A TEXT BOOK OF MATERIA MEDICA AND THERAPEUTICS OF RARE HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES. A SUPPLEMENT TO DR. A. C. COWPERTHWAITE’S “MATERIA MEDICA” OR EVERY GREATER MATERIA MEDICA BY OSCAR HANSEN, M.D.
Corresponding Member of the British Homoeopathic Society and of the American Institute of Homoeopathy.
WHEN I, four years ago, come to a determination to go through all our materia medica, and not, as formerly, exclusively deal with the more important medicines, it became immediately clear to me that out handbooks of materia medica (expecting the Encyclopaedia of T.F. Allen) did not embrace the whole list of homoeopathic remedies. The excellent handbook of Professor Allen contained the greatest number, while the text-books of Drs. Cowperthwaite and Jessen (the latter also a good book for the wants of practitioners) have been found more serviceable in size for daily employment. I accordingly took the text-book of Cowperthwaite as my basis, and added to this a great number of notes, which the author intends to embody in the new edition. The remedies, that were not found by me in the textbook of Cowperthwaite, I in particular brought together to form a text-book of materia medica and therapeutics of the rare homoeopathic medicines. A physician, by means of the text-book of Cowperthwaite and with the help of the present Supplement, will now have the whole homoeopathic materia medica at his disposal. For this text-book I have used the following works: Encyclopaedia of Pure Materia Medica, ten vols., of T.F. Allen; T.F. Allen, Handbook of Materia Medica and Homoeopathic Therapeutics; Farrington, Clinical Materia Medica; H.C. Jessen, Therapeutical Materia Medica; Dunham, Lectures on Materia Medica; Dunham, Homoeopathy, the Science of Therapeutics; Dewey, Essentials of Homoeopathic Materia Medica; Burt, Materia Medica Memorizer; Hughes and Dake, Cyclopaedia of Drug Pathogenesy; Hughes, Manual of Pharmacodynamics; Hering, Condensed Materia Medica; E.M. Hale, Materia Medica and Spec. Therapeutics of the New Remedies; Kippax, Diseases of the Skin; Helmuth, Surgery; Arndt, A System of Medicines; Franklin, Venereal Diseases; Clarke, The Prescriber; A. Charge, Traitement hom. des maladies des organs de la respiration; C. Heinigke, Handbuch der Homoeop. Arzneiwirkungslehre; Bahr, Die Therapie; Kafka, Die hom Therapie; Altschul, Reallexikon fur hom. Arzneimittellehre; Puhlmann, Handbuch der homoeopath. Praxis; and Schussler, Eine abgekurzte Therapie, and c.
The grand characteristics are printed in italics, the minor characteristics in common letters; and under the heading “therapeutics” often clinical symptoms are stated.
I entertain the hope that my long and laborious work may be of use to many colleagues, as hitherto the majority of these rare medicines have been scattered broadcast over the large fields of homoeopathic literature. OSCAR HANSEN, M.D.