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Date posted: March 28, 2013

Book review by Dr Mansoor Ali 

Title : Snakes to Simillimum – Demystifying Venom

Author :   Farokh J. MASTER, MD

snake

Published by
B. Jain Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
1921/10 Chuna Mandi
Paharganj, New Delhi-110055
Ph.no.-9811959189
Email :  info@bjain.com

811 pages, hardback

Foreword by Dr. Frederik Schroyens

Farokh J. MASTER had tried his best to make this book as interesting, exciting and reader-friendly as possible. No such book on snakes, complete in information and authentic at the same time, has appeared so far and therefore I recommend this to all students and practitioners. This book on ophidia is a delightful and valuable addition to our knowledge of materia medica and therapeutics.

A comprehensive overview of homeopathic snake remedies, packed with up-to-date details about snake taxonomy, biology, habitat, and provings, with clinical & differential materia medica,  both well-known and newly proven snake remedies – plus an attached CD contains beautiful flash presentations  of snakes along with descriptions- this  book will be useful for  busy practitioners and students alike..

“Mythology” – section beautifully decoded ancient and modern beliefs in various civilizations and cultures, including Roman mythology, Greek mythology, Hebrew mythology, Egyptian mythology, Indian mythology, role of cobra in Indian culture, Buddhist mythology etc…

Salient Features

  • The full proving diaries are included for detailed study of how the drug picture was formed – included after analysis and compilation of symptoms from proving
  • Research work on not yet completely explored Ophidia
  • Descriptive work on mind and dream of all snakes to understand ‘personality type’
  • Prescription based on learning from proving
  • Rubrics are offered to underline the effects of the venoms, and each remedy has a very useful set of ‘bedside guiding symptoms’ covering the whole body
  • A chapter on the group symptoms of the snake remedies as derived from the repertory is included.
  • Individual chapters on each snake remedy, many of which include cases, provings, and even complete proving diaries.
  • Prescribing hints and remedies differentials included throughout the text. The addenda of comparisons between the snake and other remedies are useful in the differentiation.
  • “Bedside Guiding Symptoms” give a quick and relevant reference to the most interesting symptoms for each remedy.
  • Appendix offers an alphabetical quick reference to clinical symptoms with remedy differentials. This section useful for students also, since this is mainly a comparative study of various ophdia groups in a particular clinical condition.
  • The idea of understanding the language of the body represented in symptoms and the understanding of symbols in dreams has been included

Contents

Chapter 1: Anatomy of Snakes

Chapter 2: Taxonomy of Snakes

Chapter 3: Mythology

Chapter 4: Symbolism

Chapter 5: Dream Symbolism

Chapter 6: Ancient and Modern Uses of Snake Venoms

Chapter 7: Lists of Snakes

Chapter 8: Homeopathic Remedies Made from Snake Venoms

and its Various Parts and Taxonomy of Snake Remedies

Chapter 9: Group Symptoms of Snake Remedies with rubric interpretation give birds eye view

Chapter 10: Boa constrictor

Chapter 11: Bothrops alternatus

Chapter 12: Bothrops atrox

Chapter 13: Bothrops jararacussu

Chapter 14: Bothrops lanceolatus

Chapter 15: Bungarus fasciatus

Chapter 16: Cenchris contortrix

Chapter 17: Cerastes cerastes

Chapter 18: Clotho arietans

Chapter 19: Crotalus cascavella

Chapter 20: Crotalus horridus

Chapter 21: Dendroaspis polylepsis

Chapter 22: Echis carinatus

Chapter 23: Elaps corallinus

Chapter 24: Family Hydrophiidae and Hydrop his cyanocinctus

Chapter 25: Lachesis muta

Chapter 26: Naja naja naja

Chapter 27: Oxyuranus scutulettus

Chapter 28: Python regia

Chapter 29: Toxicophis pugnax.

Chapter 30: Vipera aspis

Chapter 31: Vipera berus

Appendix A: Alphabetical Listing of Pathologies and Conditions with Remedy Comparisons

Arrangement of drugs/chapters
Common name with family
Physical make and habitat
Proving of that venom in various literatures/authors
Important mental generals & physical generals
Bedside guiding symptoms
Pathological symptoms/ clinical indications
Summaries and comparative tables
Case presentations

“The book gives a perfect summary of our present knowledge about the snakes and the information added from the provings. It also meticulously prepares a homeopath for the future expansion of this knowledge. “- Dr. Frederik Schroyens in foreword

Dr. Farokh Masters must be congratulated on his extensive compilation of snake remedies and the addition of clinical date and provings to our materia medica. There is no doubt that this work will further enrich our knowledge and enhance our clinical results. - Jeremy Sherr, UK

Farokh Master’s Snakes to Simillimum will assist all Classical homeopaths to get closer to the essence of these remedies. He has brought together proving information, materia medica and clinical experience that will be of great use to all those who are interested in practicing classical homeopathy successfully.- George Vithoulkas, Greece

About Farokh J Master
Dr. Master’s birth into homeopathy was in the year June 1976, when he joined Bombay homeopathic medical college, after giving up his studies at the orthodox school of medicine. In December 1979, Dr. Master passed his LCEH examination, 1st class in all the subjects in all the years getting the most coveted silver as well as gold medal. He was also honored by the then Governor of Maharashtra for an outstanding medical career. In January 1980, he joined the college as a junior lecturer in the department of medicine. At the same time he also took the full time post initially as a house physician and later on as an administrative medical officer, in the homeopathic hospital. Both the posts were the first of their kind. Slowly, Dr. Master started giving seminars all over India, and became one of the popular teachers of the country. In 1986, Dr. Master was appointed as the professor in the department of medicine, at the age 29 years. In 1985, he first started teaching abroad, which he continues until today . In 1991, Dr. Master, joined MPK Homoeopathic medical college in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and completed his Doctor of Medicine in December 1994.

Dr Master has written more than 40 books e.g. – The Homeopathic Dream Dictionary, Cross References of the Mind, Perceiving Rubrics of the Mind, The State of Mind affecting the Foetus, Tumors and Homeopathy, The Bedside Organon of Medicine, The proving of Mocassin Snake, Bungarus, etc

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