Materia Medica extracted from Synthesis 5 with unique symptoms of the major remedies."1001 Small Remedies" is a great Materia Medica with a nice title, because it alludes to the Book of The 1001 Nights with good reason. Not that this materia medica is a fancy fairy tale. It is solely based on symptoms from the Synthesis repertory and it gives indeed solid-rock knowlegde of 1001 remedies as far as homeopaths are concerned. Each remedy tells its own tale in the form of graded symptoms. Every symptom is given with the number of other remedies sharing this symptom, which makes it easy to decide its peculiarity. The extracting of essential symtoms is the art of making keynotes and characteristics from the bulk of proving symptoms, and this art is done very nicely here. Also the polychrest problem is solved elegantly in a democratic fashion: Big remedies are condensed to same size as small remedies, which makes the study of remedies straightforward and manageable. So the polychrests are "downgraded" to rock-bottom descriptions, whereas the small remedies are upgraded and given in detail. It makes this great book especially valuable for quick reference, study of essences and for a better understanding of small remedies as well as polychrests. If you dive deep into this way of understanding materia medica, it will likely lead you away from the idea of "small" or "big" remedies altogether. And this is how the real masters worked and work, isn' t it?
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