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June 9, 1928

The Indian Materia Medica.

JAMA. 1928;90(23):1902. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690500064032

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Abstract

Patriotism for Hindu medicine is the motive inspiring this, perhaps the most exhaustive, treatise on Hindu materia medica yet available. Its chief animus is Swadeshism, a boycott of foreign goods. The author was impelled toward the preparation of the book by "the deep sense of the glaring evidence of the chronic grinding poverty all around us and the annual loss of nearly two scores of rupees to India for importing costly foreign medicines." The author believes that, "if a medical man has a good knowledge of bazaar medicines, he can treat many minor maladies and remove much suffering at very little cost.... And what a saving an intelligent householder will make in his expense, time, trouble and anxiety, if he will have a little more of self-reliance and a little less of the feeling of helplessness in cases of minor complaints of everyday occurrence, and with discretion will make use

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