The first part of this interesting and comprehensive volume is devoted partly to the historical medical and partly to the economic aspects of Indian as well as imported drugs.
The author first traces the origin and discusses the antiquity of the Indian Materia Medica in a manner very instructive and enlightening. He then takes up the subject from the standpoint of economy and shows us how many very necessary substances which he thinks could with little effort and great economy be manufactured in the land rather than imported. In fact the burden of much of the subsequent discussions rotates about this idea, and doubtless he is right. Many of the crude drugs from which the active principles are extracted and utilized as standard pharmacopoeial remedies are indigenous to India in perhaps the wild state but capable of improvement by proper attention to cultivation.