Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica

Willis Dewey, MD - 1894

Dewey's aim in preparing Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica was, in his own words:

"...to condense, giving nothing but the Essentials, nothing but the barest skeleton of the subject; that it was not intended for use as an 'Elselbrücke,' nor to supplant, but, rather, to accompany the larger text-books on Materia Medica; and that it was designed merely as a re-arrangement and simplification of the subject of homoeopathic Materia Medica for the use of the student."

It was used as a text-book in a number of homeopathic medical colleges. There was a 4th edition in 1908 and a 372-page 5th edition in 1926. and It was translated into the German, French, and Portuguese languages.

Dr. Dewey taught Materia Medica at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The material in this book was what he expected his students to know at the end of four years. It is a compilation of a series of quiz questions each followed by its answer. For example, "When does aconite cease to be of use? In the second stage of inflammation; when it has localized itself."

From "The Faces of Homoeopathy" by Julian Winston.

Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica can be found in its entirety in Encyclopedia Homeopathica