Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Benzenum in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977….


      Benzol affects the blood causing decrease of red and increase of white cells, so it ought to be of use in Leukaemia. Patients are tired and nervous. Hallucination as of a great white hand appeared to him in darkness. Pain travels from below upwards. Sense of falling through bed and floor. Epileptiform attacks, coma and anaesthesia.


      Night. Right side.

S.R. Phatak
A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.