Materia MEdica literally means that branch of medical science which relates to drugs and their curative properties. The efficacy of the different qualities of a drug or a medicine can be properly determined only after making reiterated experiments on healthy as well as on diseased persons. Besides being well-versed in the properties of drugs and their curative effects, a medical practitioner is to administer minute or large doses of medicine, keeping in view the constitutional and temperamental qualtites of his/her patient -male, female, child- to achieve the desired results.
John Martin Hongberger's Materia Medica is a repository or resume of his unwearied experiment grounded results of his researchers on various types of patients, normal or abnormal, during his travelling adventures of thirty five years in Asian countries.
Needless to say, the Materia Medica in two volumes will be of invaluable help to the botanists, druggists, herbalists, medical practitioners and individual families. Its reprint will be a genuine addition to the medical books in English because of its practical and experimentative merits.