The book Roga Vijnana and Vikrti Vijnana by Manoj and Pavana should be a welcome addition to the list of textbooks recommended for study by student of Ayurveda.
The Roga Vijnana and Vikrti Vijnana provide a narrative account of the description of diseases in the classical texts of Ayurveda. One can find a very careful and meticulous compilation of reference from a wide range of classical Ayurvedic texts. Extensive reference to the commentaries also makes this book a very valuable handbook for physicians. In fact, the book is a ready reckoner for the busy physician as well as it provides information that is otherwise scattered easily accessible in one place.
The narration in English with extensive reference to the texts provide as footnotes enable the reader to easily cross cheek the interpretations with the original sources. The translations in sample language render information from multiple sources into a coherent whole.
For students, this book becomes a blessing by providing the Sanskrit verses with the English translation which is interpretative and correlative. The subject is presented in a manner that is clinically relevant. The disease is defined first followed by a detailed account of the etiology and classification of subtypes. The summary of the samprapti in the form of a flow chart is also very helpful to grasp the key events in the pathogenesis at one glance.
The Sanskrit words in the English narration are written in roman transliteration with diacritical marks. In one way, this enables better reading of the English text as the Devanagari script interspersed with English would make the reading a bit difficult. However, for those who would like to read the original Sanskrit, the original verses are available in the footnote.
The samprapti or pathogenesis of all diseases has been summarized in the appendix, which is again a handy reference for the physicians as well as students
The author have an impressive acquaintance with a wide range of original textual sources and it is this exhaustive compilation and their interpretation showing the interconnectedness that is the highlight of this book.
It is interesting to find that in areas of difficult interpretation, the authors chip in the opinions of experts in the field with acknowledgement of source in the footnotes. An example is the reference to the views of Dr. K. Rajagopalan in the context of paksaghata.
In keeping with the requirements of the syllabus recommended by the central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), modern accounts of the diseases are also provided. However, this can be a very tricky exercise as it is not easy to arrive at exact correlations of disease entities described in Ayurveda with the modern nomenclature of diseases.
With all these desirable features, one really wishes that an extensive index of keywords is also provided at the end of the book for quicker access to the information. A glossary providing standard definitions of the technical terms would also be helpful. These could be considered in a future edition. In a future edition, the narrative account of a particular disease could also be placed in the historical context by showing the evolution of ideas across texts at critical chronological and geographical landmarks in the growth and development of Ayurveda.
The book is certainly a needy and handy tool for the student and physician.
Our accidental meeting of Shri.Ratneshwar Mishraji in 2005 and it was through him we got in touch with Shri.Sachin Guptaji, M/s Chaukhambha Sanskrit Series Office, Varanasi; who offered us the chance to work on a book on Roga Vijnana and Vikrti Vijnana. At the very outset we wish to express our sincere gratitude for both Mishraji and Sachinji for providing us this great opportunity to reinvent the basis of our great sastra.
The observation about the first volume of “Roga vijnana and vikriti vijnana” by Dr. Jan Meulenbeld, is indeed a blessing and motivation for taking up textual and clinical studies oriented around our sastras. This word of guruji Dr. Jan Meulenbeld, about our book is the greatest honour bestowed to us in our life.
During our studies blessings and guidance from our guru Dr. K. Rajagopalan is greatest support especially during those testing times of our life.
We avoided a direct correlation of any of Ayurvedic clinical conditions with of modern biomedicine even though information based on biomedicine is provided in each chapter. This is a part of our conscious policy that every book should play as guide and no attempt shall be made to bypass the importance of teacher and clinical experience. Any correlation that the level of text book can set in prejudice in the minds of students and that may corrupt his/her free thinkingis avoided.
The chapters in the book are placed in such a way that student can apply the relationship between the concepts and its interplay in Ayurvedic understanding of disease concepts and its need in clinical practice.
Our conversations with Dr. Thomas Philip, Dr. Manoj N, Dr. Rajesh. R, Dr. Harikumar. B, Dr. P. Sankaran Nair, Dr. J. Srinivasamurthy, Dr. P. P. Jiggesh, Dr. G. Syamakrishnan, Dr. M. Prasad, Dr. S. N. Suresh, Dr. Ramamanohar. P, Dr. Jeorom. V. Kurian, Dr. U. Indulal, Dr. V. C. Deep, Dr. P. M. Madhu, Dr. G. Syamakrishnan, Dr. M. P. Seshnag, Dr. P. S. Syamprasad, Dr. R. J. Sharma, Dr. Ragita Syamaprasad, Dr. Pradeepraj, Dr. M. P. Praveen, Dr. Vishnu Prasanth Bhat, Dr. Mahesh. P. S, Dr. K. Murali, Dr. Ramankutty Warrier, Dr. P. K. V. Anand, all our students and colleagues shaped this book.
Shri. Marcis Gasuns, has indeed expressed his willingness to go through the manuscript and do editing of the text but for want of time we are not in position to submit this for his scholarly editorial scrutiny. We feel ourselves less fortunate to miss this golden opportunity to better our work. We are short of words to express our love and gratitude towards Shri. Marcis Gasuns.
We are indebted to Rajiv Gandhi Ayurveda Medical College Mahe and PNNM Ayurveda Medical College, Cheruthuruthy; for providing all facilities to undertake this task of completing this book.
Our special thanks to Shri. E. Valsaraj, Hon. Minister for Home & Health & Family welfare Puducherry, Shri. M. Muralidharan, Smt. M. Sandhya, Dr. R. Krishnakumar, Dr. T. Saketram, Dr. Manohar Saheb Gundeti, Dr. Venkateshvaralu, Dr. P. Unnikrishan, Dr. V. K. Thampan, Dr. K. Santhoshkumar, Dr. K. N. Bimal, Dr. V. Vineesh, Dr. Rajeev Kumar. R, Dr. Sethu Raj. K. S, Dr. John. K. George, Dr. R. Sreekumar, Dr. Nirupama, Dr. Srilakshmi, for taking out their time for helping in the completion of this work. Our special thanks to all students of the batch 2005 of Sri Kalabhairaveshwara ayurveda college, Bangalore, specially to Dr. Anjanakumari Raina, Dr. Nirja Jani, Dr. Prateek Gadhiya, Dr. Sheik Raja, Dr. Fourkisan L Swear, Dr. Vikram Balu, Dr. Vinayak Solethi for their editorial assistance. Our deep thanks to all students of the batch 2007 and 2008, of PNNM Ayurveda college, Cheruthuruthy, especially to Shruthy Muralidharan, Soumya P, Swetha K. S, Keerthi Sudheer, Sujitha G. G, Rohini G Varrier, Mahima K M, Rechana V P, Sindhu, Chaitanya C, Anila Nair, Sudhina M B, Divya K P, Sunitha K M and Soumya G, for their editorial assistance. We are thankful to Smt Meenu, and office & library staff of PNNM Ayurveda college for all the support extended during the work.
We do not have any tall claims about the current book, the only message to student community is that without the proper scrutiny of classical Ayurveda treatises the proper understanding of Ayurveda is impossible; if some one by reading this text finds interested towards reading; understanding; and discovering Ayurvedic concepts about nidana and cikitsa, we feels that our mission is successful.
Our greatest gratitude to our parents Shri. N. Jayaram, Smt. Shanta, Sri. V. SankaranarayanaIyer, Smt. B. Nagamoni for their blessing and support during the processing of this book. Our thanks to our brothers Shri. Narasimhaprasad, Shri. Vinay Prabhakar and little sister Kumari Svetha Aradhya for supporting us.
The current work may have many shortcomings in its rendering; compilations; and translations readers are welcome to correct us in areas of unforced errors.
Our special gratitude to Shri. Ratnakriti Sharmaji of Shreyasi graphics Varanasi and Shri. Riju Hariji of R. K. Graphics Thiruvananthapuram through them only our work assumed the present book form.
Dr. P. Ramanohar, Director and CSO, AVP Research Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, affectionate mentor of ours took time to read the entire manuscript and blessed us with a scholarly forward. We express our sincere gratitude to him and will implement all his recommendation in the future editions.
Dr. S. R. Chandra and Dr. C. D. Sahadevan, embodiment of knowledge and love towards all in this Kaliyuga, as a mark of respect for both we dedicated this book to the lotus feel of our gurus.
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