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Among the various Materia Medica books we use, I always enjoy reading Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics, written by E B Nash. In spite of my attachment to his book, I used to feel that Nash was a fool, because he has not given the drugs in the alphabetical order. It is a real headache to find out the remedy we need to read. I always wondered why B Jain has repeated the same mistake he had done. They could have arranged the drugs in alphabetical order while reprinting, but given only the drug index at the end, just to make the book “user-friendly”.  I am sure that other publishers have also repeated the same mistake!


But, after listening to an introductory lecture on the study of Materia medica by Dr Farokh J Master, I have come to know that I am the real fool to misinterpret Nash and the publishers! There is one solid reason for the non-alphabetical arrangement of drugs in his materia medica. What Nash has given is the real method to study Materia medica – Study one big remedy, and then study the remedies related to the same. This is one of the best ways to study drugs. Unfortunately, we all study unrelated drugs one after the other, and finally, the things are not stored properly in the brain.


So friends, keeping this idea in the mind, it is time to reread the same book again and again in order to understand the remedies.


Wish you a happy reading!


Dr Muhammed Rafeeque

Family Homoeopathic clinic

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Comment by Veeraraghavan A.R. on April 6, 2013 at 12:23am

 Dr Muhammed Rafeeque Sir, I (we) want to know about Dr F J Master's replay. 

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on January 15, 2012 at 7:37am

Thanks for your valuable comments.

Comment by Veeraraghavan A.R. on January 6, 2012 at 9:59am

Very nice poem. Very good sir,,,,

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on January 6, 2012 at 6:07am

Thanks for the poetic reply :)

Comment by Viktor Kalocsai on January 6, 2012 at 5:42am

I don't think that he woz fool,
Rather mean that he woz cool,
As a stripling kid,
He uzed to sit,
On hiz little wooden stool,
Long before he went to Cleveland School.

He healed the sick,
He wrote by heart;
He uzed to sing on his fine tenor voice,
He lived all hiz life by the Almighty God'z choice.

Cee two hundred La-cheee-sis,
You solved and pre-ven-ted a big cry-sis!

One-Eight-Three-Eight One-Nine-One-Seven,
Eugene-Beauharnais-Nash you are high in Heaven!

"I am greatful 'n thankful
for all dee Ho-mee-o-pa-thy world com-muu-nity mem-bers
who remember dee Illustrious
Eugene Beau-har-nais EeeeBeee-Nash; emdeee,
who wazn't fool but rather COOL !"

Comment by Veeraraghavan A.R. on January 5, 2012 at 9:35am

I don't think that Nash was a fool.  The very first literature which I had read in Homoeopathy is Nash's Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics. But still even after 16 years It is very useful to me in all aspects. He is GREAT

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on January 4, 2012 at 11:22pm

We should also note that the title of his book is 'Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics', not Materia medica!

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on January 3, 2012 at 5:36am

Nash was very intelligent. That is the reason why his books are still existing!

In his materia medica, he has given his experience in the second part under each drug (given after the asterisks). M L Tyler and Lippe’s Keynotes also give the views of other physicians. The words of the original provers may be less in these books. But, words of the physicians are also important. Except source books like MM Pura, most of the MM books contain the things other than the words of the provers. Experience of physicians, toxicological studies, quotes from ancient texts, signature doctrines, clinical symptoms, constitutions, etc. Hence source books must be given prior importance. Still, the experience of pioneers is having its own value. The only necessity is we should not blindly follow anybody.

Comment by Hans Weitbrecht on January 2, 2012 at 9:50am

Nash was a fool --, he picked Keynotes established by others, some even wrong indiscriminately and compared them, -- that is how his book came to be, -- its not by practical experience, he arrived at his comparisons, but by desc top theoretical considerations.

compare Lippe, Allen, Hering Gross, Farrington and you will see -- but this would mean work, and that is to be avoided, I suppose.--

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on December 27, 2011 at 11:24pm

Thanks for the valuable inputs.

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