George Vithoulkas has structured the Materia Medica Viva in order that the information will be used for both study and reference. The Essential Features are the part of the remedy that should be studied by the student. The rest should be used only for reference in studying a case.
The essential features which he consider the heart of the remedy in which he give mostly his own experience and his understanding of the remedy. In this chapter he tried to capture the uniqueness of each remedy, the peculiarities that cause one remedy to be different from another, so that the student may be helped in understanding the remedy in its essence and the way it differs from others. This part is the one that the students should study.
The second part gives generalities and keynote symptoms on different systems. This part is only for reference when you study a case.
Roger Morrison, MD.
"It is my prediction, or rather my conviction, that the materia medica viva will be the standard against which all other homeopathic texts will be measured for the next hundred years. George Vithoulkas has here begun a work as far beyond other contemporary writings just as Kent's "Lectures on Materia Medica" exceeded other materia medicas of his day. The materia medica viva is breathtaking in scope and detail. The chapters highlight both the new insight of Mr. Vithoulkas into the essence and central uses of the remedies as well as supplying all the important confirmatory symptoms for each of the remedies described. Along with homeopaths throughout the world, I anxiously await completion of the other volumes of this magnificent work."
Bill Gray, M.D.
"His teaching has had immeasurable impact on my prescribing and on an entire generation of homeopaths throughout the world. Anxiously we have awaited the completion of "Materia Medica Viva" for more than a decade. Written in modern times by a true master of homeopathy, this will certainly become the basis of study and reference in my practice and for future generations of dedicated homeopaths as well."
Ronald W. Davey, M.D.
"All homeopathic practitioners will be immensely grateful that such a skilled and internationally known homeopath has devoted so much of his time and resource in producing such a comprehensive opus magnus. The "Materia Medica Viva" series will serve for decades to come as reference manuals and source books for generations of homeopaths. It stands on a par with the past masters of homeopathy and yet also benefits from the accumulated experience of two centuries."