NHR Oct-Dec 2018: Book Review: Keynotes Advances & Complete: by Dr. Rohit Gupta

Keynotes Advances & Complete: by Dr. Rohit Gupta

Subhas Singh1, Tauqueer Alam*2

  1. Editor-in-Chief, National Homoeo Recorder; Assistant Professor and Head, Dept. of Organon of Medicine and Homoeopathic Philosophy, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Govt. of India
  2. Postgraduate Trainee, Department of Homoeopathic Materia Medica, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Govt. of India

*Correspondence: tauqueernih@gmail.com

Publisher: Self

Year: 2018

Edition: 1st

Place: Faizabad, Lucknow, UP, India

Length: 445 pages

Price: Rs. 360/-

ISBN: 9789353119331




Allen Keynotes is probably the most read and used book on Materia Medica in the homoeopathic world, it has given rise and inspired so many other books. The book Keynotes Advances & Complete by Dr. Rohit Gupta is one of such. He is a young and dynamic homoeopath having completed his BHMS from Kharagpur Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital then deciding to test what he has learn in his clinic rather than following the current trend of going for MD (Homoeopathy) studies.

This is the extensive work done carefully and authentically to make Allen’s Keynote more interesting. The author have not change the terminology and arrangement of the original book “Keynote and Characteristics with Comparison’s of some Leading Remedies of Materia Medica by H. C. Allen but has the required correction. Which has crept into through its various editions and innumerable prints and reprints? He has made the 2nd editions of the Allen’s Keynote as his base and makes corrections and additions from it.  Some additions and modifications have also been sourced from Herring’s Guiding Symptoms and H. C. Allen’s Materia Medica of Nosodes. He has tried to make the Allen’s Keynote more palatable with a comprehensible.  The author tries to minimize the errors of the Allen’s Keynote by upgrading, correcting, and adding symptoms of the remedies available or mentioned in the book under different remedies of the practical ease collected all the patho-physiological symptoms and mentioned it one heading as clinical indication. Most importantly he tries out to frame out the Allen’s Keynote into two sections. One is for the First Prescription and second is for Second Prescription. The former section contained particulars with their modality, clinical indication and last constitutional. The second section is includes the relationship of the remedies as he charted out it in a different section.

All the drugs are numbered and arranged same of the schema followed by the H.C. Allen. Gradation has been coloured to make it more distinctive and the same old typology has maintained. Many of the symptoms of the book are underlined signifies addition from original 2nd edition of Allen’s Keynote published in 1899, corrections (printing mistakes), and completion of the symptom. After the “Relationship” there appears Asterisk (*) denoting presence of particular symptoms in other drugs in parenthesis or the Relationship heading of the drugs. In some medicine after the clinical indication the i.e. the patho-physiological symptoms mentioned along with red-line prescribing symptoms those summaries the drugs for the easy constitutional prescribing. One of the interesting parts of the book is that before reading the book, the author has described his suggestion as to read and understand the Allen’s Keynote. These suggestions are very appreciable especially as they are coming from very new entrant to the profession. Emphases have been given on how every word mentioned in the Allen’s Keynote which understanding is very important for prescription. In the section after the index, the author has explained the word meaning of difficult & old medical terminology of the Allen’s Keynote which is very helpful to understand the exact nature and essence of the medicines. One of the most important correction and addition is in the section of Nosodes, where the author’s concern has been reflected about the genuineness of the symptoms and their additions from the corresponding sources. The author has added stalwart’s cases in this part, making the section very useful. There are some important addition and correction in Imponderabilia too.

This very interesting and important book should be in possession of every serious student, postgraduate scholars, researchers, faculties, and practitioner of homoeopathy. It can be considered as complete by itself and can be useful guide and should find a place in every homeopathic medical college library.


The book is an end result of a very thorough and back breaking labour. However one feels some discussion and justification would have benefitted very serious academicians who may wonder why 2nd edition of Allen’s Keynote (1899) was considered as the benchmark for corrections. Moreover, use of different editions may not go well with those who are habituated and have adapted to that particular format.

Cite this article as: Singh S, Tauqueer A. Book review: Keynotes Advances & Complete: by Dr. Rohit Gupta.  National Homoeo Recorder 2018;14(4):64-66.

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