Dictionary and Help for Further Study of Allen's Keynotes
Prof. (Dr.) Subhas Singh
Allen’s Key Notes is the popular name of the book, it is indisputably the most read, most used and of course the most popular book not only in India but probably in the world. However, those who are somewhat less fluent in English or whose mother tongue is not English, face difficulties in reading ...Read More
Allen’s Key Notes is the popular name of the book, it is indisputably the most read, most used and of course the most popular book not only in India but probably in the world. However, those who are somewhat less fluent in English or whose mother tongue is not English, face difficulties in reading and understanding some of the words used in the book. Even for those who are much versed in English, some of the terminologies used in the book are difficult to comprehend. Many of the terminologies and nomenclature are quite out of use. The author has tried to provide the word meaning to some of the selected words, terms and nomenclatures used in Allen’s Key Notes. Keeping into consideration the difficulties faced by readers in reading and understanding the vocabulary used in Allen’s Keynotes, the author has come up with this dictionary of Allen’s Keynotes.
What to expect from the book-
- There is segregation of the symptoms (Keynotes) according to the various chapters and subchapters. All the related symptoms of all the medicines of Allen’s keynote are arranged at one place.
- Clubbing of the unrelated but similar-sounding symptoms is done at one place, which makes an easy comprehension and learning of Allen’s keynote. The purpose of this effort is to make comparative study more interesting
-In the relationship chapter the relations and notes have been added and put in one place which is scattered throughout the book. The arrangement of relationships in different headings will make it more palatable.
The aim behind publishing this book is to make the study of Allen’s Keynote much easier and efficient so that our readers can utilize Allen’s Keynotes to its full potential. We hope this will make memorizing materia medica easier.
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Prof. (Dr.) Subhas Singh
About the AuthorProf. (Or.) Subhas Singh, M.D. (Hom.), Ph.D. is a wäl-known personality in our homoeopathic world. He has an experience of more than 25 years in Homoeopathic practice and teaching. He is currently the Head of the Department of Organon of Medicine, Homoeopathic Philosophy, Chronic Disease & Psychology, 'National Institute of Homoeopathy at Kolkata'. He is also the Chief Editor of NATIONAL HOMOEO RECORDER, A Peer-Reviewed Free access online Homoeopathic Quarterly Journal. He is... Read More
DR YOGESH NITURKAR
About the reviewer- DR YOGESH NITURKAR MD from Dr M L Dhawale Memorial Homoeopathic Institute, Palghar. Homoeopathic Consultant Mathura Homoeopathic Clinic, Latur.Assistant Professor, V K Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Latur.Secretary, District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC), Latur. Allen’s keynotes is one of the most popular and widely used book on materia medica. Time and again various serious followers of this book had made positive efforts for understanding and applying Allen’s keynotes in their daily practice. One more such successful attempt has been made by Dr Subhas Singh and his entire team by simplifying Allen’s keynotes in the form of Dictionary and help for further study of Allen’s Keynotes. As a learner it is always difficult to understand the exact meaning of materia medica terms. Hence, it was the need of hour to minimize this hurdle by creating dictionary of terms that are encountered in Allen’s keynotes. This kind of work is possible only if one masters the basic work, understands the structure, concept and the underlying principles upon which Allen’s keynotes is framed. The objective of this book is to make the study of Allen’s keynotes much easier and efficient so that the learner, teacher and practitioner can utilize Allen’s keynotes to its full potential. The book covers biography of H C Allen covering his birth, family background, education, life as a homoeopath and his contributions as a teacher of materia medica, practitioner and dean of his own Hering Homoeopathic Medical college and literary contributions in journals and books. The next chapter is on prescription on keynote symptoms or keynote method of prescription written by Dr Subhas Singh. The chapter is a review of different concepts, ideology and acceptance vis a vis criticism about keynote prescription and the challenges in Homoeopathic practice. The chapter describes the evolution of keynote symptom as a concept of Hahnemann and H N Guernsey and further carried on by H C Allen and Stuart Close. The idea of using keynote prescription was strongly criticised by J T Kent and cautioned by Charles Raue. But one may have a question in mind that why H N Guernsey was in favour of Keynote Symptoms? The author reflects on the need of keynote symptoms felt by H N Guernsey as it was born out of the perception while teaching materia medica to the students of Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia. The students faced problems of understanding and applying materia medica. Further, H C Allen was big advocate of the keynotes. Both G N Guernsey and H C Allen made one thing clear that keynotes are simply suggestive. The dictionary part covers vocabulary along with indicated remedy inside the bracket and the meaning of term. If there is further reference or classification of the term that is also covered for better understanding. Alphabetical order of terms is followed in the dictionary. The next section is on help for further study of Allen’s Keynotes under mental generals, particulars, generals, sensations, time and time modalities, miscellaneous and relationship of remedies. It reduces the pain of going to a particular remedy and searching for a keynote. The user has to locate the keynote under the general or particular and find out the remedy. Overall the book is a must have collection for the serious student, teacher, practitioner and follower of Allen’s Keynotes as the author has made all possible efforts of retaining originality of the book. Author has segregated the keynote symptoms according to the various chapters and sub chapters. All related symptoms of all medicines have been arranged at one place so that the learning and application part becomes concise, precise and comprehensible.