Bengal Homoeopathic Federation and went on to unify the two, All India Associations to form The Homoeopathic Medical Association of India. As a token of gratitude and acknowledgement of the services he rendered, the homoeopathic fraternity bestowed the coveted chair of the President of Honour for life.

There was no national committee appointed by the Government of India, without him being its vital force. Some of these being the Research Committee, Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee, Planning Commission Task Force, etc.. Dr Kanjilal was the Assistant International Vice President for India of the International Homoeopathic Medical League and president of the All India Homoeopathic Editors Guild. Till before his retirement about a year ago, he was a regular participant in the International Congresses.

I can recount an instance worth mentioning which depicted his deep sense of commitment to the Hahnemannian philosophy and an unwavering zeal that set him apart from the rest. It was at the time when a discussion was taking place at the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Committee of the Drug Technical Advisory Board of India on inclusion of patents in homoeopathic pharmacopoeia. Without giving any second thought, when his objections were getting over-ruled he immediately placed his resignation letter. Along with him Late Dr. P Sankaran and myself were the members. It was only after a negotiated settlement that the parent drugs like Alfalfa, Cinerama maritima, Euphrasia, etc. were retained in pure forms and no mixtures were allowed.

With his characteristic fervour and single minded efforts, he fought for the recognition of the qualified homoeopaths of India for being recognized as full fledged members of the International Homoeopathic league instead of being classified as second – rate associate members. He was perhaps the only one to return his M.B.S. degree following criticism regarding the modalities of the awards.

Publications - His contribution to the academic and scientific field is outstanding. He has published several extremely useful papers. His hard hitting editorials in the popular journal Hahnemannian Gleanings on a variety of subjects were an eye opener and food for thought. He was one of the torch bearers and advisor of the Homoeopathic Heritage as well as the editor of the Journal of the Homoeopathic Medical Association of India. He even offered valuable suggestions and his own precious rare books for reprint. He was ready to sacrifice anything for a cause or a principle. Even in his ripe old age, in fact just for a year previous to his death, he remained very mobile and used to attend all conferences and meetings in India and abroad where his august presence was required. He was a colossus in the Homoeopathic field - a multifaceted personality, the like of which shall be very difficult to duplicate again.

Repertorization J.N. Kanjilal

How to utilize symptoms of the case for finding out the similimum with the help of repertory.  

This book is a gift for all the students of homeopathy as it serves as a reference guide to get a complete picture of the method of repertorisation and its uses. The book is an excellent work for the students of homeopathy who want to learn the art of case taking and then selecting the similimum with the aid of a repertory. The author writes about the steps to approach the patient and prescriptions blended perfectly with the principles of the "Organon of Medicine". ·
Classification of Symptoms and their importance in case taking · Knowledge about correct prescription · Importance of different types of repertories in homeopathic practice · Cases illustrating methods of repertorisation

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